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Cenke Xu

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Department of Physics

University of California, Santa Barbara

Broida Hall, office 6137

Work phone: 805-893-4029


PhD students:

Kevin Slagle (now postdoc at Caltech),

Zhen Bi (now Pappalardo fellow at MIT),

Alex Rasmussen (now postdoc at OSU),

Kelly Ann Pawlak,

Xiao-Chuan Wu;

Postdoc collaborators:

Eun-Gook Moon (now faculty member at KAIST),

Yi-Zhuang You (now faculty member at UCSD),

Chao-Ming Jian (KITP and Moore fellow),

Xiao Chen (KITP and Moore fellow);

Research Interests

1, Strongly correlated electron systems ;

2, Unconventional quantum phase transitions and quantum criticalities ;

3, Duality between conformal field theories;

4, Topological phases and symmetry protected topological phases ;

5, Non-Fermi liquids and SYK model.

Academic Appointments and Degrees

2018 ~ now, Professor, Department of physics, UCSB ;

2014 ~ 2018, Associate Professr, Department of physics, UCSB ;

2010 ~ 2014, Assistant Professr, Department of physics, UCSB ;

2007 ~ 2010, Junior fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University;

2007, PhD of physics, Department of physics, UC Berkeley, Advisor: Prof. Joel E. Moore;

2003, Bachelor of Science, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.


Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, 2012, awarded by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation;

National Science Foundation Career Award, 2012;

Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship, 2012;

Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Oversea Chinese Physics Association, 2011;

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2011;