Roster of Participants
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Leon Balents balents@kitp.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist. I work broadly on the theory of correlated electrons, quantum magnetism, exotic ordered and critical states. Institution: KITP / University of California, Santa Barbara Home Page 

Xie Chen xiechen@caltech.edu 
I am a theorist. Novel phases and phase transitions in quantum condensed matter systems. Topics include: topological order in strongly correlated systems; characterization and classification of manybody entanglement; tensor network representation; quantum information application. Institution: Caltech Home Page 

Sergey Frolov frolovsm@pitt.edu 
I am experimentalist and I am interested in low temperature electronic transport on hybrid superconductorsemiconductor devices. Institution: University of Pittsburgh Home Page 

Liang Fu liangfu@mit.edu 
I am a theorist. Professor Fu has been interested in novel topological phases of matter and their experimental realizations. Institution: MIT Home Page 

Pablo JarilloHerrero pjarillo@mit.edu 
I am an experimentalist interested in experimental condensed matter physics, focusing on quantum transport and optoelectronics in novel low dimensional materials such as graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and topological insulators. Institution: MIT Home Page 

Charles Kane kane@physics.upenn.edu 
I am a theorist. Theory of symmetry, topology and interactions in electronic systems. Institution: University of Pennsylvania Home Page 

Kazushi Kanoda kanoda@ap.t.utokyo.ac.jp 
Our group has been conducting experimental researches on molecular materials. Our interests are as follows: 1) Mott physics; criticality of Mott transition, frustrated magnetism and superconductivity Institution: University of Tokyo Home Page 

EunAh Kim eunah.kim@cornell.edu 
I am a theorist. My research focuses on emergent electronic properties of quantum correlated materials. The uncertainty principle means no solution can simultaneously minimize single particle kinetic energy and interparticle interaction energy. It further means manyelectron wave functions are loaded with complexity of statistical phase. These issues obstruct a single sweep numerical solution. My approach is to crack into the secrets of emergent phenomena from attacking the problem from multiple angles combining analytical theory with numerical simulations. My research is often grounded or guided by experimental developments and my goal would often be to make a falsifiable prediction as a test of my theoretical understanding. Institution: Cornell University Home Page 

Michael Levin malevin@uchicago.edu 
I am a theorist. My research focuses on the study of “topological phases” of matter such as quantum Hall liquids and topological insulators. Institution: University of Chicago Home Page 

Andreas Ludwig ludwig@physics.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist focused on field theories of condensed matter physics with particular interest in interactions and quenched disorder. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Home Page 

Roger Melko rgmelko@uwaterloo.ca 
I am a theorist. I study emergent phenomena, exotic phases, phase transitions, quantum criticality, and entanglement. I emphasize computational methods as a theoretical technique, in particular the development of stateoftheart algorithms for the study of stronglyinteracting lattice models. Institution: University of Waterloo Home Page 

Chetan Nayak cnayak@microsoft.com 
I am a theorist. Condensed Matter Physics and its applications to Quantum Information Processing Institution: Microsoft Station Q, UCSB Home Page 

N. Phuan Ong npo@princeton.edu 
I am an experimentalist. My current interests are in Topological Insulators and Dirac and Weyl semimetals. The focus is to understand various effects of the Berry curvature on charge and heat currents using transport and thermodynamics measurements to high magnetic fields. Institution: Princeton University Home Page 

Nicholas Read nicholas.read@yale.edu 
Condensed Matter theoretical physics Institution: Yale University Home Page 

Donna Sheng donna.sheng@csun.edu 
I am a theorist interested in strongly correlated systems, topological states of matter, and quantum phase transition. Institution: California State University Northridge Home Page 

Ari M. Turner aturne26@jhu.edu 
I am a theorist. I have worked so far mostly on superfluidity, topological phases, and the role of entanglement in ground states of quantum systems. Entanglement is a precise way of describing zeropoint motion, and it can be really important in some properties of condensed matter. I am starting to do research on whether entanglement is important in the dynamics of quantum systems also. Institution: Johns Hopkins University Home Page 

Ashvin Vishwanath ashvinv@berkeley.edu 
I am a theorist. Research Interests include topological phases, quantum criticality, quantum entanglement, superconductivity and magnetism. Institution: University of California Berkeley Home Page 

