Research Spotlight:
Yahui Zhang

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Meet Yahui Zhang

Yahui Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

His work focuses on condensed matter theory with a focus on strongly correlated physics. 

Q: How has computing impacted the study of condensed matter physics?

YZ: “Numerical simulation has become crucial in the study of condensed matter physics. We are studying an infinite number of electrons that interact strongly with each other, making analytical solutions impossible. Basically, we have a model but cannot solve it analytically. We need heavy computations to find these solutions.”

Q: What inspired you to pursue a research career in theoretical condensed matter physics?

YZ: “I majored in physics as an undergraduate. What drew me to the study of theoretical condensed matter was how rich and interesting the physics was, given the variety of materials we explore and the numerous possibilities within the field.

Q: What advice do you have for students who want to pursue a research career in this field?

YZ: “There will be times when you will be confronted with challenging problems that are harder to solve. You should have a strong interest in this field and the motivation to keep learning. Additionally, condensed matter physics offers a rich variety of directions to take. A broader knowledge of condensed matter physics theory will help you thrive in this field.”

Q: What is the impact or value of Rockfish on your research?

YZ: “Rockfish has been helpful to my students and postdocs who utilize it to do many simulations. We have several papers where we have used Rockfish resources, so it has been very crucial to us.” 

Q: What do you like to do outside of your research work?

YZ: “My interests outside of work are hockey and movies. I also like to try different foods!”

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