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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

  • NSF CAREER award, 2019
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, 2017
  • 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

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, 2021 – Present
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University, 2015 – 2021
  • IQIM Postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2012 – 2014
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, 2011
  • Research Assistant, James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, 2006 – 2011

Selected Publications

Quantum gas, many-body physics and quantum simulations

  • C.-A. Chen, S. Khlebnikov, and C.-L. Hung, “Observation of quasiparticle pair-production and quantum entanglement in atomic quantum gases quenched to an attractive interaction”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 060404 (2021).
  • C.-A. Chen and C.-L. Hung, “Observation of scale invariance in two-dimensional matter-wave Townes solitons”, Phys. Rev. Lett127, 023604 (2021).
  • C.-A. Chen and C.-L. Hung, “Observation of universal quench dynamics and Townes soliton formation from modulational instability in two-dimensional Bose gases”, Phys. Rev. Lett125, 250401 (2020).

Quantum optics and atom-nanophotonic hybrid systems

  • Zhu, Y.-C. Wei, and C.-L. Hung, “Resonator-assisted single-molecule quantum state detection”, Phys. Rev. A 102, 023716 (2020). Editor’s suggestion.
  • T.-H. Chang, Xinchao Zhou, Brian Fields, and C.-L. Hung, “Efficiently coupled microring circuit for on-chip cavity QED with trapped atoms”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 117, 174001 (2020) Invited paper for a special topic “Hybrid Quantum Devices”.
  • T.-H. Chang, B. M. Fields, M. E. Kim and C.-L. Hung, “Microring resonators on a suspended membrane circuit for atom–light interactions”, Optica 6, 1203-1210 (2019).
  • M. E. Kim, T.-H. Chang, B. M. Fields, C.-A. Chen and C.-L. Hung,“Trapping single atoms on a nanophotonic circuit with configurable tweezer lattices”, Nature communications 10, 1647 (2019).
  • E. Chang, J. S. Douglas, A. González-Tudela, C.-L. Hung, H. J. Kimble,“Colloquium: Quantum matter built from nanoscopic lattices of atoms and photons”, Rev. Mod. Phys. 90 (3), 031002 (2018).
  • Perez-Rios, May E. Kim and C.-L. Hung, “Ultracold molecule assembly with photonic crystals”, New J. Phys. 19, 123035 (2017).
  • C.-L. Hung, A. González-Tudela, I. Cirac and H. J. Kimble, “Quantum spin dynamics with pairwise-tunable, long-range interactions”, PNAS 113, E4946-E4955 (2016).

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).

Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021 10:57 AM

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