Hong Yao


Institute for Advanced Study

Tsinghua University


Tel: +86-10-62789978
E-mail: yaohong(AT)tsinghua.edu.cn
Group webpage: www.stanford.edu/~hyao (temporary)

Education background

09/2009    Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University; Advisor: Prof. Steven A. Kivelson
                  Thesis: Theoretical studies of strongly correlated electronic systems
09/2004    M.A. in Physics, Johns Hopkins University; Advisor: Prof. Oleg Tchernyshyov
07/2001    B.S. in Physics, Nanjing University; Advisor: Prof. Chang-De Gong


05/2012 -                  Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University
09/2011 - 08/2012    Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford University, Advisor: Prof. Shou-Cheng Zhang
08/2009 - 08/2011    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley & Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Advisor: Prof. Dung-Hai Lee

Areas of Research Interests/ Research Projects

I am mainly interested in identifying, characterizing, and classifying new states of matter. My research is currently focused on quantum systems where strong correlation effect or topological character plays an important role in understanding their low energy and long wave-length physics. These kinds of quantum systems include quantum spin liquids, high temperature superconductors, quantum Hall systems, non-Fermi liquids, topological insulators and superconductors.

Honors And Awards

Selected to the National Thousant-Young-Talent Program (2012).

Stanford Graduate Fellowship (Henry Fan Fellow), Stanford University (2007 - 2009).

Academic Achievement

Totally published 74 papers (including 7 arXiv preprints), including 17 in Phys. Rev. Lett., 3 in Nature Communications, 3 in Nature Physis, and 1 in Science. Total citation: over 2500(Web of Science)/3700(Google Scholar). H-index: 25(Web of Science)/30(Google Scholar).  


For full publications, see Hong Yao@arXiv  and Hong Yao@ResearcherID.


Selected publications:

25. Solvable SYK models in higher dimensions: a new type of many-body localization transition
      Shao-Kai Jian and Hong Yao*

24. Fermion-induced quantum critical points
      Zi-Xiang Li, Yi-Fan Jiang, Shao-Kai Jian, and Hong Yao*
      Nature Communications 8, 314 (2017)

23. Edge quantum criticality and emergent supersymmetry in topological phases
      Zi-Xiang Li, Yi-Fan Jiang, and Hong Yao*
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 107202 (2017)

22. Emergence of supersymmetric quantum electrodynamics
      Shao-Kai Jian, Chien-Hung Lin, Joseph Maciejko*, and Hong Yao*
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 166802 (2017)

21. Majorana-time-reversal symmetries: a fundamental principle for sign-problem-free quantum Monte Carlo  simulations
      Zi-Xiang Li, Yi-Fan Jiang, and Hong Yao*
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 267002 (2016)

20. Symmetry-protected ideal Weyl semimetal in HgTe-class materials
      Jiawei Ruan, Shao-Kai Jian, Hong Yao*, Haijun Zhang*, Shou-Cheng Zhang, and Dingyu Xing
      Nature Communications 7, 11136 (2016); Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science
19. Ideal Weyl semimetals in the chalcopyrites CuTlSe2, AgTlTe2, AuTlTe2 and ZnPbAs2
      Jiawei Ruan, Shao-Kai Jian, D. Zhang, Hong Yao*, Haijun Zhang*, Shou-Cheng Zhang, and Dingyu Xing
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 226801 (2016)

18. Quantum Monte Carlo study of the Tc enhancement mechanism in FeSe on SrTiO3
      Zi-Xiang Li, Fa Wang, Hong Yao*, and Dung-Hai Lee*
      Science Bulletin 61, 925 (2016); Selected as a cover story; Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science

17. Emergent space-time supersymmetry in 3+1D Weyl and 2+1D Dirac semimetals
      Shao-Kai Jian, Yi-Fan Jiang, and Hong Yao*
      Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 237001 (2015); Editors’ Suggestion

16. Solving fermion sign problem in quantum Monte Carlo by Majorana representation,
      Zi-Xiang Li, Yi-Fan Jiang, and Hong Yao*
      Phys. Rev. B (Rapid Communication) 91, 241117 (2015); Editors’ Suggestion; Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science

15. Topological Odd-Parity Superconductivity at Type-II 2D Van Hove Singularities
      Hong Yao* and Fan Yang
      Phys. Rev. B 92, 035132 (2015)

14. Majorana zero modes in dislocations of Sr2RuO4
      Taylor L. Hughes, Hong Yao, and Xiao-Liang Qi
      Phys. Rev. B 90, 235123 (2014)

13. Classification of topological insulators and superconductors in the presence of reflection symmetry
      Ching-Kai Chiu, Hong Yao, and Shinsei Ryu
      Phys. Rev. B 88, 075142 (2013); Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science
12. Interaction effect on topological classification of superconductors in two dimensions
      Hong Yao* and Shinsei Ryu
      Phys. Rev. B 88, 064507 (2013)

11.  Time-reversal symmetry breaking superconducting ground state in the doped Mott insulator on the honeycomb lattice
      Zheng-Cheng Gu, Hong-Chen Jiang, D. N. Sheng, Hong Yao, Leon Balents, Xiao-Gang Wen,
      Phys. Rev. B 88, 155112 (2013)

10. Frustrated RVB states in 2D: classifications and short-range correlations

       Fan Yang and Hong Yao*

       Phys. Rev. Lett.109, 147209 (2012)

9. Spin Liquid Ground State of the Spin-1/2 Square J1-J2 Heisenberg Model

       Hong-Chen Jiang, Hong Yao, and Leon Balents

       Phys. Rev. B 86, 024424 (2012); Editor’s Suggestion; Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science

8.  Exact spin liquid ground states of the quantum dimer model on the square and honeycomb lattices

     Hong Yao and Steven A. Kivelson

     Phys. Rev. Lett.108, 247206 (2012)

7.  Non-Abelian Quantum Hall Effect in Topological Flat Bands

     Yi-Fei Wang, Hong Yao, Zheng-Cheng Gu, Chang-De Gong, and D. N. Sheng

     Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 126805 (2012)

6.  Fermionic magnons, non-Abelian spinons, and spin quantum Hall effect from an exactly solvable Kitaev Hamiltonian with SU(2) symmetry

      Hong Yao and Dung-Hai Lee

      Phys. Rev. Letts. 107, 087205 (2011)

5.  Entanglement entropy and entanglement spectrum of the Kitaev model

      Hong Yao and Xiao-Liang Qi

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 080501 (2010)

4.  Topological insulators and nematic phases from spontaneous symmetry breaking in 2D fermi systems with a quadratic band crossing

      Kai Sun, Hong Yao, Eduardo Fradkin, and Steven A. Kivelson

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 046811 (2009); Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science

3.   Algebraic spin liquid in an exactly solvable spin model

      Hong Yao, Shou-Cheng Zhang, and Steven A. Kivelson

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 217202 (2009)

2.  Theory of electron nematic order in LaOFeAs

      Chen Fang, Hong Yao, Wei-Feng Tsai, Jiang-Ping Hu, and Steven A. Kivelson

      Phys. Rev. B 77, 224509 (2008); Editor’s suggestion; Highly Cited Paper in Web of Science

1.  Exact chiral spin liquids with non-Abelian anyons

      Hong Yao and Steven A. Kivelson

      Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 247203 (2007); Editor’s suggestion


Updated in Sept 2017