Xi-Nan Zhou

  • Published: 2020-11-16


Xi-Nan Zhou (周稀楠)


Xi Nan Zhou






Tenure-Track Assistant Professor (will join in 2021)

View Xi-Nan Zhou's CV (2020)





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.




Professional Experiences

2018-2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS), Princeton 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, The Mellin Formalism for Boundary CFTd”, JHEP 10 (2017) 146.
  4. L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, How to Succeed at Holographic Correlators without Really Trying”, JHEP 04 (2018) 014
  5. X. Zhou, On Superconformal Four-Point Mellin Amplitudes in Dimension d > 2”, JHEP 08 (2018) 187
  6. X. Zhou, Recursion Relations in Witten Diagrams and Conformal Partial Waves ”, JHEP 05 (2019) 006
  7. D. Mazac, L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, An Analytic Approach to BCFTd”, JHEP 12 (2019) 004
  8. D. Mazac, L. Rastelli, X. Zhou, A Basis of Analytic Functionals for CFTs in General Dimension ”, arXiv:1910.12855 [hep-th]
  9. L. F. Alday , X. Zhou, All Tree-Level Correlators for M-theory on AdS7 × S4”, Phys.Rev.Lett.. 125 no. 13, (2020) 131604.
  10. L. F. Alday , X. Zhou, All Holographic Four-Point Functions in All Maximally Supersymmetric CFTs”, arXiv:2006.12505 [hep-th] 



My complete publications can be found here.





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