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, Shailesh, and Abhijit C. Mehta. “Effects of the anomaly on the two-flavor QCD chiral phase transition.Physical Review Letters, vol. 99, no. 14, Oct. 2007, p. 142004. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.99.142004. Full Text

Lee, J. W., et al. “Disorder-Induced Superfluidity in Hardcore Bosons in Two Dimensions.” Phys. Rev. B, 2007.

Podolsky, D., et al. “Novel transitions in S=1 spinor condensates and XY Ashkin-Teller universality.” Arxiv:0707.0695 [Cond Mat.Stat Mech], 2007.

Chandrasekharan, Shailesh. “Anomalous superfluidity in (2+1)-dimensional two-color lattice QCD.Physical Review Letters, vol. 97, no. 18, Nov. 2006, p. 182001. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.97.182001. Full Text

Priyadarshee, Anand, et al. “Quantum phase transitions of hard-core bosons in background potentials.Physical Review Letters, vol. 97, no. 11, Sept. 2006, p. 115703. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.97.115703. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and F. J. Jiang. “Phase diagram of two-color lattice QCD in the chiral limit.” Physical Review D  Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology, vol. 74, no. 1, July 2006. Scopus, doi:10.1103/PhysRevD.74.014506. Full Text

Kaul, Ribhu K., et al. “Spectroscopy of the Kondo problem in a box.Physical Review Letters, vol. 96, no. 17, May 2006, p. 176802. Epmc, doi:10.1103/physrevlett.96.176802. Full Text

Chandrasekharan, S., and A. C. Mehta. “Effects of the anomaly on the QCD chiral phase transition.” Proceedings of Science, vol. 32, Jan. 2006.

Chandrasekharan, S. “New approaches to strong coupling lattice QCD.” Int. J. Mod. Phys., vol. B20, 2006, pp. 2714–23.

Yoo, J., et al. “On the sign problem in the Hirsch-Fye algorithm for impurity problems.” Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and General, vol. 38, no. 48, Dec. 2005, pp. 10307–10. Scopus, doi:10.1088/0305-4470/38/48/004. Full Text