My current research interest is the interplay of quantum entanglement, quantum gravity and quantum chaos. The characterization of quantum information and quantum entanglement has provided novel understanding to space-time geometry, and relate the dynamics of chaotic many-body systems to the dynamics of space-time, i.e. quantum gravity theory. Based on recent progress in holographic duality (also known as AdS/CFT), my goal is to use tools such as tensor networks and solvable models to provide more microscopic understanding to the emergent space-time geometry from quantum states and quantum dynamics.

I am also interested in topological states and topological phenomena in condensed matter systems.

You can find my recent research topics in some talks online:

Academic Appointments

Administrative Appointments

  • Professor, Stanford Univesity (2019 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Physics, Stanford University (2014 - 2018)
  • Assistant Professor, Physics, Stanford University (2009 - 2014)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Microsoft Station Q, UC Santa Barbara (2009 - 2010)
  • Research Associate, Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (2007 - 2009)

Honors & Awards

  • Simons Investigator, Simons Foundation (2018)
  • The New Horizons in Physics Prize, The Breakthrough Prize Foundation (2015)
  • Sackler International Prize, Physics, Raymond and Beverly Sackler, Tel Aviv University (2014)
  • Hermann Kummel Early Achievement Award, in Many-Body Physics, International Conference Advisory Committee (2011)
  • Packard Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (2011)
  • Sloan Fellowship, Sloan Foundation (2010)

Professional Education

  • Ph.D., Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University, Physics (2007)
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, Physics (2003)

2020-21 Courses

Stanford Advisees

  • Doctoral Dissertation Reader (AC)
    Eli Fox, Connie Mousatov, Kejun Xu
  • Postdoctoral Faculty Sponsor
    Nicholas Hunter-Jones
  • Doctoral Dissertation Advisor (AC)
    Shangnan Aaland Zhou, Yuri Lensky, Daniel Ranard
  • Orals Evaluator
    Milind Shyani
  • Doctoral Dissertation Co-Advisor (AC)
    Jacob Marks
  • Doctoral (Program)
    Zach Bogorad, Dylan Britt, Vladimir Calvera, Aditya Cowsik, Kevin Crust, Olivia Ghosh, Alana Gudinas, Heesoo Kim, Gabriel Moreau, Adel Rahman, David Saykin, Sungyeon Yang, Mark Zic