David Pekker

Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D., Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007
Summary:

My research focuses on describing and controlling dynamics of quantum many-body systems. My goal is to address some of the fundamental problems of ultracold atom and condensed matter physics:
  1. What are the generic alternatives to thermalization?
  2. Interplay of pseudo gauge-fields, topology and dynamics
  3. Dynamics of mesoscopic systems and (with and without non-Abelian excitations)

Addressing these fundamental physics questions will have important implications for: (1) understanding the limitations and alternatives to thermodynamics, (2) generating non-Abelian excitations in static ultracold atom systems and building photonic crystals with broken time-reversal symmetry, (3) control over non-Abelian excitations will be useful for building quantum memory and quantum computers.

Students
Namesort descending Position Email
Gao, Fan Graduate Student fag16@pitt.edu
Sun, Xiaowu Graduate Student xis42@pitt.edu
Tian, Binbin Graduate Student bit3tbb@gmail.com

Fan Gao

Graduate Student

fag16@pitt.edu
3941 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15260

Affiliation:

Physics
University of Pittsburgh

Xiaowu Sun

Graduate Student

xis42@pitt.edu
3941 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15260

Affiliation:

Physics
University of Pittsburgh

Binbin Tian

Graduate Student

bit3tbb@gmail.com
3941 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA, 15260

Affiliation:

Physics
University of Pittsburgh
Most Cited Publications
  1. "Majorana Fermions in Equilibrium and in Driven Cold-Atom Quantum Wires," Liang Jiang, Takuya Kitagawa, Jason Alicea, A. R. Akhmerov, David Pekker, Gil Refael, J. Ignacio Cirac, Eugene Demler, Mikhail D. Lukin, and Peter Zoller, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 220402 (2011)
  2. "The ‘Higgs’ amplitude mode at the two-dimensional superfluid/Mott insulator transition," Manuel Endres, Takeshi Fukuhara, David Pekker, Marc Cheneau, Peter Schauβ, Christian Gross, Eugene Demler, Stefan Kuhr & Immanuel Bloch, Nature 487, 454 (2012)
  3. "Observation of Elastic Doublon Decay in the Fermi-Hubbard Model," Niels Strohmaier, Daniel Greif, Robert Jördens, Leticia Tarruell, Henning Moritz, Tilman Esslinger, Rajdeep Sensarma, David Pekker, Ehud Altman, and Eugene Demler, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 080401 (2010)
  4. "Hilbert-Glass Transition: New Universality of Temperature-Tuned Many-Body Dynamical Quantum Criticality," David Pekker, Gil Refael, Ehud Altman, Eugene Demler, and Vadim Oganesyan, Phys. Rev. X 4, 011052 (2014)
  5. "Quantum Interference Device Made by DNA Templating of Superconducting Nanowires," David S. Hopkins, David Pekker, Paul M. Goldbart, Alexey Bezryadin, Science 308, 1762 (2005)
Recent Publications
  1. "Resonant two-site tunnelling dynamics of bosons in a tilted optical superlattice." Buyskikh, Anton S., Luca Tagliacozzo, Dirk Schuricht, Chris A. Hooley, David Pekker, and Andrew J. Daley. arXiv preprint arXiv:1811.06998 (2018).
  2. "Spin-models, dynamics and criticality with atoms in tilted optical superlattices." Buyskikh, Anton S., Luca Tagliacozzo, Dirk Schuricht, Chris A. Hooley, David Pekker, and Andrew J. Daley. arXiv preprint arXiv:1811.06995 (2018).
  3. "Emergent mode and bound states in single-component one-dimensional lattice fermionic systems." He, Yuchi, Binbin Tian, David Pekker, and Roger SK Mong. arXiv preprint arXiv:1811.06066 (2018).
  4. "Single-photon heralded 2-qubit unitary gates for pairs of nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond." Liu, Chenxu, MV Gurudev Dutt, and David Pekker. American Physical Society (2018)
  5. "Andreev Blockade in a Double Quantum Dot with a Superconducting Lead." Pekker, David, and Sergey M. Frolov. arXiv preprint arXiv:1810.05112 (2018).

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