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


Majorana Fermions on Zigzag Edge of Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides Rui-Lin Chu, Gui-Bin Liu, Wang Yao, Xiaodong Xu, Di Xiao, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1308.2032 2013 - Publication
Quantum-Enhanced Tunable Second-Order Optical Nonlinearity in Bilayer Graphene, Sanfeng Wu, Li Mao, Aaron M. Jones, Wang Yao, Chuanwei Zhang, Xiaodong Xu, Nano Letters, 12, 2032 (2012), Supplemental Materials 2012 - Publication
Topological thermoelectric effects in spin-orbit coupled electron and hole doped  semiconductors, E. Dumitrescu, Chuanwei Zhang, D. C. Marinescu, Sumanta Tewari, Phys. Rev. B 85, 245301 (2012). 2012 - Publication
 BCS-BEC crossover in spin-orbit coupled two-dimensional Fermi gases, Gang Chen, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. A 85, 013601 (2012)  2012 - Publication
Searching for Majorana Fermions in 2D Spin-orbit Coupled Fermi Superfluids at Finite Temperature Ming Gong, Gang Chen, Suotang Jia, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 105302 (2012) 2012 - Publication
Hole-doped semiconductor nanowire on top of an s-wave superconductor:  A new and experimentally accessible system for Majorana fermions, Li Mao, Ming Gong, E. Dumitrescu, Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 177001 (2012) 2012 - Publication
BEC in Spin-Orbit Coupled Optical Lattices: Flat Bands and Superfluidity Yongping Zhang, and Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1203.2389 2012 - Publication
Mean-field dynamics of spin-orbit coupled Bose-Einstein condensates, Yongping Zhang, Li Mao, and Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 035302 (2012) 2012 - Publication
Majorana Fermions Under Stress Ming Gong, Li Mao, Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1205.6209 2012 - Publication
Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya Interaction and Spiral Order in Spin-orbit Coupled Optical Lattices. Ming Gong, Yinyin Qian, V. W. Scarola, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1205.6211. 2012 - 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

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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.