Name: Hoi Chun “Adrian” Po
Title: Pappalardo Fellow in Physics, 2018-2021
Email: hcpo@mit.edu
Phone: 617-253-3753
Office: MIT Department of Physics
77 Massachusetts Avenue, 4-337A
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics

Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Research Interests

Hoi Chun (Adrian) Po is interested in the study of collective phenomena arising from a large number of quantum particles. He is particularly intrigued by the interplay between crystalline symmetries and quantum phases of matter, as well as how the notion of phases can be extended to non-equilibrium quantum dynamics. Po also has a broad interest outside of the conventional scope of hard condensed matter physics, and has in particular worked on problems in AMO physics.

Biographical Sketch

Po grew up in Hong Kong, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He began his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley, working with Prof. Ashvin Vishwanath, a 2001-2004 Pappalardo Fellow. Together with his advisor, Po transferred to Harvard University in 2016, where he completed his PhD in May 2018.

Selected Publications

  • Lattice homotopy constraints on phases of quantum magnets.
    Po, H. C., Watanabe H., Jian, C.-M. & Zaletel, M. P. Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 127202 (2017). [arXiv 1703.06882]
  • Symmetry-based indicators of band topology in the 230 space groups.
    Po, H. C., Vishwanath, A. & Watanabe, H. Nat. Commun. 8, 50 (2017). [arXiv 1703.00911]
  • Topological materials discovery using electron filling constraints.
    Chen, R.*, Po, H. C.*, Neaton, J. B. & Vishwanath, A. Nature Phys. 14, 55–61 (2018). [arXiv 1611.06860]
  • Chiral Floquet phases of many-body localized bosons.
    Po, H. C., Fidkowski, L., Morimoto, T., Potter, A. C. & Vishwanath, A. Phys. Rev. X 6, 041070 (2016). [arXiv 1609.00006]
  • Noise-resilient quantum evolution steered by dynamical decoupling.
    Liu, G.-Q.*, Po, H. C.*, Du, J., Liu, R.-B. & Pan, X.-Y. Nat. Commun. 4, 2254 (2013). [arXiv 1310.4120]