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


Probing a topological quantum critical point in semiconductor-superconductor heterostructures Sumanta Tewari, J. D. Sau, V. W. Scarola, Chuanwei Zhang, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 85, 155302 (2012). 2012 - 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, arXiv:1208:2029. 2012 - Publication
BCS-BEC Crossover and Topological Phase Transition in 3D Spin-Orbit Coupled Degenerate Fermi Gases, Ming Gong, Sumanta Tewari, and Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 195303 (2011) 2011 - Publication
Many-body Landau-Zener Transition in Cold Atom Double Well Optical Lattices, Yinyin Qian, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1110.1653   2011 - Publication
Quantized Anomalous Hall Insulator in a Nanopatterned Two-Dimensional Electron Gas, Yongping Zhang, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. B 84, 085123 (2011). 2011 - Publication
Exotic Superfluidity in Spin-orbit Coupled Bose-Einstein Condensates Qizhong Zhu, Chuanwei Zhang, Biao Wu, arXiv:1109.5811 2011 - Publication
Quantum Transport of Bosonic Cold Atoms in Double Well Optical Lattices, Yinyin Qian, Ming Gong, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. A 84, 013608 (2011)  2011 - Publication
Superconducting phase with a chiral f-wave pairing symmetry and Majorana  fermions induced in a hole-doped semiconductor, Li Mao, Junren Shi, Qian Niu, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 157003 (2011). Editors' Suggestions  2011 - Publication
Tunable Spin-orbit Coupling and Quantum Phase Transition in a Trapped  Bose-Einstein Condensate Yongping Zhang, Gang Chen, and Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1111.4778 2011 - Publication
Quantum anomalous Hall states in the p-orbital honeycomb optical lattices,  Machi Zhang, Hsiang-hsuan Hung, Chuanwei Zhang, Congjun Wu, Phys. Rev. A. 83, 023615 (2011). 2011 - 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.