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Affiliates – Ruixing Zhang

Prof. Ruixing Zhang
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Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy and Materials Science & Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Research focus: Quantum Theory and Simulations, e.g. AI, high performance computing, topology, algorithmic development, correlated systems. 



Ruixing is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is also a joint faculty in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at UTK. Before joining UTK on 08/2021, Ruixing was a Joint Quantum Institute Postdoctoral Fellow and a member of the Condensed Matter Theory Center at the University of Maryland since 09/2018. His postdoc advisor is Dr. Sankar Das Sarma. Ruixing obtained his Ph.D. in 2018 from the Department of Physics of Penn State, under the supervision of Dr. Chaoxing Liu.

Research Description

Our research group focuses on developing theoretical understandings of topological quantum materials, which aims at identifying new theory principles and material candidates that can advance the development of next-generation quantum technology.

Recent research

Research Image

Topological quantum computing with defective atomic crystals. In high-temperature iron-based superconductors, a lattice dislocation line will trap one non-Abelian Majorana quasiparticle at each of its ends. This plot shows a dislocation dipole with four Majorana modes. The Majorana particles are the key building blocks for the long-sought fault-tolerant topological quantum computers.