Shiwei Zhang

Chancellor Professor of Physics
College of William & Mary

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Senior Research Scientist/Group Leader
Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ)
Flatiron Institute

B.Sc. in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 1988
Ph.D. in Physics, Cornell University, 1993.

Short bio


Department of Physics
College of William and Mary
Williamsburg, VA 23187, USA
Email: (user=shiwei)
Phone: (757) 221-1644
Fax: (757) 221-3540
Office: 158 Small Hall

campus map with Small Hall marked (pdf); directions to Small Hall, and more maps

Flatiron contact:
Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ)
Flatiron Institute
162 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010, USA
Email: (user=szhang)
Phone: (646) 876-5916


My group's research centers on fundamentally advancing our computational capabilities in order to solve significant problems in condensed matter and materials physics, quantum chemistry, and the physics of ultracold atoms. We have pioneered some of the methodological advances in the simulation of interacting many-electron systems. With them and with the availability of petascale computing platforms, quantum simulations present tremendous opportunities. We work on a broad range of problems, including both materials-specific first-principles electronic structure calculations and lattice model simulations of strongly correlated systems and novel phases of matter.

Here are some of our publications that are on the e-print archive.

A (somewhat outdated) pedagogical article on quantum Monte Carlo, focusing on auxiliary-field methods: "Quantum Monte Carlo Methods for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems" (pdf file, 36 pages), chapter in Theoretical Methods for Strongly Correlated Electron Systems, Eds. D.Senechal and A.-M. Tremblay (Springer-Verlag, 2003).

A (more recent) pedagogical article: "Auxiliary-Field Quantum Monte Carlo for Correlated Electron Systems", chapter in the OpenAccess book Emergent Phenomena in Correlated Matter: Modeling and Simulation, Vol. 3, Eds. Eva Pavarini, Erik Koch, and Ulrich Schollwöck (2013).

CPMC-Lab: A Matlab Package for Constrained Path Monte Carlo Calculations

Research group at W&M: (We are a part of the W&M computational materials physics group)

Research support:


The 25th Annual Workshop on Recent Developments in Electronic Structure Theory (ES2013): held in Williamsburg on June 11-14, 2013.


Current and recent courses are all on "Blackboard". Websites for some of the older courses that I have taught:

Created by: Shiwei Zhang [Feb. 1997]