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Yuan-Ming Lu

Yuan-Ming Lu

Yuan-Ming Lu

Associate Professor



Physics Research Building, 2012

Areas of Expertise

  • Condensed Matter Theory
  • Topological phases
  • Frustrated magnetism and quantum spin liquids
  • Unconventional superconductivity
  • Quantum phase transitions beyond Ginzburg-Landau framework
  • Correlated electronic materials


  • Ph.D., Physics, Boston College, 2011
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, 2007

Professional Work

Lab Group

The research in Professor Yuan-Ming Lu’s group focuses on (1) topological phases in condensed matter physics and (2) physics of strongly correlated systems. We are interested in novel quantum phases of matter emergent from the strong electronic interactions in materials, which cannot be described by local order parameters. Using a combination of numerical and analytical approaches we will study the exotic physical properties of these topological phases, such as fractional charge/statistics, robust edge/surface states, and quantized response. We are also interested in the material realizations and experimental signatures of these topological phases, as well as associated novel quantum critical phenomena. 

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