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Minnich Lab

1200 E. California Blvd, M.C. 104-44

Pasadena, CA 91125

Welcome to the

Minnich Group

Our research group studies many-body physics primarily using theory and numerics, with a particular focus on non-equilibrium processes such as transport and quantum dynamics.

Group News

Latest publications

Erika publishes paper on thermal transport in super-lattices. Feb. 5, 2019


Andrew successfully defends his thesis! Congratulations Dr. Robbins! 

Jan. 11, 2019

Adrian and Erika contribute to analysis of an imaginary time evolution algorithm for quantum computers. Jan. 30, 2019

Nate successfully defends his thesis!

Congratulations Dr. Thomas!

Jan. 24, 2019

Nina publishes paper on anharmonic localization in PbSe. May. 13, 2019

Jaeyun publishes paper on vibrational properties of glasses. Jun. 13, 2019

Nate publishes paper on near field radiation in graphene heterostructures. May. 29, 2019

Nachi passes candidacy. Congratulations!

Jun. 4, 2019

Tomi and Benjamin join the group. Welcome to our newest members!

July 4, 2019

Austin receives the Presidential Early Career Award. Congratulations!

July 8, 2019



Transport phenomena

The microscopic transport processes governing charge and heat flow in solids have only recently become accessible to first-principles numerical tools. Our research focuses on advancing these ab-initio methods to describe the mean and fluctuational transport properties of solids beyond the perturbative regime. Read more here.

Ab-initio condensed matter physics

​Condensed phase ab-initio methods have been remarkably accurate in describing diverse properties of solids but have known deficiencies for certain properties and material classes. We aim to adapt methods from the quantum chemistry community to periodic solids and thereby overcome these limitations, providing a route to accurately describe excited states, non-adiabatic couplings, and related properties of correlated materials. Read more here.

Quantum dynamics

Many-body quantum dynamics underlies some of the most physically rich processes in nature but remains extremely challenging to simulate with classical computers. Our research focuses on identifying physically relevant problems that may be suitable for near-term quantum computers and delineating the classical-quantum boundary. Read more here.


Principal Investigator

Austin J. Minnich

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Physics

Professional Preparation

BS University of California Berkeley, 2006

MS Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008

PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 


Professor, California Institute of Technology, 2017-Present

Assistant Professor, California Institute of Technology, 2011-2017

Click here for a copy of Austin's CV

Current group members

BS, University of Chicago

Research interests: Quantum simulation, quantum algorithms

Joined group: 2019
BS, University of Texas at Arlington

Research interests: Josephson physics in superfluid helium.

Joined group: 2019
BS, Georgia Tech

Research interests: Excited states in correlated solids, coupled cluster method.

Joined group: 2019
BS, National University of Singapore

Research interests:
Quantum dynamics, tensor networks.

Joined group: 2018
BS, Georgia Tech

Research interests:
Electronic fluctuations, low-noise amplifiers.

Joined group: 2018
BSE, University of Connecticut

Research interests:
Electronic fluctuations, Langevin dynamics, low-noise amplifiers.

Joined group: 2017
BS, University of Florida

Research interests:
Transport in molecular crystals from first principles.

Joined group: 2016
BS, University of Science and Technology of China

Research interests:
Excited states in correlated solids, coupled cluster method.

Joined group: 2017
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research interests:
Quantum dynamics, tensor networks.

Joined group: 2016
BS, University of Connecticut

Research interests:
Cell-free expression, synthetic cells, trans-membrane channels.

Joined group: 2016
BS, Georgia Tech

Research interests:
Phonon transport, amorphous materials.

Joined group: 2015
BS, Yonsei University

Research interests:
Phonon transport, transient grating spectroscopy.

Joined group: 2015
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APh 250/ME 201: A numerical introduction to tensor networks for quantum simulation

 Tensor networks have emerged as a powerful tool for the numerical simulation of quantum many-body systems. This course will cover the fundamentals of tensor networks and recent algorithmic developments from a numerical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on both the theoretical foundation and practical numerical implementation of a variety of 1D and 2D tensor network algorithms. For details, click here.

For previously taught courses, click here.