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Subir Sachdev Theoretical Physicist

Subir Sachdev’s most recent research interests focus 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, the Australian Institute of Physics, the University of New South Wales, and the Royal Society of New South Wales, 2015.

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

Salam Distinguished Lectures, The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy., 2014.

Lorentz Chair, Instituut-Lorentz, 2012.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1989.

Relevant Publications

S. Sachdev, "Bekenstein-Hawking entropy and strange metals," Phys. Rev. X to appear, arXiv:1506.05111.

M. Punk et al, "A quantum dimer model for the pseudogap metal," PNAS, vol. 112, pp. 9552, 2015.

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

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

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


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



Associate Fellow Quantum Materials


Harvard UniversityDepartment of Physics


PhD (Theoretical Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AM (Physics) Harvard University

SB (Physics) Harvard University


United States

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