Cheng Peng  ( 彭程 )

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (2020 - present)

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2008 - 2013 Ph.D. University of Michigan

2004 - 2008 B.Sc. Peking University




Positions and Experiences

2016 - Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brown University

2013 - 2016 Postdoctoral Research Scholar, ETH Zurich




Research Interests

I am a theoretical physicist working on aspects of quantum field theory and gravity that help reveal the mystery of the quantum theory of gravity. Some of the subjects that I have studied include

  • Gauge/Gravity duality; its origin, generalizations, and applications
  • Symmetries and algebraic structures in quantum field theories
  • Soluble (sectors of) models of quantum gravity


Apart from the above topics, I am also interested in exciting developments in other related fields such as the quantum information/quantum gravity program, the nonperturbative bootstrap program, black holes and compact objects (from both the high energy physics and the astrophysics points of view), and curious connections between high energy physics and condensed matter physics.





My publications can be found here.





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Masahiro NozakiPhoto Nozaki Masahiro 2






Tenure-Track AP, will join in 2020

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2010-2015  Ph.D., Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University

2006-2010  Bachelor's degree, Department of Science and Technology, Keio University




Professional Experience

2020-          Tenure-Track AP, Kavli ITS, UCAS

2018-2020  RIKEN, Japan

2015-2018  Kadanoffff Center Fellow, The Kadanoffff Center for Theoretical Physics, The University of Chicago

2015           JSPS Postdoctoral fellow, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University

2014-2015  DC2, Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto University





Research Interests

I have been studying non-equilibrium physics and quantum gravity in terms of quantum entanglement:

We have proposed how to construct geometry in gravity dual of entanglement structure.

We have been studying the relation between Einstein eq. and constraint for entanglement entropy.

We have been studying thermal properties of entanglement entropy.

We have been studying how scrambling effect affects structure of entanglement.

Currently, I am strongly interested in properties of theories with strong scrambling effect in low energy limit. Also, I am strongly interested in the physics beyond AdS/CFT correspondence.




Selected Publications

1. Quantum vs. classical information: operator negativity as a probe of scrambling, J. Kudler-Flam, M. Nozaki, S. Ryu and M. T. Tan.


2. Signature of quantum chaos in operator entanglement in 2d CFTs, L. Nie, M. Nozaki, S. Ryu and M. T. Tan. arXiv:1812.00013 [hep-th]


3. Entanglement of local operators in large-N conformal field theories, P. Caputa, M. Nozaki and T. Takayanagi. PTEP 2014, 093B06 (2014)


4. Notes on Quantum Entanglement of Local Operators, M. Nozaki. JHEP 1410, 147 (2014)


5. Quantum Entanglement of Local Operators in Conformal Field Theories, M. Nozaki, T. Numasawa and T. Takayanagi. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 111602 (2014)


6. Dynamics of Entanglement Entropy from Einstein Equation, M. Nozaki, T. Numasawa, A. Prudenziati and T. Takayanagi. Phys. Rev. D 88, no. 2, 026012 (2013)


7. Holographic Local Quenches and Entanglement Density, M. Nozaki, T. Numasawa and T. Takayanagi. JHEP 1305, 080 (2013)


8. Thermodynamical Property of Entanglement Entropy for Excited States, J. Bhattacharya, M. Nozaki, T. Takayanagi and T. Ugajin. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, no. 9, 091602 (2013)


9. Holographic Geometry of Entanglement Renormalization in Quantum Field Theories, M. Nozaki, S. Ryu and T. Takayanagi. JHEP 1210, 193 (2012)





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Xi-Nan Zhou (周稀楠)

Xi Nan Zhou2





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Professional Experience

2018-2021: Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS), Princeton University.

2021-now: Assistant Professor, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Sciences, UCAS.





    2009-2013: B.Sc in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China,

    2013-2018: Ph.D. in Physics, C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics (YITP), Stony Brook University.



Research Interest

I am a theoretical physicist interested in a range of topics in quantum field theories and string theory, including the AdS/CFT correspondence, the conformal bootstrap, and scattering amplitudes. One of my current research programs is to develop efficient modern techniques to compute holographic correlators, and uncover various interesting hidden structures. These holographic correlators of boundary CFTs are dual to scattering amplitudes in AdS space, and exhibit many remarkable features similar to those of the flat space scattering amplitudes. I also work on the non-perturbative conformal bootstrap. Some of my recent works include developing functional methods to systematically extract constraints on the CFT data from the crossing equation. My research in this direction aims to provide analytic insights for the conformal bootstrap method. 




