Milestones in Shoucheng’s research 

1963   Shoucheng was born in Shanghai, China

1978   Admitted to Fudan University

1980  Began studying at Free University of Berlin

1983  Graduated from Free University of Berlin

           Started Ph.D. at Stony Brook University

1986  Started working on condensed matter physics

1987  Received Ph.D. and started postdoc at ITP, UC Santa Barbara

           Chern-Simons theory of fractional quantum Hall states

1989  Started at IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose

           Global phase diagram of fractional quantum Hall states

1993  Joined the faculty of Stanford University

1997  Proposed the SO(5) theory of high Tc superconductors

2001  Generalized quantum Hall effect to 4 dimensions

2003  Proposed the intrinsic spin Hall effect

2004 to 2005  Early models of quantum spin Hall effect

2006  Predicted the quantum spin Hall effect in HgTe

2007  Quantum spin Hall effect realized in HgTe

2008  Topological magneto-electric effect

           Prediction and realization of Bi2Te3 family of topological insulators

2009  Prediction of new topological superconductors

2010  Prediction of quantum anomalous Hall effect

2013  Quantum anomalous Hall effect realized

2017  Experimental evidence of chiral topological superconductor

2018  Founded the Stanford Center for Topological Quantum Physics

Selected scientific works

  1. Bachelor Thesis, Free University of Berlin (1983) [pdf]
  2. Ph.D. Thesis, The State University of New York at Stony Brook (1987) [pdf]
  3. Zhang, S. C., Hanson, T. H., & Kivelson, S. (1989). Effective-field-theory model for the fractional quantum Hall effect. Phys. Rev. Lett., 62, 82-85. [pdf]
  4. Bernevig, B. A., Hughes, T. L., & Zhang, S. C. (2006). Quantum spin Hall effect and topological phase transition in HgTe quantum wells. Science, 314(5806), 1757-1761. [pdf]
  5. König, M., Wiedmann, S., Brüne, C., Roth, A., Buhmann, H., Molenkamp, L. W., Qi, X. L., & Zhang, S. C. (2007). Quantum spin Hall insulator state in HgTe quantum wells. Science, 318(5851), 766-770. [pdf]
  6. Zhang, H., Liu, C. X., Qi, X. L., Dai, X., Fang, Z., & Zhang, S. C. (2009). Topological insulators in Bi2Se3, Bi2Te3 and Sb2Te3 with a single Dirac cone on the surface. Nature Physics, 5(6), 438-442. [pdf]
  7. Yu, R., Zhang, W., Zhang, H. J., Zhang, S. C., Dai, X., & Fang, Z. (2010). Quantized anomalous Hall effect in magnetic topological insulators. Science, 329(5987), 61-64. [pdf]