Professor

M. Zahid Hasan

Princeton University
Area
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Specialty
Physics
Elected
2020
Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University. PhD (Stanford University & SLAC, 2002). Robert H. Dicke fellow at Princeton (2002). Visiting Miller Professor at UC Berkeley and Visiting Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Research Areas: Quantum Physics of Matter; Quantum Topology; Emergent Phenomena. Current research focus: Novel phases of topological & correlated quantum matter and exotic superconductors. Hasan helped launch the field of Topological Insulators by directly detecting the predicted novel surface states and thoroughly demonstrating their unusual topological properties using advanced spin-sensitive spectroscopic techniques. Subsequently, he has theoretically and experimentally discovered many novel classes of topological matter. The field expanded to include topological semimetals, notably Weyl semimetals, whose states mimic massless fermions considered in quantum field theory. In 2015 Hasan observed the emergent Weyl fermions and novel topological Fermi arc surface states in topological semimetals. He has also made groundbreaking contributions in the subfields of topological phase transitions, topological magnets in 2D and 3D, topological nodal-line and drumhead metals, topological chiral crystals, topological Hopf link semimetals, topological superconductors and Kagome magnets and materials, Chern magnets and charge-ordered superconductors. His experiments have been seminal in giving rise to the field of Topological Quantum Matter with more than 50,000 citations, which is now growing vigorously at the nexus of condensed matter physics, materials engineering, nano-science, device physics & quantum engineering, chemistry and relativistic quantum field theory. His results have extended our old textbook level understanding of quantum matter and are now being featured in many standard textbooks of condensed matter physics world-wide.
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