Selected Publications

  1. L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, Mellin Amplitudes for Supergravity on AdS5 × S5, Phys.Rev.Lett. 118 no. 9, (2017) 091602.
  2. Z. Komargodski, A. Sharon, R. Thorgren, X. Zhou, Comments on Abelian Higgs Models and Persistent Order”, SciPost Physics 6 (2019) no.1, 003.
  3. L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, How to Succeed at Holographic Correlators without Really Trying”, JHEP 04 (2018) 014.
  4. X. Zhou, On Superconformal Four-Point Mellin Amplitudes in Dimension d > 2”, JHEP 08 (2018) 187.
  5. D. Mazac, L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, An Analytic Approach to BCFTd”, JHEP 12 (2019) 004.
  6. D. Mazac, L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, A Basis of Analytic Functionals for CFTs in General Dimension”, JHEP 08 (2021) 140.
  7. L. F. Alday, X. Zhou, All Tree-Level Correlators for M-theory on AdS7 × S4”, Phys.Rev.Lett. 125 no. 13, (2020) 131604.
  8. L. F. Alday, X. Zhou, All Holographic Four-Point Functions in All Maximally Supersymmetric CFTs”, Phys.Rev.X 11 (2021) 1, 011056.
  9. L. F. Alday, C. Behan, P. Ferrero, X. Zhou, “Gluon Scattering in AdS from CFT”, JHEP 06 (2021) 020.
  10. X. Zhou, “Double Copy Relation in AdS Space”, Phys.Rev.Lett. 127 no. 14, (2021) 141601


 My complete publications can be found here




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Hua-Jia Wang (王华嘉)

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (2020 - present)

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2005 - 2009 B. S. in Mathematics and Physics, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA

2009 - 2015 PhD in Physics, Stanford University, Department of Physics, CA, USA



Position and Experiences

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champain (UIUC), (2015-2018)

Postdoctoral Scholar, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), (2018-present)





Research Interests

My current researches focus on using conformal field theory to understand quantum gravity through the AdS/CFT correspondence. In particular, I am interested in exploring the deep underlying origin of the correspondence and its connection to novel aspects of quantum field theories, such as entanglement structures and chaotic properties.  
In the past, I have also been interested in understanding non-relativistic quantum field theories; application of supersymmetric mirror symmetry to understand particle-vortex duality in three dimensions; as well as AdS/CMT.

 Selected Publications

  1. T. Faulkner, M. Li, H. Wang, “A modular toolkit for bulk reconstruction”,  JHEP 1904 119 (2019) 

  2. T. Faulkner, H. Wang, “Probing beyond ETH at large c”,  JHEP 1806 123 (2018) 

  3. S. Balakrishnan, T. Faulkner, Z. Khandker, H. Wang, “A General Proof of the Quantum Null Energy Condition”,  arXiv: 1706.09432 [hep-th]

  4. S. Kachru, M. Mulligan, G. Torroba, H. Wang, “Non-supersymmetric dualities from mir- ror symmetry”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 011602 (2017) 

  5. T. Faulkner, R. Leigh, O. Parrikar, H. Wang, “Modular Hamiltonian for deformed half- spaces and the Averaged Null Energy Condition”, JHEP 09 038 (2016) 

  6. E. Shaghoulian, H. Wang, “Timelike BKL singularities and chaos in AdS/CFT”, Class. Quant. Grav V33, 12 (2016) 

  7. S. Raghu, G. Torroba, H. Wang, “Metallic quantum critical points with finite BCS cou- plings”, Phys. Rev. B 92, 205104 (2015) (editor’s suggestion) 

  8. S. Kachru, M. Mulligan, G. Torroba, H. Wang, “Mirror symmetry and the half-filled Landau level”, Phys. Rev. B 92, 235105 (2015) 

  9. A. Hook, S. Kachru, G. Torroba and H. Wang, “Emergent Fermi Surfaces, Fractionalization and Duality in Supersymmetric QED”, JHEP 08, 031 (2014) 

  10. X. Dong, S. Harrison, S. Kachru, G. Torroba and H. Wang, “Aspects of Holography for Theories with Hyperscaling Violation”,  JHEP 1206, 041, (2012) 




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