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Subir Sachdev
Professor of Physics
Harvard University
Harvard University

Brief Curriculum Vitae

Office Address
Department of Physics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495 - 3923
Fax: (617) 496-2545
Email : lastname@g.harvard.edu
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.

Employment

  • 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, 1987.

Education and Degrees

Honors

Significant Research Accomplishments

  • Theory of symmetry breaking and topological order in quantum antiferromagnets. Developed ideas on the role of Berry phases in symmetry breaking, and the resulting appearance of deconfined quantum criticality.
  • First established the existence and stability of a spin liquid with no symmetry breaking but with topological order: now called the Z2 spin liquid or the `toric code'.
  • Introduced the study of quantum criticality as the origin of anomalous thermal properties of correlated electron compounds. Numerous contributions to quantum field theories of quantum criticality in insulators, metals, and superconductors.
  • 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.
  • Introduced holographic gravitational theories as descriptions of `strange' metals without quasiparticle excitations; insights from these methods have inspired new field-theoretic approaches.
  • Theory of symmetry-breaking and quantum criticality in the high temperature superconductors.

Publications

Named and plenary lectures

Ph.D. Students and Postdocs

Research appointments