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 of these theories 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 has 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. Recently he is exploring how one can use quantum computers to solve quantum field theories. 

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., and C. G. Strouthos. “Connecting lattice QCD with chiral perturbation theory at strong coupling.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 69, no. 9, Jan. 2004, p. 5. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.69.091502. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., et al. “Meron-cluster approach to systems of strongly correlated electrons.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 673, no. 3, Dec. 2003, pp. 405–36. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2003.08.041. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and F. J. Jiang. “Chiral limit of strongly coupled lattice QCD at finite temperatures.” Physical Review D, vol. 68, no. 9, Dec. 2003. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.68.091501. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., et al. “Nonlinear realization of chiral symmetry on the lattice.” Journal of High Energy Physics, vol. 7, no. 12, Dec. 2003, pp. 831–63. Scopus, doi:10.1088/1126-6708/2003/12/035. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and C. G. Strouthos. “Kosterlitz-Thouless universality in dimer models.” Physical Review D, vol. 68, no. 9, Dec. 2003. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.68.091502. Full Text

Adams, D. H., and S. Chandrasekharan. “Chiral limit of strongly coupled lattice gauge theories.” Nuclear Physics B, vol. 662, no. 1–2, July 2003, pp. 220–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0550-3213(03)00350-X. Full Text

Brower, R., et al. “QCD at fixed topology.” Physics Letters, Section B: Nuclear, Elementary Particle and High Energy Physics, vol. 560, no. 1–2, May 2003, pp. 64–74. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0370-2693(03)00369-1. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. “Chiral limit of staggered fermions at strong couplings: A loop representation.” Nuclear Physics B  Proceedings Supplements, vol. 119, Jan. 2003, pp. 929–31. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S0920-5632(03)01722-5. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S. “Connections between quantum chromodynamics and condensed matter physics.” Pramana  Journal of Physics, vol. 61, no. 5, Jan. 2003, pp. 901–10. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02704458. Full Text

Brower, R., et al. “LATTICE QCD AT FIXED TOPOLOGY.” Phys. Lett. B, vol. 560, 2003, pp. 64–74.