Brief Curriculum Vitae
Department of Physics
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495 - 3923
Fax: (617) 496-2545
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Web : http://sachdev.physics.harvard.edu
Citizen of USA; Overseas Citizen of India
Video interview at ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
A profile and an interview in the Harvard Gazette.
- Professor of Physics at Harvard University, starting July 1, 2005.
- James Clerk Maxwell Chair in Theoretical Physics (Visiting) at the
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, starting Feb 1, 2014.
- Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1995 to June 30, 2005.
- Associate Professor (tenured) of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1995.
- Associate Professor (term) of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1992.
- Assistant Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Yale
University, July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1989.
- Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell
Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ from September 1, 1985 to August 31,
Education and Degrees
- High school (upto 10th grade) at St. Joseph's Boys High School, Bangalore, India.
- 11th grade at Kendriya Vidyalaya, ASC Center, Bangalore, India.
- Freshman year at the Indian Institute
of Technology, Delhi, 1978-79.
- S. B. (Bachelor of Science) in Physics from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, February 1982.
- A. M. (Master of Arts) in Physics from Harvard
University, June 1984.
- Ph. D. in Theoretical Physics from Harvard
University, November 1985. Thesis title: Frustration and Order in Rapidly
- M. A. (honorary) from Yale University, 1995.
- Dirac Medal (picture)
for the Advancement of
Theoretical Physics, the Australian Institute of Physics, the University of New South Wales, and the Royal Society
of New South Wales, 2015.
Citation: The Dirac Medal was awarded to Professor Sachdev in recognition of his many seminal contributions to the theory of strongly interacting condensed matter systems: quantum phase transitions, including the idea of critical deconfinement and the breakdown of the conventional symmetry based Landau-Ginsburg-Wilson paradigm; the prediction of exotic 'spin-liquid' and fractionalized states; and applications to the theory of high-temperature superconductivity in the cuprate materials.
- Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2014
Sachdev has made seminal advances in the theory of condensed matter systems near a quantum phase transition, which have elucidated the rich variety of static and dynamic behavior in such systems, both at finite temperatures and at T=0. His book, Quantum Phase Transitions, is the basic text of the field.
- Salam Distinguished Lectures 2014, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy.
- Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, 2012
- Distinguished Visiting Research Chair
at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2009-2014.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, 2003.
- Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2001
Citation: For his contributions to the theory of quantum phase transitions and its application to correlated electron materials.
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Fellow, February 1989.
- Presidential Young Investigator, National
Science Foundation, July 1988 - July 1993.
- LeRoy Apker Award,
given by the American Physical Society
for ‘outstanding achievement in physics by an undergraduate’, January 1983.
Significant Research Accomplishments
(More details in Research Summaries and Research Accomplishments.)
- Gauge theories of quantum phase transitions in antiferromagnets.
Described the role of emergent gauge fields and Berry phases in symmetry breaking, and the resulting appearance of deconfined quantum criticality.
- First established the existence and stability of a quantum spin liquid with time-reversal symmetry and anyon excitations:
now called the Z2 spin liquid. Theory of confinement transitions out of the Z2
spin liquid; for cases with broken global symmetries in the confining phase,
the first examples of phase transitions beyond the Landau-Ginzburg-Wilson paradigm.
215, and notes)
- Introduced the study of quantum criticality as the origin of anomalous dynamic properties of correlated electron compounds.
Numerous contributions to quantum field theories of quantum criticality in insulators, superconductors, and metals.
- Theory of non-zero temperature dynamics and transport in one-dimensional quantum systems with an energy gap. (papers
- Theory of quantum impurities in strongly interacting bulk critical states.
- Predicted density wave order and quantum criticality
in tilted lattices of ultracold atoms. (papers 111,
- Proposed a new metallic state, the fractionalized Fermi liquid (FL*):
this has electron-like quasiparticles around a Fermi surface, enclosing a volume distinct from the Luttinger value,
co-existing with topological order.
- Theory of transport in quantum matter without quasiparticle excitations, with
realizations in conformal field theories.
- Theory of transport in 'strange' metals without quasiparticle excitations.
Introduced holographic gravitational theories as descriptions of strange metals,
along with results from hydrodynamics and new field-theoretic approaches.
- Proposed and described strange metal behavior in graphene.
- Theory of symmetry-breaking and quantum criticality in the high temperature superconductors.
Named and plenary lectures
- Dirac Lecture, University of New South Wales, Australia, September 1, 2015.
- Salam Distinguished Lectures, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy, January 27-30, 2014.
- Institute Lecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, January 21, 2014.
- Bethe Colloquium, Bethe Center for Theoretical Physics, University of Bonn, January 14, 2013.
- Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 2012.
- Arnold Sommerfeld Lectures, University of Munich, January 31 - February 3, 2012.
- HRI-Girdharilal Mehta Lecture, Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad, January 13, 2012.
- Rapporteur at the 25th Solvay Conference on Physics - The Theory of the Quantum World, Brussels, October 19-22, 2011.
- Plenary talk at the International Conference on
Strong Correlated Electron Systems,
August 30, 2011.
- Marc Kac Memorial Lectures, Los Alamos National Laboratory, May 3-5, 2011.
- Moshe Flato Lectures, Ben Gurion University, March 10, 2011.
- Subramanyan Chandrasekhar Lectures, International Center for Theoretical Sciences,
Bangalore, Dec 6-8, 2010
- Plenary talk at the 24th International Conference on Statistical Physics, Cairns, Australia, July 2010.
- Niels Bohr Lecture, Niels Bohr Institute, May 5, 2010
- Colloquium Pierre et Marie Curie, University of Paris, May 3, 2010
- De Sitter Lecture Series in Theoretical Physics 2009, University of Groningen, November 2009
- Solvay colloquium, International Solvay Institutes, Brussels, October 2009
- Rapporteur at the 24th Solvay Conference on Physics, Quantum Theory of Condensed Matter, Brussels, Oct 11-13, 2008.
- Plenary talk at the 25th International Conference on Low
Temperature Physics, Amsterdam, August 2008
- Distinguished Lecture Series, Technion, Israel, March 2007.
- Plenary talk at the International Conference on Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems,
Karlsruhe, Germany, July 2004
- F. A. Matsen Endowed Regents Lecture on the Structure of Matter at the University of Texas at Austin, October 2002.
- "Colloquium Ehrenfestii", at the Lorentz
Institute in Leiden, Holland, May 1998.
- Plenary talk at the 19th International Conference on Statistical Physics, Xiamen, August 1995.
Ph.D. Students and Postdocs