Shailesh Chandrasekharan

Shailesh Chandrasekharan

Professor of Physics

Office Location: 
Science Drive, 253, Physics/Math Bldg., Durham, NC 27708
Front Office Address: 
Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708-0305
Phone: 
(919) 660-2462

Overview

Prof. Chandrasekharan is interested in understanding quantum field theories non-perturbatively from first principles calculations. His research focuses on lattice formulations with emphasis on strongly correlated fermionic systems of interest in condensed matter, particle and nuclear physics. He develops novel Monte-Carlo algorithms to study these problems. He is particularly excited about solutions to the notoriously difficult sign problem that haunts quantum systems containing fermions and gauge fields. He recently proposed an idea called the fermion bag approach, using which he has been able to solve numerous sign problems that seemed unsolvable earlier. Using various algorithmic advances over the past decade, he is interested in understanding the properties of quantum critical points containing interacting fermions. Some of his recent publications can be found here.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1996

  • M.Phil., Columbia University 1994

  • M.A., Columbia University 1992

  • B.S.E.E., Indian Institute of Technology (India) 1989

Selected Grants

Quantum Field Theory as Spin Models on Quantum Computers awarded by Los Alamos National Laboratory (Principal Investigator). 2019 to 2020

Lattice and Effective Field Theory Studies of Quantum Chromodynamics awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2020

Coherence and Correlations in Electronic Nanostructures awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2009

Coherence and Correlation in Electronic Nanostructures awarded by National Science Foundation (Co-Principal Investigator). 2001 to 2006

Toward the Chiral Limit in QCD awarded by Department of Energy (Principal Investigator). 2003 to 2005

Quantum Chromodynamics and Nuclear Physics at Extreme Energy Density awarded by Department of Energy (Co-Principal Investigator). 1995 to 2005

Singh, H., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Few-body physics on a spacetime lattice in the worldline approach.” Physical Review D, vol. 99, no. 7, Apr. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.99.074511. Full Text

Banerjee, Debasish, et al. “Conformal Dimensions via Large Charge Expansion..” Physical Review Letters, vol. 120, no. 6, Feb. 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.120.061603. Full Text

Ayyar, V., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Generating a nonperturbative mass gap using Feynman diagrams in an asymptotically free theory.” Physical Review D, vol. 96, no. 11, Dec. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.114506. Full Text

Huffman, E., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Fermion bag approach to Hamiltonian lattice field theories in continuous time.” Physical Review D, vol. 96, no. 11, Dec. 2017. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.96.114502. Full Text

Hann, C. T., et al. “Solution to the sign problem in a frustrated quantum impurity model.” Annals of Physics, vol. 376, Jan. 2017, pp. 63–75. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.aop.2016.11.006. Full Text

Huffman, Emilie, and Shailesh Chandrasekharan. “Solution to sign problems in models of interacting fermions and quantum spins..” Physical Review. E, vol. 94, no. 4–1, Oct. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physreve.94.043311. Full Text

Ayyar, V., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Fermion masses through four-fermion condensates.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 2016, no. 10, Oct. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1007/JHEP10(2016)058. Full Text

Huffman, E., et al. “Real-time evolution of strongly coupled fermions driven by dissipation.” Annals of Physics, vol. 372, Sept. 2016, pp. 309–19. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.aop.2016.05.019. Full Text

Ayyar, V., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Origin of fermion masses without spontaneous symmetry breaking.” Physical Review D, vol. 93, no. 8, Apr. 2016. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.93.081701. Full Text

Ayyar, V., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Massive fermions without fermion bilinear condensates.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 91, no. 6, Mar. 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.91.065035. Full Text

Pages

Ayyar, V., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Generating a mass gap using Feynman diagrams in an asymptotically free theory.” Epj Web of Conferences, vol. 175, 2018. Scopus, doi:10.1051/epjconf/201817511010. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. “Fermion bags, topology and index theorems.” Proceedings of Science, vol. Part F128557, 2016.

Chandrasekharan, S. “Quantum critical behavior with massless staggered fermions in three dimensions.” Proceedings of Science, vol. 29-July-2013, 2013.

Cecile, D. J., and S. Chandrasekharan. “-Resonance and convergence of chiral perturbation theory.” Proceedings of Science, vol. 66, 2008.