My research seeks to develop a theoretical framework for describing the physics of novel quantum many particle systems by combining phenomenological modeling of experiments with abstract theoretical ideas and methods. I am specifically interested in understanding phases and phase transitions of quantum matter that challenge our current paradigms. Examples include non-Fermi liquid metals, quantum spin liquids, and non-Landau quantum criticality.
I joined MIT in January 2001 as an Assistant Professor of Physics. Before that, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, CA. My graduate degree is from Yale University, and my undergraduate degree is from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.
MIT’s Senthil Todadri and Xiao-Gang Wen will study highly entangled quantum matter in a collaboration supported by the Simons Foundation.
Awards & Honors
- 2015 // Subrahmanyam Chandrasekhar Lecturer, International Center for Theoretical Sciences
- 2013 // Fellow, American Physical Society
- 2013-18 // Simons Investigator Award
- 2012-13 // Simons Theoretical Physics Fellowship
- 2011-14 // Distinguished Visiting Research Chair, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada
- 2011 // Kavli Frontiers Fellow, Kavli Foundation
- 2009 // Outstanding Young Physicist Award from the American chapter of the Indian Physics Association
- 2005 // Outstanding Investigator Award from the Science Research Council of the Department of Atomic Energy, India
- 2003 // Research Innovation Award from The Research Corporation
- 2002 // NEC Corporate Fund Award from the MIT Research Support Committee
- 2002 // Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Nearly Flat Chern Bands in Moiré Superlattices, Ya-Hui Zhang, Dan Mao, Yuan Cao, Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, T. Senthil, Phys. Rev. B 99, 075127 (2019).
Deconfined Quantum Critical Points: Symmetries and Dualities, Chong Wang, Adam Nahum, Max A. Metlitski, Cenke Xu, and T. Senthil, Phys. Rev. X 7, 031051 (2017).
Classification of interacting electronic topological insulators in three dimensions, C. Wang, A. Potter, and T. Senthil, Science 343, 6171 (2014).