Wanzheng Hu

Wanzheng Hu

Office: SCI, Room 208. 617-353-4518


Research Interests:

Dynamical Materials Control with Light

My current research plan is to use pump-probe techniques to investigate, control and discover novel quantum phases, including 1) transient disentangling competing/coexisting orders in correlated electron systems; 2) ultrafast manipulating topological phases in Weyl semimetals; and 3) optically accessing and dynamical control low-dimensional materials. These research projects will lead to the development of new ultrafast spectroscopy techniques, and initiate a broader research program on quantum materials control.

Selected Publications:

“Optically enhanced coherent transport in YBa2Cu3O6.5 by ultrafast redistribution of interlayer coupling” W. Hu*, S. Kaiser*, D. Nicoletti*, C. R. Hunt*, I. Gierz, M. C. Hoffmann, M. Le Tacon, T. Loew, B. Keimer, and A. Cavalleri (*equal contribution) Nature Materials 13,705(2014)

“Ultrafast Strain Engineering in Complex Oxide Heterostructures” A. D. Caviglia, R. Scherwitzl, P. Popovich, W. Hu, H. Bromberger, R. Singla, M. Mitrano, M. C. Hoffmann, S. Kaiser, P. Zubko, S. Gariglio, J.-M. Triscone, M. Först, and A. Cavalleri Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 136801(2012)

“Optical and Raman spectroscopy studies on Fe-based superconductors” W. Z. Hu, Q. M. Zhang, N. L. Wang Physica C 469, 545(2009)

“Origin of the Spin Density Wave Instability in AFe2As2 (A=Ba,Sr) as Revealed by Optical Spectroscopy” W. Z. Hu, J. Dong, G. Li, Z. Li, P. Zheng, G. F. Chen, J. L. Luo, and N. L. Wang Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 257005 (2008)

“Superconductivity at 41 K and its competition with spin-density-wave instability in layered CeO1-xFxFeAs” G. F. Chen, Z. Li, D. Wu, G. Li, W. Z. Hu, J. Dong, P. Zheng, J. L. Luo, and N. L. Wang Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 247002 (2008)

For a full list of publications, please see the attached CV.


  • Ph.D. Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • B.S. Beijing University of Technology


  • European Research Council Starting Grant 2017 (€1.79 million)