Zi Cai Associate Professor
  • Wilczek Quantum Center
  • Condensed matter theory
  • Room 819, No. 5 Science Building
  • zcai@sjtu.edu.cn


2005 - 2010     Ph. D. in condensed matter physics, Institute of physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China

2001 - 2005     Bachelor degree, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China


2016 - present Tenure track associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China

2014 - 2016     Postdoctoral scholar, Institute of quantum optics and quantum information, Austria Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck, Austria.

2012 - 2014     Postdoctoral scholar, University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Research Interests:

1. Numerical methods in strongly correlated physics including quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) and density matrix renormalization group (DMRG) methods

2. Non-equilibrium physics in open quantum many-body systems

3. Ultracold atomic systems

  1. Algebraic versus exponential decoherence in dissipative many-particle systems, Zi Cai,  and T. Barthel,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 150403 (2013)

  2. Pomeranchuk cooling of the SU(2N) ultra-cold fermions in optical lattices , Zi Cai,  Hsiang-hsuan Hung, Lei Wang, Dong Zheng and Congjun Wu,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 220401 (2013)

  3. Identifying a bath-induced Bose liquid in interacting spin-boson models, Zi Cai, U. Schollwoeck,  L. Pollet, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 260403 (2014)

  4. Competing orders in the 2D half-filled SU(2N) Hubbard model through the pinning field quantum Monte-Carlo simulations,  Da Wang, Yi Li, Zi Cai, Zhichao ZhouYu Wang and Congjun Wu,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 156403 (2014)

  5. Extended Bose-Hubbard Models with Ultracold Magnetic Atoms, S. Baier, M. J. Mark, D. Petter, K. Aikawa, L. Chomaz, Z. Cai, P. Zoller, F. Ferlaino, Science, 352, 201 (2016)

  6. Noise-Driven Universal Dynamics towards an Infinite Temperature State Jie Ren, Qiaoyi Li, Wei li, Zi Cai and Xiaoqun Wang  Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 130602 (2020)

  7. Imaginary time crystal of thermal quantum matter,  Zi CaiYizhen Huang and W. Vincent LiuChin.Phys. Lett. (Express Lett)37, 050503 (2020)

  8. Pattern formation and exotic order in driven-dissipative Bose-Hubbard systems,  Zijian WangCarlos Navarrete-Benlloch and Zi Cai, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 115301 (2020)

  9. Dynamical Transitions and Critical Behavior between Discrete Time Crystal Phases, Xiaoqin Yang and Zi Cai, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 020602 (2021)

  10. Symmetry protected topological edge modes and emergent partial time reversal symmetry breaking in open quantum many-body systems, Zijian WangQiaoyi LiWei Li and Zi Cai, Phys. Rev. Lett. 126, 237201 (2021)

  11. 1/3 Power-Law Universality Class out of Stochastic Driving in Interacting Systems, Zi Cai, Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 050601 (2022)

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