RESEARCH

Statistical Physics

Statistical physics is a branch of physics based on probability and statistical theories, and particularly mathematical and computational tools for dealing with many-body interacting systems. It can tackle a wide variety of fields, including those of physics, biology, chemistry, neurology, and even social sciences, such as economy and human behavior. Its main purpose is to clarify the collective properties of matter in aggregate, in terms of physical concepts, methods and laws.

Prof. Bo Zheng

My research interest is in computational physics, statistical physics, soft condensed matter physics and complex dynamic systems. Since 1994, my research has focused on physical systems far from equilibrium. With Monte Carlo methods and molecular dynamics simulations, we have systematically studied critical dynamics far from equilibrium. Applications extend to disordered and frustrated systems, domain-wall and skyrmion motion, as well as quantum spin systems. Recent research includes econophysics and relevant interdisciplines based on big data.

Prof. Dafang Zheng

My current interests are mainly the interdisciplinary problems in Statistical Physics, including Complex Networks, Cooperative phenomena, and Econophysics. We focus on the topological properties and functions of networks, and explore some dynamical processes taking on networks. For Econophysics, we aim to propose and study some simple agent-based models of financial markets.

Prof. Hong Zhang

My research interest is in Biological physics, Statistical physics, Soft matter, Complex systems, Nonlinear dynamics, Mathematical physics. Since 2000, my research has focused on spiral waves. Spiral waves are one of the most striking spatiotemporal patterns existing in diverse physical, chemical, and biological systems. They have been observed in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction, in primate cerebral cortex, during the aggregations of Dictyostelium discoideum amoebae, and in the cardiac tissue. Due to the close relevance to cardiac diseases such as tachycardia and fibrillation, such kinds of patterns have raised broad interests.

Prof. He-Ping Ying

My interests include Monte Carlo studies on the quantum phase transitions for the quantum spin systems, such as quantum anti-ferromagnetic Heisenberg models in the low dimensions; the dynamical Monte Carlo simulations for spin systems near the critical regions in short-times scales, and the analytical/numerical studies on the non-linear dynamical problems for control of spiral waves.

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