Shinsei Ryu

Shinsei Ryu
Shinsei Ryu

Primary Research Area

  • Condensed Matter Physics
Adjunct Professor
Professor of Physics, Princeton University, NJ

For More Information


  • July 2005, Ph.D., Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.
  • March 2002, M.S., Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.
  • March 2000, B.S. in Physics, Department of Physics, University of Tokyo.


Research Statement:

I am broadly interested in theoretical condensed matter physics, in particular, quantum mechanical aspects of condensed matter systems in the areas of nanoscale physics and strongly correlated systems, as seen in the transport and entanglement of electrons. As electronic devices become smaller and smaller, quantum effects have a greater influence on their electronic properties. At the same time, we are seeking to exploit quantum effects to enable quantum computation and quantum communication in next-generation electronics, as these quantum effects are much more powerful than classical alternatives. The target systems so far include quantum nanowires, the quantum Hall effect, unconventional superconductors, carbon-related systems such as carbon nanotube and graphene, and more recently, topological insulators and topological superconductors. At Illinois, I am planning to work further on topological phenomena in condensed matter physics, with more emphasis on strong electron correlations, in particular, a search for new topological superconductors in unconventional superconducting systems.


B. S., Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2000

M.S., Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2002

Ph.D, Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2005

Academic Positions

  • August 2008- August 2011, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2005- August 2008, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • 2004-2005, Research Associate, Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Apoorv Tiwari, Xiao Chen, Titus Neupert, Luiz Santos, Shinsei Ryu, Claudio Chamon, Christopher Mudry, Topological BF theory of the quantum hydrodynamics of incompressible polar fluids, Phys. Rev. B 90, 235118 (2014); arXiv:1408.5417.
  • Po-Yao Chang, Shunji Matsuura, Andreas P. Schnyder, Shinsei Ryu, Majorana vortex-bound states in three-dimensional noncentrosymmetric superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 90, 174504 (2014); arXiv:1406.0232.
  • Chang-Tse Hsieh, Takahiro Morimoto, Shinsei Ryu, CPT theorem and classification of topological insulators and superconductors, Phys. Rev. B 90, 245111 (2014); arXiv:1406.0307.
  • Chang-Tse Hsieh, Olabode Mayodele Sule, Gil Young Cho, Shinsei Ryu, and Robert G. Leigh, Symmetry-protected Topological Phases, Generalized Laughlin Argument and Orientifolds, Phys. Rev. B 90, 165134 (2014); arXiv:1403.6902.
  • Po-Yao Chang, Christopher Mudry, and Shinsei Ryu, Symmetry-protected entangling boundary zero modes in crystalline topological insulators, J. Stat. Mech. P09014 (2014); arXiv:1403.6176.
  • Conflicting Symmetries in Topologically Ordered Surface States of Three-dimensional Bosonic Symmetry Protected Topological Phases Gil Young Cho, Jeffrey C. Teo, Shinsei Ryu, submitted to Phys. Rev. B
  • Rudro R. Biswas and Shinsei Ryu, Diffusive transport in Weyl semimetals, Phys. Rev. B 89, 014205 (2014).  

Research Honors

  • 2014, A.P. Sloan fellowship
  • 2013 28th Nishinomiya-Yukawa Memorial Prize
  • 2012, 7th Condensed Matter Science Prize
  • 2002-2003, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow.
  • March 2001, Tanaka Shoji Prize (Masters' thesis prize), Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo.

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 561 - Condensed Matter Physics II