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

Chandrasekharan, S., et al. “From spin ladders to the 2D O(3) model at non-zero density.” Computer Physics Communications, vol. 147, no. 1–2, Jan. 2002, pp. 388–93. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0010-4655(02)00311-9. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and J. C. Osborn. “Kosterlitz-Thouless universality in a Fermionic system.” Physical Review B  Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, vol. 66, no. 4, Jan. 2002, pp. 1–5. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.66.045113. Full Text

Alford, M., et al. “Solution of the complex action problem in the Potts model for dense QCD.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 602, no. 1–2, May 2001, pp. 61–86. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0550-3213(01)00068-2. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., et al. “Flop transitions in cuprate and color superconductors: From SO(5) to SO(10) unification?.” Nuclear Physics B  Proceedings Supplements, vol. 94, no. 1–3, Mar. 2001, pp. 449–52. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0920-5632(01)01002-7. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. “QCD at a finite density of static quarks.” Nuclear Physics B  Proceedings Supplements, vol. 94, no. 1–3, Mar. 2001, pp. 71–78. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0920-5632(01)00936-7. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and J. Osborn. “Solving sign problems with meron algorithms.” Computer Simulation Studies in Condensed Matter Physics Xiii, edited by D. P. Landau et al., vol. 86, SPRINGER-VERLAG BERLIN, Jan. 2001, pp. 28–42.

Chandrasekharan, S., and J. C. Osborn. “Critical behavior of a chiral condensate with a meron cluster algorithm.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 496, no. 1–2, Dec. 2000, pp. 122–28. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0370-2693(00)01294-6. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., et al. “Meron-cluster simulation of a chiral phase transition with staggered fermions.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 576, no. 1–3, June 2000, pp. 481–500. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0550-3213(00)00087-0. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. “A chiral phase transition using a fermion cluster algorithm.” Chinese Journal of Physics, vol. 38, no. 3, PHYSICAL SOC REPUBLIC CHINA, June 2000, pp. 696–706.

Chandrasekharan, S. “Fermion cluster algorithms.” Nuclear Physics B  Proceedings Supplements, vol. 83–84, no. 1–3, Jan. 2000, pp. 774–76.