Chen-Lung Hung

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Chen-Lung Hung
PHYS 266
(765) 496-0419

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Ph.D. Physics, The University of Chicago, USA, 2011
B.S. Physics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • Institute for Quantum Information and Matter Postdoctoral Fellowship, Caltech, 2012-2014
  • Finalist, APS outstanding doctoral thesis research in AMO physics, 2012
  • The William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Chicago, 2009-2010

Research Interests

I am interested in using tabletop atomic, molecular and optical (AMO) systems to engineer novel quantum materials and study intriguing phenomena discussed across disciplines, from condensed matter to cosmology. To address topics over such a wide range, we exploit physics governed by universality, with which a cold cloud of dilute gases, for example, can behave similarly as an exotic quantum material in solid states or even as a cosmic fluid in the early universe. AMO systems allow us to apply quantum control and measurements with great precision, offering a clean designer platform to explore fundamental issues in quantum mechanics, field theory, and statistical physics.

My lab will utilize the extreme tunability and addressability of atomic quantum gases to study challenging questions including emergent phenomena and non-equilibrium dynamics in many-body systems with strong correlations. Further lines of research include building hybrid atom-nanophotonic quantum devices, and exploring new avenues of topological quantum materials using strongly interacting light and matter. 

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, Jan 2015 –Present
  • IQIM Postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, Dec 2011–Dec 2014
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Sep–Oct 2011
  • Research Assistant, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Jan 2006–Aug 2011
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Feb-Jun 2005

Selected Publications

Quantum gas, many-body physics and quantum simulations

Chen-Lung Hung, Victor Gurarie and Chen Chin, Science 341, 1213 (2013). Selected for a Science Perspective

Xibo Zhang, Chen-Lung Hung, Shih-Kuang Tung and Cheng Chin, Science 335 , 1070 (2012)

Chen-Lung Hung, Xibo Zhang, Nathan Gemelke and Cheng Chin, Nature 470 , 239 (2011)

Nathan Gemelke, Xibo Zhang, Chen.-Lung Hung and Cheng Chin,  Nature 460, 995 (2009).

Quantum optics and atom-nanophotonic hybrid systems

Chen-Lung Hung, Sean M. Meenehan, Darrick E. Chang, Oskar Painter and H. J. Kimble New J. Phys. 15  083026 (2013).

A. Goban*, C.-L. Hung*, S.-P. Yu*, J. D. Hood*, J. A. Muniz*, J. H. Lee, M. J. Martin, A. C. McClung, K. S. Choi, D. E. Chang, O. Painter and H. J. Kimble Nature Comm. 5, 3808 (2014).

A. González-Tudela, C.-L. Hung , D. E. Chang, I. Cirac and H. J. Kimble. arXiv:1407.7336 (2014).

Full publication list

Book Chapter

In situ imaging of atomic quantum gases, Chen-Lung Hung and Cheng Chin, invited book chapter in Quantum gas experiments - exploring many-body states, edited by P. Törmä and K. Sengstock (Imperial College Press, London).

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