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Chetan Nayak

CNSI Bldg. rm 2241 University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6105 TEL: (805) 893-8829 FAX: (425) 708-1426 e-mail: lastname at


Research Interests

Selected Publications

Topological Phases, the Quantum Hall Effect, and Quantum Computation:

``2n Quasihole States Realize 2n-1-Dimensional Spinor Braiding Statistics in Paired Quantum Hall States,''
C. Nayak and F. Wilczek, Nucl. Phys. B479, 529-553 (1996).

``A Chern-Simons effective field theory for the Pfaffian quantum Hall state,''
E. Fradkin, C. Nayak, A. Tsvelik, and F. Wilczek, Nucl. Phys. B516, 704-718 (1998).

``$P,T$-Invariant Topological Phases of Correlated Electron Systems,''
M. Freedman, C. Nayak, K. Shtengel, K. Walker, Z. Wang, Annals of Physics 310, 428-492 (2004).

``Topologically-Protected Qubits from a Possible Non-Abelian Fractional Quantum Hall State,''
S. Das Sarma, M. Freedman, C. Nayak, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 166802/1-4 (2005).

``Edge states and tunneling of non-Abelian quasiparticles in the &nu=5/2 quantum Hall state and p+ip superconductors,''
P. Fendley, M.P.A. Fisher, C. Nayak, Phys. Rev. B 75, 045317/1-24 (2007).

``Particle-Hole Symmetry and the &nu=5/2 Quantum Hall State,''
S.-S. Lee, S. Ryu, C. Nayak, and M. P. A. Fisher, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 236807/1-4 (2007).

``Non-Abelian Anyons and Topological Quantum Computation,''
C. Nayak, S. H. Simon, A. Stern, M. Freedman, S. Das Sarma. Rev. Mod. Phys. 80, 1083-1159 (2008).

Novel Competing Ordered States and High-Temperature Superconductors:

``Density Wave States of Non-Zero Angular Momentum,''
C. Nayak, Phys. Rev. B62, 4880-89 (2000).

``Hidden Order in the Cuprates,''
S. Chakravarty, R.B. Laughlin, D.K. Morr, and C. Nayak, Phys. Rev. B63, 94503/1-10 (2001) .

``Neutron Scattering Signature of $d$-density Wave Order in the Cuprates,''
S. Chakravarty, H. Y. Kee, and C. Nayak, Intl. J. Mod. Phys. 15, 2901-9 (2001).

``Sharp Signature of DDW quantum critical point in the Hall coefficient of the cuprates,''
S. Chakravarty, C. Nayak, S. Tewari, X. Yang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 89, 277003/1-4 (2002).

Non-Fermi liquid Metals:

``Non-Fermi Liquid Fixed Point in 2+1 Dimensions,''
C. Nayak and F. Wilczek, Nucl. Phys. B417, 359-373 (1994).

``Renormalization Group Approach to Low-Temperature Properties of a Non-Fermi Liquid Metal,''
C. Nayak and F. Wilczek, Nucl. Phys. B430, 534-562 (1994).

``Perfect Metal Phases of One-Dimensional and Anisotropic Higher-Dimensional Systems"
E. Plamadeala, M. Mulligan, C. Nayak, arXiv:1404.4367

Former and Current Students and Post-Docs

Former Ph.D. Students: Eugene Pivovarov (2002), Xiao Yang (2003), Ivailo Dimov (2008), Waheb Bishara (2009)
Current Ph.D. Students: Jennifer Cano, Younghyun Kim, Eugeniu Plamadeala, Dominic Else, Christina Knapp
Former Post-Docs: Hae-Young Kee, Dror Orgad, Jiangping Hu, Cristina Bena, Simon Trebst, Adrian Feiguin, Parsa Bonderson, Roman Lutchyn, Lukasz Fidkowski, Bela Bauer, Michael Mulligan, Jon Yard
Current Post-docs: Meng Cheng, Maissam Barkeshli, David Clarke

Career History

1992 B.A. in Physics, Harvard University.
1996 Ph.D. in Physics, Princeton University.
1996-98 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Condensed Matter Theory at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB.
1997-2000 Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles.
2000-2005 Associate Professor, University of California, Los Angeles.
2002 Visiting Professor, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan.
2001, 2003 Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Institute.
2005-2007 Professor, University of California, Los Angeles.
2005- Senior Researcher, Microsoft Station Q
2007- Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara

Honors and Awards

1988 1st Prize, Westinghouse National Science Talent Search
1992 Phi Beta Kappa
2000-04 NSF Faculty Early Career Award
2000-03 A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship
2007 ACIPA Outstanding Young Physicist Award