Subir Sachdev



  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • Harvard University
Department of Physics


  • United States


PhD (Theoretical Physics), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AM (Physics), Harvard University
SB (Physics), Harvard University


Subir Sachdev is a theoretical physicist whose most recent research focuses on the development of the theory of quantum phase transitions, and its use in understanding the non-zero temperature dynamics of correlated electron systems.


Dirac Medal for the Advancement of Theoretical Physics, from the Australian Institute of Physics, University of New South Wales and Royal Society of New South Wales, 2015

Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2014

Salam Distinguished Lectures, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, 2014

Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, 2012

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1989

Relevant Publications

Sachdev, S. "Bekenstein-Hawking entropy and strange metals." Phys. Rev. X 5, no. 4 (2015).

Punk, M. et al. "A quantum dimer model for the pseudogap metal." PNAS 112 (2015): 9552.

Fujita, K. et al. "Direct phase sensitive identification of a d-form factor density wave in underdoped cuprates." PNAS 111 (2014): e3026.

Katz, E. et al. "Conformal field theories at non-zero temperature: operator product expansions, Monte Carlo, and holography." Phys. Rev. B. 90 (2014): 245109.

Sachdev, S. Quantum phase transitions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Hartnoll, S.A. et al. "Theory of the Nernst effect near quantum phase transitions in condensed matter, and in dyonic black holes." Phys. Rev. B 76 (2007): 144502.