Professor of Mathematics
PhD Toronto 2000 Office: HH3055 

Dr. Merkli received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2000. After a threeyear postdoc at ETH Zurich (Switzerland), a twoyear postdoc at McGill University and the Centre de Recherches Mathematiques (Montreal) and a sixmonth research visit at the Fields Institute (Toronto), he joined the faculty of Memorial University in 2006. His research is in mathematical physics, currently centered around the mathematics of open quantum systems. The goal is to rigorously describe various effects on the evolution of a quantum system due to its interaction with some environment (a very large other quantum system). These effects include, for instance, asymptotic relaxation (e.g. thermalization), (de)coherence, (dis)entanglement. They are important from a basic conceptual point of view, as well as from a practical one (quantum information, quantum computing). Mathematical tools used in his investigations are, other than standard functional analysis, (basic) theory of operator algebras, spectral theory of (unbounded nonnormal) operators, spectral deformation theory, probability theory. 