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


Tunable Spin-orbit Coupling and Quantum Phase Transition in a Trapped Bose-Einstein Condensate Yongping Zhang, Gang Chen, and Chuanwei Zhang, Scientific Reports 3, 1937 (2013). 2013 - Publication
Many-body Landau-Zener Transition in Cold Atom Double Well Optical Lattices, Yinyin Qian, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. A 87, 013636 (2013). 2013 - Publication
Statistical Properties of Exciton Fine Structure Splittings and Polarization Angles in Quantum Dot Ensembles, Ming Gong, B. Hofer, E. Zallo, R. Trotta, Junwei Luo, Alex Zunger, O. G. Schmidt, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1306.5000 2013 - Publication
Thermodynamic signatures for topological phase transitions to Majorana and Weyl superfluids in ultracold Fermi gases, Kangjun Seo, Chuanwei Zhang, and Sumanta Tewari, Physical Review A 87, 063618 (2013). 2013 - Publication
Phase Winding a Two-Component BEC in an Elongated Trap: Experimental Observation of Moving Magnetic Orders and Dark-bright Solitons, C. Hamner*, Yongping Zhang*, J.J. Chang*, Chuanwei Zhang, P. Engels, arXiv:1306.6102 2013 - Publication
Finite temperature Dicke phase transition of a Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical cavity, Yuanwei Zhang, Jinling Lian, J.-Q. Liang, Gang Chen, Chuanwei Zhang, Suotang Jia, Phys. Rev. A, 87, 013616 (2013). 2013 - Publication
Non-equilibrium spin dynamics and Zitterbewegung in quenched spin-orbit coupled Bose-Einstein condensates, Chunlei Qu*, Chris Hamner*, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, Peter Engels, arXiv:1301.0658, to appear in Phys. Rev. A (Rapid Communication) *These authors contributed equally to this work 2013 - Publication
Topological Superfluids with Finite Momentum Pairing and Majorana Fermions Chunlei Qu*, Zhen Zheng*, Ming Gong, Yong Xu, Li Mao, Xubo Zou, Guangcan Guo, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1307.1207 2013 - Publication
Bose-Einstein Condensates in Spin-Orbit Coupled Optical Lattices: Flat Bands and Superfluidity Yongping Zhang, and Chuanwei Zhang, Physical Review A 87, 023611 (2013). 2013 - Publication
FFLO or Majorana superfluids: Quantum phases of fermionic cold atoms in spin-orbit coupled optical lattices, Chunlei Qu, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1304.3926 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.