Felix von Oppen vonoppen@physik.fuberlin.de 
I am a condensed matter theorist. Recently, I found that Majoranas are strongly attractive despite their charge neutrality. Institution: Freie Universitat Berlin Home Page 

XiaoGang Wen wen@dao.mit.edu 
Condensed Matter theory with focus on topological states of matter. Institution: MIT Home Page 

Steven R. White srwhite@uci.edu 
I am a theorist. I develop and apply DMRG and tensor network methods for quantum many body systems. Institution: University of California, Irvine Home Page 

Ali Yazdani yazdani@princeton.edu 
I am an experimentalist. My research is focused on the study of topological and correlated quantum states using spectroscopic imaging with the scanning tunneling microscope. Our group is studying the properties of exotic emergent quasiparticles in these systems, from those that behave as heavy electrons to more recent efforts on Dirac, Majorana, and Weyl fermions. Institution: Princeton University Home Page 
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Jason Alicea aliceaj@caltech.edu 
I am a theorist interested in the design and manipulation of topological phases of matter. Institution: Caltech Home Page 

Joseph Checkelsky checkelsky@mit.edu 
I am an experimentalist. Our laboratory focuses on the study of exotic electronic states of matter through the synthesis, measurement, and control of solid state materials. Of particular interest are studies of correlated behavior in topologically nontrivial materials, the role of geometrical phases in electronic systems, and novel types of geometric frustration. Institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Home Page 

Victor Gurarie victor.gurarie@colorado.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in strongly correlated phases of matter and their realizations with cold atoms as well as in more conventional solid state settings. Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder Home Page 

Mike Hermele michael.hermele@colorado.edu 
I am a theoretical physicist interested in the identification, characterization and classification of phases and phase transitions of quantum manybody systems. Institution: University of Colorado Boulder Home Page 

Leo Radzihovsky radzihov@colorado.edu 
I am a theorist interested in states of condensed matter and phase transitions between them, particularly when fluctuations and correlations are qualitatively important. Institution: University of Colorado at Boulder Home Page 
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David Aasen David@aasen.ca 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological phases of matter, more specifically, in the realization and manipulation of anyons. Institution: Caltech Advisor: Jason Alicea 

Victor Albert valbert4@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in studying schemes for realizing quantum computers. Institution: Yale University Advisor: Liang Jiang Home Page 

Aris Alexandrinata aris.alex@yale.edu 
I am a theorist. I am trying to understand bands from the lens of geometry, topology and cohomology; I’m curious about other things too! Institution: Yale University 

Jan Behrends jb@pks.mpg.de 
I am a theorist. My research focuses on topological phases of matter, especially Dirac and Weyl semimetal and the influence of disorder on such systems. Institution: Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems Advisor: Jens Bardarson 

Zhen Bi zbi@physics.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topology, symmetry and their interplay in exotic quantum matter. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Prof. Cenke Xu 

Michael Bjerngaard mbjerng1@jhu.edu 
I’m a condensed matter theoretist currently working on Weyl semimetals. Institution: Johns Hopkins University Advisor: Ari Turner 

Samuel Boutin Samuel.Boutin@USherbrooke.ca 
I am a theorist. I am interested in research at the interface of the fields of superconducting circuits, dissipative quantum systems and topological condensed matter theory. Institution: Université de Sherbrooke Advisor: Ion Garate 

Danny Bulmash dbulmash@stanford.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological phases of matter (particularly gapless phases), anyons, and entanglement in condensed matter. Institution: Stanford University Advisor: XiaoLiang Qi 

Nick Bultinck nick.bultinck@ugent.be 
I am a theorist. I’m interested in tensor networks, topological quantum phases and applications of entanglement theory in manybody ground states. Institution: Ghent University Advisor: Frank Verstraete 

Anffany Chen achen@phas.ubc.ca 
I am a theorist, currently studying the novel properties of Weyl/Dirac semimetals. Institution: University of British Columbia Advisor: Dr. Marcel Franz 

Aaron Chew achew@caltech.edu 
I’m a theorist. My research is in nonabelian anyons and topological phases of matter that host them, but I also am interested in the use of tensor networks to study condensed matter systems. Institution: Caltech Advisor: Jason Alicea 

Soonwon Choi schoi@physics.harvard.edu 
I am a theorist. I am working at the interface of condensed matter and atomic molecular optics theory, focusing on applications to quantum information processing. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Prof. Mikhail D. Lukin 

