Wanzheng Hu

Email: wanzheng@bu.edu
Tel: (617) 353-4518
Metcalf Science Center (SCI), Room 208
Department of Physics, Boston University
590 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

Research Insterests

Wanzheng Hu’s research focused on light-induced far-from-equilibrium phenomena, steady-state electrodynamics of strongly correlated materials, and the discovery of unconventional superconductors.

Biographical Sketch

Wanzheng Hu joined BU Physics Department as an assistant professor in September 2017. She recieved her PhD in 2010 from Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In July 2010, she moved to Max-Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter in Hamburg, Germany, first as a postdoc and then a research scientist. In September 2017, she won European Research Council Starting Grant (ERC-StG, €1.79 million), which is one of the most prestigious grants for individuals in Europe.

Selected Publications

    • 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), Optically enhanced coherent transport in YBa2Cu3O6.5 by ultrafast redistribution of interlayer coupling Nature Materials 13,705(2014)
    • 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, Ultrafast Strain Engineering in Complex Oxide Heterostructures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 136801(2012)
    • W. Z. Hu, Q. M. Zhang, N. L. Wang, Optical and Raman spectroscopy studies on Fe-based superconductors, Physica C 469, 545(2009)
    • W. Z. Hu, J. Dong, G. Li, Z. Li, P. Zheng, G. F. Chen, J. L. Luo, and N. L. Wang, Origin of the Spin Density Wave Instability in AFe2As2 (A=Ba,Sr) as Revealed by Optical Spectroscopy, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 257005 (2008)
  • G. F. Chen, Z. Li, D. Wu, G. Li, W. Z. Hu, J. Dong, P. Zheng, J. L. Luo, and N. L. Wang, Superconductivity at 41 K and its competition with spin-density-wave instability in layered CeO1-xFxFeAs, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 247002 (2008)

Teaching

Spring 2022, PY543 Introduction to Solid State Physics
Fall 2021, PY212 General Physics 2 (Electricity and Magnetism)
Spring 2021, PY543 Introduction to Solid State Physics
Fall 2020, PY212 General Physics 2 (Electricity and Magnetism)
Fall 2019, PY212 General Physics 2 (Electricity and Magnetism)
Spring 2018, PY252 Principle of Physics 2 (Electricity and Magnetism)
Fall 2017, PY251 Principle of Physics 1 (Mechanics and Thermodynamics)

Honors and Awards

  • Department of Energy Early Career Award 2020-2025
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award 2020-2025
  • European Research Council Starting Grant 2017 (€1.79 million)