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Chao-Ming Jian

Assistant Professor

In a quantum many-body system, even though the microscopic constituents (like electrons and spins) can be relatively simple, correlations and quantum entanglement can lead to the emergence of novel collective behaviors that are drastically different from the behavior of each individual constituent. Over the years, many examples of highly non-trivial collective behaviors have been discovered in 2d electron gas, cuprates, heavy-fermion materials, graphene, van der Waals heterostructures, and many other experimental systems. These discoveries have been motivating and driving a tremendous amount of progress in the theoretical understanding of how and what types of exotic collective behaviors can emerge following the basic rules of quantum mechanics. Our group is particularly interested in the theoretical study of the emergence of topological properties, exotic critical behaviors, highly entangled phases of matter, and universal dynamics in strongly-correlated quantum systems. We will pursue the development of new theoretical frameworks to characterize novel collective behaviors, as well as the construction of simple and amenable models to capture the essence of interesting phenomena observed in experiments.  


My research interest lies in the theoretical study of strongly-correlated quantum many-body systems. Currently, the following topics are my main focus.

  • Exotic phases in quantum magnets
  • Strongly-interacting quantum critical points and gapless quantum matters
  • Entanglement Dynamics

Educational Background

  • Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell University, 2020-present
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Station Q, 2017-2018 and 2019-2020
  • Moore Foundation Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016-2017 and 2018-2019
  • Graduate Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015
  • Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University, 2016
  • B.S. in Fundamental Science, Tsinghua University, 2011