Fan Zhang

Associate Professor of Physics
972-883-3509
PHY1.618
Quantum Condensed Matter Theory
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Professional Preparation

Postdoc - Physics
University of Pennsylvania - 2014
PhD - Physics
University of Texas at Austin - 2011
BS - Physics
University of Science and Technology of China - 2006

Publications

Structured Weyl Points in Spin-Orbit Coupled Fermionic Superfluids 2015 - Journal Article
Spontaneous Layer-Pseudospin Domain Walls in Bilayer Graphene 2014 - Journal Article
Superlattice valley engineering for designer topological insulators 2014 - Journal Article
Anomalous topological pumps and fractional Josephson effects 2014 - Journal Article
Competing ordered states with filling factor two in bilayer graphene 2014 - Journal Article
Dirac and Weyl Superconductors in Three Dimensions 2014 - Journal Article
Time-Reversal-InvariantZ4Fractional Josephson Effect 2014 - Journal Article
Signatures of Majorana fermions in topological insulator Josephson junction devices 2014 - Journal Article
(111)surface states of SnTe 2014 - Journal Article
Magnetic control of the valley degree of freedom of massive Dirac fermions with application to transition metal dichalcogenides 2013 - Journal Article

Awards

CAREER Award - NSF [2020]

News Articles

Physicists Find Misaligned Carbon Sheets Yield Unparalleled Properties
A material composed of two one-atom-thick layers of carbon has grabbed the attention of physicists worldwide for its intriguing — and potentially exploitable — conductive properties.

Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at The University of Texas at Dallas, and physics doctoral student Qiyue Wang published an article in June with Dr. Fengnian Xia’s group at Yale University in Nature Photonics that describes how the ability of twisted bilayer graphene to conduct electrical current changes in response to mid-infrared light.
Creation of Weak Materials Offers Strong Possibilities for Electronics
New fundamental research by UT Dallas physicists may accelerate the drive toward more advanced electronics and more powerful computers. 
The scientists are investigating materials called topological insulators, whose surface electrical properties are essentially the opposite of the properties inside. 

“These materials are made of the same thing throughout, from the interior to the exterior,” said Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas. “But, the interior does not conduct electrons — it’s an insulator — while the electrons on the surface are free to move around. The surface is therefore a conductor, like a metal, but it is in fact more robust than a metal.” 
Physicists Decipher Electronic Properties of Materials in Work That May Change Transistors
UT Dallas physicists have published new findings examining the electrical properties of materials that could be harnessed for next-generation transistors and electronics.
Dr. Fan Zhang
, assistant professor of physics, and senior physics student Armin Khamoshi recently published their research on transition metal dichalcogenides, or TMDs, in the journal Nature Communications. Zhang is a co-corresponding author, and Khamoshi is a co-lead author of the paper, which also includes collaborating scientists at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
University Physicists Demonstrate Negative Refraction Without Reflection
Physicists at The University of Texas at Dallas and Wuhan University have created an artificial structure that does not reflect sound and bends it in a way that does not occur in nature.
The results could inspire new directions in wave manipulation, such as acoustic cloaking technologies, and advances in photonics and electronics, said Dr. Fan Zhang, assistant professor of physics at UT Dallas and one of the authors of the study published in Nature.