Chuanwei Zhang

Associate Department Head
Professor - Physics
Graduate Program Head
Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Physics
The University of Texas at Austin - 2005
B.S. - Physics
University of Science and Technology of China - 2000

Research Areas

Research Interests
  •  Ultra-cold Atomic Gases
  •  Topological Superfluid and Superconductor
  •  Physical Implementation of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation
  •  2D materials


Spin - orbital angular momentum coupled Bose-Einstein condensates Kuei Sun, Chunlei Qu, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1411.1737 2014 - Publication
Anisotropic Weyl Fermions from Quasiparticle Excitation Spectrum of a 3D Fulde-Ferrell Superfluid, Yong Xu, Ruilin Chu, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 136402 (2014) PRL Editors' Suggestion 2014 - Publication
FFLO Superfluids in 2D Spin-Orbit Coupled Fermi Gases Zhen Zheng, Ming Gong, Yichao Zhang, Xubo Zou, Chuanwei Zhang, Guangcan Guo, Scientific Reports 4, 6535 (2014). 2014 - Publication
Weyl Knots in 3D Spin-Orbit Coupled Fulde-Ferrell Superfluids, Yong Xu, Fan Zhang, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1411.7316 2014 - Publication
Spin-orbit-coupled quantum wires and Majorana fermions on zigzag edges of monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides Rui-Lin Chu, Gui-Bin Liu, Wang Yao, Xiaodong Xu, Di Xiao, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. B 89, 155317 (2014) 2014 - Publication
Dark Solitons with Majorana Fermions in Spin-Orbit-Coupled Fermi Gases Yong Xu, Li Mao, Biao Wu, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 130404 (2014). 2014 - Publication
Route to Observable Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov Phases in 3D Spin-Orbit Coupled Degenerate Fermi Gases, Zhen Zheng, Ming Gong, Xubo Zhou, Chuanwei Zhang, and Guang-Can Guo, Phys. Rev. A (Rapid Communication) 87, 031602 (2013). 2013 - Publication
Majorana Fermions under uniaxial stress in semiconductor-superconductor heterostructures Ming Gong, Li Mao, Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Communication) 87, 060502(R) (2013) 2013 - Publication
Competing superfluid orders in spin-orbit coupled fermionic cold atom optical lattices, Yong Xu, Chunlei Qu, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1305.2152 2013 - Publication
Spin-Orbit Driven Transitions Between Mott Insulators and Finite Momentum Superfluids of Bosons in Optical Lattices Yinyin Qian, Ming Gong, Vito W. Scarola, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1312.4011 2013 - Publication


The University of Texas at Dallas [2016–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2012–2016]
Assistant Professor
Washington State University [2008–2012]
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The University of Maryland [2006–2008]


Fellow - American Physical Society [2017]
Robert S. Hyer Awards - American Physical Society Texas Section [2015]
Young Faculty Award - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [2010]

Additional Information

Personal website

News Articles

Physics Professor Named APS Fellow for Ultracold Physics
Dr. Chuanwei Zhang, professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, was named fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in October.

ws are elected based on their exceptional contributions to physics. Zhang was cited for “seminal contributions to theoretical research in ultracold atomic physics, including studies of spin-orbit coupled quantum gases, topological superfluids with Majorana or Weyl fermions, and Fulde-Ferrell superfluid states.”
Physicist's Theories, Project Provide Big Insights to Quantum Work
Theories developed by a UT Dallas physicist have been put to the test in the laboratory, and the results offer a new way to study — and possibly exploit — the strange realm of quantum physics.
In a study published in June in the journal Nature Communications, Dr. Chuanwei Zhang, associate professor of physics at UT Dallas, and researchers at Washington State University collaborated on a project aimed at gaining a better understanding of the physics that governs the invisible micro-world of atoms and particles.
Big Ideas Drive Science of the Ultra-Small and Ultra-Cold
For most people, the technical aspects of quantum physics – the behavior of matter and energy on scales as small as an atom or an electron – are enough to make their eyes glaze over.

But the emerging scientific field of quantum topological materials might be as easy to visualize as a glazed doughnut.

“In this field of research, we are trying to find new materials that are, from a physics standpoint, protected by their topology,” explained Dr. Chuanwei Zhang, associate professor of physics at The University of Texas at Dallas. He is one of the organizers of a scientific conference on the topology of quantum matter to be held on campus this month.