Professor of Physics

HONG LIU, Associate Professor of Physics

Name: Hong Liu

Title(s): Professor of Physics

Email: hong_liu@mit.edu

Phone: (617) 253-4853

Assistant: Joyce Berggren (617) 253-4827


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 6-313
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Area of Physics

Theoretical Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Interests

Hong Liu has long been interested in issues in quantum gravity, such as the quantum nature of black holes and the Big Bang singularity, using the framework of string theory. During the last decade, his interests also branched into understanding dynamics of exotic quantum matter, including the quark-gluon plasma and strongly correlated electron systems.  His current research lies at the interface between these subjects, enabled by the discovery of holographic duality, under which certain quantum matter systems are mathematically equivalent to quantum gravities in one dimension higher. His goal is to develop a multi-pronged approach, by bringing together insights from string theory/gravity, nuclear physics, and condensed matter physics, to tackle questions which the traditional methods within each discipline have proved inadequate to address.

Biographical Sketch

Hong Liu received his B.S. in 1993 from the University of Science and Technology of China and his Ph.D. in 1997 from Case Western Reserve University.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College  and New High Energy Theory Center of Rutgers University, before joining  the faculty at MIT in 2003. He was an Alfred Sloan Fellow, an Outstanding Junior Investigator of the Department of Energy, and a Simons Fellow.

Selected Publications

  • "Gauge/String Duality, Hot QCD and Heavy Ion Collisions," J. Casalderrey-Solana,  Hong Liu, D. Mateos, K. Rajagopal, and U. Wiedemann, Cambridge University Press, 2014. Part of it appeared in arXiv:1101.0618.
  • "Entanglement Tsunami: Universal Scaling in Holographic Thermalization," Hong Liu and S. Josephine Suh,  Phys. Rev. Lett. 112 (2014) 011601,  arXiv:1305.7244. 
  • "Holographic Vortex Liquids and Superfluid Turbulence," Paul Chesler, Hong Liu and Allan Adams, Science 341 (2013) 368-372, arXiv:1212.0281.
  • "A Refinement of entanglement entropy and the number of degrees of freedom," Hong Liu and Mark Mezei,  JHEP 1304 (2013) 162,  arXiv:1202.2070.
  • "Lectures on holographic non-Fermi liquids and quantum phase transitions," Nabil Iqbal, Hong Liu and Mark Mezei, TASI 2010 lectures, arXiv:1110.3814.
  • "Strange metal transport realized by gauge/gravity duality," Thomas Faulkner, Nabil Iqbal, Hong Liu, John McGreevy, and David Vegh, Science 329 (2010) 1043-1047, arXiv:1003.1728.

Last updated on July 21, 2014 10:07 AM