Debanjan Chowdhury chowdhur@g.harvard.edu 
I am a theorist interested in quantum spin liquids, unconventional superconductivity and quantum criticality. I prefer thinking about problems that are experimentally motivated. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Subir Sachdev Home Page 

Eyal Cornfeld eyalcorn@post.tau.ac.il 
I’m a theorist. My research interests are algebraic topology; wire constructions & lowD TI; fractional phases & cold atoms. Institution: Tel Aviv University Advisor: Eran Sela 

Luca Delacretaz lvd@stanford.edu 
I am a theorist. My interests lie at the interface of condensed matter and high energy physics, and include holography, conformal field theory and other techniques to study systems at strong coupling; I have also recently been interested in the classification of topological phases of matter, and whether the techniques developed in these fields can be useful for high energy problems. Institution: Stanford Advisor: Sean Hartnoll 

Trithep Devakul tdevakul@princeton.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in quantum entanglement, many body localization, and topological states of matter. Institution: Princeton University Advisor: David Huse 

Vatsal Dwivedi vdwived2@illinois.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in various aspects of topological semimetals, anomalies in QFTs, transfer matrices, entanglement and semiclassics. Institution: University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Michael Stone 

Dominic Else d_else@physics.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in the classification and characterisation of topological phases. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Chetan Nayak 

Han Fu fuxxx254@umn.edu 
I am a theorist working on the disorder effect in various systems especially the one at the nanoscale. Institution: University of Minnesota Advisor: Boris Shklovskii 

Omri Golan golanomri@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. Geometric aspects of topological phases, anomalies and topological QFTs, emergent gravity in condensed matter. Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science Advisor: Ady Stern 

Andrey Gromov gromovand@uchicago.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in the interplay between topology and geometry in gapped states of strongly interacting matter. Institution: Kadanoff Center for Theoretical Physics and Enrico Fermi Institute Advisor: Alexander Abanov 

Yingfei Gu yfgu@stanford.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological phases of matters, and two dimensional conformal field theories. I am also interested in holography and problems motivated by holography, e.g. recent developments in quantum chaos. Institution: Stanford University Advisor: XiaoLiang Qi 

Mohammad Hamidian m.hamidian@gmail.com 
Experimental physicist working on correlated electron systems and topological materials. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Jennifer Hoffman Home Page 

Ciarán Hickey hickeyc@physics.utoronto.ca 
I am a theorist interested in strongly correlated systems, topological phases of matter and ultracold atomic gases. Institution: University of Toronto Advisor: Arun Paramekanti Home Page 

Wen Wei Ho wenweiho.phy@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological phases of matter, manybody localization, and Floquet systems. Institution: University of Geneva Advisor: Dmitry Abanin 

Judith Hoeller judith.hoeller@yale.edu 
I am a condensed matter theorist. Which mathematical formalism answers which questions for the characterization of topological phases of matter, up to which extend do we have a classification and what are the distinguishing observables? Institution: Yale University Advisor: Nicholas Read 

ChangTse Hsieh kelvinsie@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological phases of matter, quantum anomalies in QFTs, and TQFTs. Institution: University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Shinsei Ryu 

YiTing Hsu mikage.sakurai@gmail.com 
I’m a theorist. My current interest is to propose new materials and mechanisms for topological superconductivity and search for new topological phases that are experimentally realizable. Institution: Cornell University Advisor: EunAh Kim 

Yichen Hu huyichen@sas.upenn.edu 
I am a theorist interested in nonFermi liquid, topological phases of matter and fractional quantum Hall effect. Institution: University of Pennsylvania Advisor: Charles Kane 

Jason Iaconis jiaconis@physics.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist who is broadly interested in combining analytic and numerical methods to study correlated electron systems, including highly entangled systems which may host quantum spin liquid ground states. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Leon Balents 

Wenjie Ji wenjieji@mit.edu 
I’m a theorist. I am interested in topological quantum matters, especially symmetry protected topological phases. Institution: MIT Advisor: XiaoGang Wen 

Shenghan Jiang jiangshenghan@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in strong correlated systems and topological phases. Institution: Boston College Advisor: Prof. Ying Ran 

