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


Goldstone modes and electromagnon fluctuations in the conical cycloid state of a multiferroic Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, John Toner, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 78, 144427 (2008) 2008 - Publication
p_{x}+ip_{y} superfluid from s-wave interactions of fermionic cold atoms Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, Roman Lutchyn, and S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 160401 (2008) 2008 - Publication
Time-reversal symmetry breaking by a (d+id)$ density wave state  in underdoped cuprates superconductors Sumanta Tewari, Chuanwei Zhang, Victor M. Yakovenko, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 217004 (2008) 2008 - Publication
 Anomalous Nernst effect from a chiral $d$-density wave in underdoped cuprate superconductors, Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, Victor M. Yakovenko, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 78, 174508 (2008) 2008 - Publication
Ginzburg-Landau theory for the conical cycloid state in multiferroics: applications to CoCr$_2$O$_4$ Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, J. Toner, and S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. B 78, 144426 (2008) 2008 - Publication
Realizing the strongly correlated d-Mott state in a fermionic cold atom optical lattice Michael R. Peterson, Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 150406 (2008) 2008 - Publication
Initializing a Quantum Register from Mott Insulator States in Optical Lattices, Chuanwei Zhang, V.W. Scarola, and S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. A 75, 060301(R) (2007). 2007 - Publication
Non-equilibrium spin dynamics in a trapped Fermi gas with effective spin-orbit interaction Tudor D. Stanescu, Chuanwei Zhang, Victor Galitski,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 110403 (2007). 2007 - Publication
Bell’s inequality and universal quantum gates in a cold atom chiral fermionic p-wave superfluid Chuanwei Zhang, Sumanta Tewari, S. Das Sarma, Phys. Rev. Lett., 99, 220502 (2007). 2007 - Publication
Quantum Computation Using Vortices and Majorana Zero Modes of a $p_x$ + $ip_y$ Superfluid of Fermionic Cold Atoms Sumanta Tewari, S. Das Sarma, Chetan Nayak, Chuanwei Zhang, and P. Zoller, Phys. Rev. Lett.  98, 010506 (2007). 2007 - 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.