I am a condensed matter theorist working on strongly correlated quantum systems, with a focus on the interplay of strong interactions and quantum entanglement, leading to new emergent phenomena both in thermal equilibrium and in non-equilibrium quantum systems. Some of my recent research interests include: thermalization, quantum hydrodynamics, non-equilibrium steady states, quantum entanglement, tensor networks, many-body localization, disordered systems, driven quantum systems,  topological phases of matter and topological phase transitions.

For more details, please have a look at my research interests and publications. If you are interested in working with me, see my contact information below.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National laboratory (2013-2017), working in the Condensed Matter Theory Center at the University of California, Berkeley in Joel Moore’s group.  I obtained my PhD at IPhT (CEA, Saclay) and LPTENS (ENS, Paris) under the supervision of Hubert Saleur and Jesper Jacobsen.

KITP program: Applications are now being accepted for a Summer/Fall 2018 KITP program on the Dynamics of Quantum Information, coordinated by Rahul Nandkishore (CU Boulder), Sid Parameswaran (Oxford), Brian Swingle (UMD) and myself. Please apply if you’re interested!


Contact info:

Department of Physics, Hasbrouck Laboratory
University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA 01003-9337 USA
Office: 101 Hasbrouck
email: rvasseur [at] umass [dot] edu

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