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James Hefford

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James Hefford

Doctoral Student


Room 251, Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD
United Kingdom


I am interested in the underlying algebraic structures of quantum theory, in particular how they pertain to possible post-quantum theories - those which exhibit phenomena beyond standard quantum mechanics. Such theories offer invaluable insight into how quantum theory manifests and how we might extend it in the future to capture unexplained phenomena.

Of particular interest is furthering our understanding of generalised decoherence structures including the transition from a post-quantum theory to quantum theory via a hyper-decoherence process. Some of my work involves studying classes of quantum-like theories which exhibit generalised decoherence structures and trying to understand the algebraic and operational characteristics of such theories.


Oxford University DPhil in Computer Science 2019 - Present
University College London MRes in Quantum Technologies 2018 - 2019
Imperial College London MSci in Mathematics 2014 - 2018


I am also affiliated with the CDT in Delivering Quantum Technologies at UCL.



MT20 - Tutor for Quantum Processes and Computation


2017-2018 - Tutor for first year undergraduates

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