Michael Kolodrubetz

Assistant Professor - Physics
SCI 3.128
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Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

University of California at Berkeley - 2017
Boston University - 2015
PhD - Physics
Princeton University - 2012
BS - Physics
California Institute of Technology - 2007

Research Areas

Non-equilibrium quantum systems
My group's interests involve many topics in non-equilibrium quantum physics. One major focus is periodically-driven (Floquet) systems, which use strong drive to engineer physics often inaccessible in equilibrium. Another is the impact of geometry on quantum dynamics. In these and other areas, I work in close proximity to a handful of experimental groups. An overarching goal of this work is to develop organizing principles for non-equilibrium quantum systems, with the hope of understanding non-equilibrium phases of matter in the same language as we do equilibrium.


Absence of thermalization in finite isolated interacting Floquet systems 2018 - Journal Article
Floquet quantum criticality 2018 - Journal Article
Quenching our thirst for universality 2018 - Journal Article
Strong-disorder renormalization group for periodically driven systems 2018 - Journal Article
Topological Floquet-Thouless Energy Pump 2018 - Journal Article
Tunable axial gauge fields in engineered Weyl semimetals: Semiclassical analysis and optical lattice implementations 2018 - Journal Article
Adiabatic perturbation theory and geometry of periodically-driven systems 2017 - Journal Article
Floquet Dynamics of Boundary-Driven Systems at Criticality 2017 - Journal Article
Geometry and non-adiabatic response in quantum and classical systems 2017 - Journal Article
Chern numbers and chiral anomalies in Weyl butterflies 2016 - Journal Article

News Articles

Quantum Systems Researcher Earns NSF CAREER Award, Welch Grant
A University of Texas at Dallas scientist whose research focuses on the invisible world of quantum physics has received two prestigious grants for his work on nonequilibrium quantum systems.

Dr. Michael Kolodrubetz, assistant professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM), has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a three-year, $240,000 grant from The Welch Foundation to investigate the fundamental physics of matter interacting with individual particles of light.
Quantum physics describes the physical properties and behavior of particles on the very smallest scale.

“Quantum mechanics is believed to give a correct description of the world, but we rarely see it in everyday life, because the millions of particles in our bodies interact in such complex ways,” Kolodrubetz said. “Think of this like a wave in a pool quickly fading as it interacts with all the other ripples on the surface.”