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
(919) 660-2462


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

Cecile, DJ, and Chandrasekharan, S. "Absence of vortex condensation in a two dimensional fermionic XY model." Physical Review D Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology 77.5 (March 20, 2008). Full Text

Jiang, FJ, Nyfeler, M, Chandrasekharan, S, and Wiese, UJ. "From an antiferromagnet to a valence bond solid: Evidence for a first-order phase transition." Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2008.2 (February 1, 2008). Full Text

Jiang, F-J, Nyfeler, M, Chandrasekharan, S, and Wiese, U-J. "From an antiferromagnet to a valence bond solid: evidence for a first-order phase transition." JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL MECHANICS-THEORY AND EXPERIMENT (February 2008). Full Text

Cecile, DJ, and Chandrasekharan, S. "Modeling pion physics in the -regime of two-flavor QCD using strong coupling lattice QED." Physical Review D Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology 77.1 (January 17, 2008). Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. "A new computational approach to lattice quantum field theories." Proceedings of Science 66 (January 1, 2008).

Chandrasekharan, S, and Mehta, AC. "Effects of the anomaly on the two-flavor QCD chiral phase transition." Physical Review Letters 99.14 (October 5, 2007): 142004-null. Full Text

Podolsky, D, Berkeley, UC, Chandrasekharan, S, Vishwanath, A, Berkeley, UC, and Berkeley, LBL. "Novel transitions in S=1 spinor condensates and XY Ashkin-Teller universality." arXiv:0707.0695 [cond-mat.stat-mech] (2007). (Academic Article)

Lee, JW, Chandrasekharan, S, and Baranger, HU. "Disorder-Induced Superfluidity in Hardcore Bosons in Two Dimensions(Submitted)." Phys. Rev. B (2007). (Academic Article)

Chandrasekharan, S. "Anomalous superfluidity in (2+1)-dimensional two-color lattice QCD." Phys Rev Lett 97.18 (November 3, 2006): 182001-. Full Text

Priyadarshee, A, Chandrasekharan, S, Lee, J-W, and Baranger, HU. "Quantum phase transitions of hard-core bosons in background potentials." Phys Rev Lett 97.11 (September 15, 2006): 115703-. Full Text