Professor Yu-Min Zhao received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1995 from Nanjing University. After that, he stayed in the Physics School at Southeast University till 2004. From January 1998 to 2004, he had Science and Technology Agent (STA) fellow and Collaborating Researcher at RIKEN (Japan), Japanese Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellow at Saitama University (Japan), and visiting scientist at the Bartol Research Institute, University Delaware (USA). He has been a distinguished professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2013.
He serves as a member of the Chinese Nuclear Physics Society since 2010, vice president of the Chinese Electrodynamics Association since 2022. He also serves as editor for a few journals including the Nuclear Physics Review, Nuclear Technology (in Chinese), Reviews in Physics, Journal of the Korean Physical Society.
The main research topics:
(1) Many-body systems interacting by random interactions: There are various very robust features and behaviors in common exhibited by quantum many-body systems, some of them might be not given by the details of the systems. We wish to understand those simplicities from the complexities of many-body systems.
(2) Nucleon pair approximation of the shell model: Atomic nuclei are most complicated systems, therefore one has to resort to theoretical models towards understanding nuclear structure. The shell model is the standard model for low-lying states, yet one has to further truncate the gigantic configuration space for most cases of medium and heavy nuclei. Nucleon pair approximation is one of efficient approaches of the truncation.
(3) Systematics of nuclear observables: The simplicities of complex nuclei leave us a number of short-cuts to understand and to predict various observables from simple perspectives. There have been numerous efforts along this line, because detailed knowledge about atomic nuclei is, and will be in foreseeable future, quite limited.
(4) Mathematical structure of the nuclear shell model: The nuclear shell model is a theoretical model of valence particles in given configuration space. The Hamiltonian respects a number of fundamental symmetries, therefore various couplings and recouplings are common practices in the shell model, and some of the tricks in those practices are very interesting.
I published more than 120 articles in Physical Review C and Physical Review Letters (till 2023), see
I published a textbook of Electrodynamics in the Science Press of China (1st edition in 2016, 2nd edition in 2021).
Electrodynamics since 2005; Nuclear Theory since 2007.
I have been devoting to a very fat lecture note (more than 1100 pages now ... ..., with various detailed stuffs that I know, deeply or shallowly) of nuclear theory, and wish to publish this note as a book before my retirement in 2037.