Byungmin Kang bkang119@berkeley.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in fractional quantum Hall effect, effective hydrodynamic approach, and manybody localization. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: Joel E. Moore 

Jack Kemp jack.kemp@physics.ox.ac.uk 
I am a theorist. I am interested in ‘strong edge zero’ modes in Majorana fermion and parafermion chains, and in particular whether they can survive in interacting, nonintegrable systems, such as when four fermion interaction terms are included in the Hamiltonian. Institution: University of Oxford Advisor: Professor Paul Fendley 

Christina Knapp cknapp@umail.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist. I study topological quantum computation and am particularly interested in Majorana zero modes. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Chetan Nayak 

Thomas Kvorning thomas.kvorning@fysik.su.se 
I am a theorist working fractional quantum hall physics and pwave superconductors. Institution: Stockholm University Advisor: Hans Hansson 

Ella O. Lachman ella.lachman@weizmann.ac.il 
I am an experimentalist. My research interests include scanning SQUIDOnTip (and other probes) microscopy of magnetic materials and topological insulators. Institution: Weizmann Institute of Science Advisor: Prof. Eli Zeldov 

Ethan Lake ethan.a.lake@gmail.com 
I am a theorist working on understanding symmetry enriched topological phases, fractionalization, and anomalies from a TQFT perspective. Institution: University of Utah Advisor: YongShi Wu 

Tian Lan tlan@perimeterinstitute.ca 
I am a theorist. I’m interested in the classification of topological phases of matter. I employ tensor category theory to study the universal properties of various topological phases. Institution: Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Advisor: Prof. XiaoGang Wen 

Yonah Lemonik yonah.lemonik@gmail.com 
I am a condensed matter theorist with diverse interests in manybody physics and quantum information problems. Institution: New York University Advisor: Aditi Mitra 

Songci Li scli@uw.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in topological nontrivial phases of matter and transport in low dimensional electronic systems. Institution: University of Washington Advisor: Anton Andreev 

Ian Mondragon mondrag2@illinois.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in disordered topological phases, manybody localization, and vortex dynamics in superconductors. Institution: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Taylor L. Hughes 

Aavishkar Patel apatel@physics.harvard.edu 
I’m a theorist. I study quantum phase transitions and their consequences in strongly interacting systems such as nonFermi liquids, spin liquids and unconventional superconductors. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Subir Sachdev 

Yang Peng yang.peng@fuberlin.de 
I’m a theorist interested in the properties of topological superconductors. Institution: Freie Universität Berlin Advisor: Felix von Oppen 

Abhishodh Prakash abhishodh.prakash@stonybrook.edu 
I am a theorist who is interested in understanding the role of global symmetries in gapped phases of quantum many body systems using tensor networks and exactly solvable models. Institution: CN Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stony Brook University Advisor: TzuChieh Wei 

Raquel Queiroz r.queiroz@fkf.mpg.de 
I’m a theorist. I’m interested in classifying and finding experimental signatures of topological phases of matter, in particular in semimetals and nodal superconductors that show exotic surface states. Institution: Max Planck Institute for Solid State Physics Advisor: Andreas Schnyder 

Willem Rischau Willem.Rischau@gmail.com 
I’m an experimental physicist and I study electric and thermoelectric transport phenomena in semimetals and semiconductors. And sometimes topological insulators. Institution: Ecole supérieure de physique et chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI) Advisor: Benoit Fauqué and Kamran Behnia 

Joaquin RodriguezNieva jrn@mit.edu 
I am a theorist. My research interests include: optoelectronics, transport and interactions in low dimensional materials; Dirac and Weyl semimetals. Institution: MIT Advisor: M. S. Dresselhaus & L. S. Levitov 

Lucile Savary savary@mit.edu 
I am a theorist particularly interested in unconventional phases of matter and phenomena, e.g. quantum spin liquids, in real materials. Institution: MIT Advisor: Leon Balents Home Page 

Björn Sbierski b.sbierski@fuberlin.de 
I am a theorist. My research interests are topological insulators and semimetals, in particular scattering theory approaches to quantum transport in disordered systems and disorder induced quantum phase transitions Institution: Freie Universität Berlin Advisor: Prof. Piet Brouwer Home Page 

Jing Shi jshi@physics.harvard.edu 
I am an experimentalist. I’m interested in electronic transport in two dimensional materials and their heteroustructures. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: Philip Kim 

