Skip to Content

Physics and Astronomy Profile

Profile Photo

Yao Wang

Physics and Astronomy

Assistant Professor


Educational Background

Ph.D., Applied Physics, Stanford University, 2017
B.S., Applied Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, 2011

Profile/About Me

Prof. Wang’s research interests lie in the theoretical elucidation of quantum many-body problems and their consequences in experimental measurements. These problems have rich applications in novel materials, quantum simulation, ultracold matter, and quantum computing. Before joining Clemson as an assistant professor, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Physics Department of Harvard University.

Research Interests

quantum many-body theory, quantum materials, nonequilibrium dynamics, quantum algorithms, advanced spectroscopies, high-performance computing, quantum simulations

Research Group (Lab)

Quantum Many-Body Theory Group

Courses Taught

Mathematical Methods in Theoretical Physics

Selected Publications

Yao Wang, I. Esterlis, T. Shi, J.I. Cirac, and E. Demler, Zero-Temperature Phases of the 2D Hubbard-Holstein Model: A Non-Gaussian Exact Diagonalization Study. Physical Review Research 2, 043258 (2020)

Yao Wang, Y. Chen, C. Jia, B. Moritz, and T.P. Devereaux, Time-Resolved Resonant Inelastic X-Ray Scattering in a Pumped Mott Insulator. Physical Review B, 101, 165126 (2020)

Y. Wang, M. Claassen, D. Pemmaraju, C. Jia, B. Moritz, T.P. Devereaux Theoretical Understanding of Photon Spectroscopies in Correlated Materials In and Out of Equilibrium. Nat. Rev. Mater. 3, 312 (2018)

Y. Wang, C.-C. Chen, B. Moritz, T.P. Devereaux Light-Enhanced Spin Fluctuations and d-Wave Superconductivity at a Phase Boundary. Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 246402 (2018)

Y. Wang, E.W. Huang, B. Moritz, T.P. Devereaux Magnon Splitting Induced by Charge Transfer in the Three-Orbital Hubbard Model. Phys. Rev. Lett. 120, 246401 (2018)

Y. Wang, B. Moritz, C.-C. Chen, C.J. Jia, M. van Veenendaal, T.P. Devereaux Using Nonequilibrium Dynamics to Probe Competing Orders in Mott-Peierls System. Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 086401 (2016)

Honors and Awards

2017 – 2020 MPHQ Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Science, Harvard University

2012 – 2015 Stanford Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University

2011 Guo Moruo Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China

2019 IUCr Young Scientist Award, Inelastic X-ray Scattering Conference


NetPals volunteer for underrepresented minorities in Putnam Avenue Upper School (2019)

Science judge for the Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science annual meeting (2021)