Matthew Hastings joined the Duke Physics faculty this fall as an associate professor. Hastings, who earned his PhD in physics at MIT came to Duke from Microsoft. Before that he worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His research interests include quantum computing, condensed matter physics, quantum information theory, and mathematical physics. “My main interest is what quantum information theory can do for condensed matter physics and vice versa,” Hastings says. “I’m interested in the boundary between the two fields.” His work could lead to ways to improve computer simulations used to study the properties of physical materials, especially at low temperatures where quantum effects are important.