Xueyang Song songxyphys@pku.edu.cn 
I’m interested in condensed matter theory, especially topological classification of matters and properties of spin liquids. Institution: Peking University Advisor: Fa Wang and Prof. Leon Balents (for Bachelor thesis) 

Rina Takashima takashima@scphys.kyotou.ac.jp 
I am a theorist. My interests are skyrmion in magnets, Weyl semimetal, Topological superconductor Institution: Kyoto University Advisor: Satoshi Fujimoto 

Nicolas Tarantino nicolas.tarantino@stonybrook.edu 
I am a theorist currently working on constructing solvable Hamiltonians for fermionic SPTs in 2 and 3d. I have recently developed an interest in tensor network approximation methods. Institution: Stony Brook University Advisor: Lukasz Fidkowski 

Alex Thomson thomson@physics.harvard.edu 
I am a theorist interested in quantum phase transitions, topological order Institution: Harvard University 

Ryan "Ragnar" Thorngren ryan.thorngren@berkeley.edu 
I am a theorist working on classifying and understanding IR fixed points using TQFT. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: Vivek Shende Home Page 

Yuxuan Wang yxwang@illinois.edu 
I am a theorist. My interest focuses on physics of strongly correlated systems. Recently I have developed an interest in physics of topological phases and its interplay with the former. Institution: University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Eduardo Fradkin 

Zitao Wang zwang@caltech.edu 
I’m a theorist. I’m interested in topological phases of matter, in particular the study of exactlysolvable models. Institution: California Institute of Technology Advisor: Xie Chen 

Xueda Wen wenxueda@gmail.com 
I am a theorist interested in CFT, TQFT, and AdS/CFT. Institution: University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign Advisor: Shinsei Ryu 

Julia Wildeboer jwildeboer@magnet.fsu.edu 
I am a theorist. I have a broad interest in emergent phenomena, topological phases and how to detect/characterize them, quantum entanglement, and quantum magnetism and I emphasize computational methods as a theoretical technique, in particular the development of stateoftheart algorithms for the study of stronglyinteracting lattice models. Institution: National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) Advisor: Nick Bonesteel 

Justin Wilson jwilson@caltech.edu 
I am interested in novel nonequilbrium phenomena (e.g. outofequilibrium Hall effect, periodic driving) as well as Weyl and Dirac semimetals and their superconducting counterparts, spingreaterthan1/2 bosons in optical traps, the optical and Casimir effects in materials, and entanglement. I am a theorist. Institution: Caltech Advisor: Gil Refael Home Page 

Hao Wu haw74@pitt.edu 
I am an experimentalist interested in transport in semiconductorsuperconductor nanowire devices. Institution: University of Pittsburgh Advisor: Sergey Frolov 

Zhaoxi (Charles) Xiong xiong@berkeley.edu 
I’m a theorist. I’m interested in the classification of SPT phases, anomalous topological orders, and applications of abstract nonsense thereto. Institution: University of California, Berkeley Advisor: Ashvin Vishwanath 

Linda Ye lindaye@mit.edu 
I’m an experimentalist interested in synthesizing and understanding using transport measurements the interplay between broken symmetry and topological states. Institution: MIT Advisor: Joe Checkelsky 

Mengxing Ye yexxx396@umn.edu 
I am a theorist. Currently, I am interested in understanding the quantum phases and phase transitions in frustrated magnetic systems. Institution: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Advisor: Prof. Andrey Chubukov 

YiZhuang You yyou@kitp.ucsb.edu 
I am a theorist. I am interested in condensed matter in general, topological quantum matter, strongly correlated systems, manybody localization, quantum entanglement and emergent gravity. Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara Advisor: Cenke Xu, Leon Balents 

Yizhi You yizhiyouphysics@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I am interested in Geometry theory in topological matter, SPT states and exotic quantum criticality. Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign Advisor: Eduardo Fradkin Home Page 

Yue Zhang yue.physics.zhang@utah.edu 
I am a Theorist. Areas of physics interest: Disorder system, manybody physics, and topological nontrivial related physics. Institution: University of Utah Advisor: Mikhail Raikh 

Liujun Zou zouliujun@gmail.com 
I am a theorist. I aim at a systematic understanding the universal physics of quantum phases of matter and the transitions among them. Institution: Harvard University Advisor: T. Senthil 