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


Signature of Majorana Fermions in Charge Transport in Semiconductor Nanowires Chunlei Qu, Yongping Zhang, Li Mao, Chuanwei Zhang, arXiv:1109.4108 2011 - Publication
Geometric optics of Bloch waves in a chiral and dissipative medium, Chuanwei Zhang, Qian Niu, Phys. Rev. A 81, 053803 (2010). 2010 - Publication
Quasiparticle Nernst effect in the cuprate superconductors from the  d-density-wave theory of the pseudogap phase, Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, and Sudip Chakravarty, Phys. Rev. B 81, 104517 (2010). 2010 - Publication
Spin-orbit coupling and perpendicular Zeeman field for fermionic cold  atoms: observation of the intrinsic anomalous Hall effect, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. A (Rapid Communication), 82, 021607(R) (2010). 2010 - Publication
Robustness of Majorana Modes and Minigaps in a Spin-Orbit-Coupled  Semiconductor-Superconductor Heterostructure, Li Mao, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. B  82, 174506 (2010). 2010 - Publication
Effects of quasiparticle ambipolarity on Nernst effect in underdoped cuprate superconductors, Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 077001 (2009). 2009 - Publication
Suppression of Phase Decoherence in a Single Atomic Qubit Chih-Sung Chuu, Chuanwei Zhang, Phys. Rev. A 80, 032307 (2009). 2009 - Publication
Ultra-high fidelity qubits for quantum computing Mark G. Raizen, Shou-Pu Wan, Chuanwei Zhang, Qian Niu, Phys. Rev. A 80, 030202(R) (2009)  2009 - Publication
Berry phase mediated topological thermoelectric transport in gapped single and bilayer graphene, Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 79, 245424 (2009). 2009 - Publication
Testable signatures of quantum non-locality in a two-dimensional chiral p-wave superconductor Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, S. Das Sarma, Chetan Nayak, and Dung-Hai Lee, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 027001 (2008) 2008 - 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.