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Serbyn Group

Quantum Dynamics and Condensed Matter Theory

How do isolated quantum systems behave when prepared in a highly non-equilibrium state? How can such quantum systems avoid the ubiquitous relaxation to a thermal equilibrium? How can we gain novel insights into properties of quantum matter using modern nonequilibrium probes? These and other open questions in the field of quantum non-equilibrium matter are the focus of the Serbyn group.

The majority of isolated quantum systems thermalize – i.e. they reach thermal equilibrium when starting from non-equilibrium states. The first research direction of the Serbyn group is to understand mechanisms of thermalization breakdown. Many-body localized systems present one generic example of thermalization breakdown due to the presence of strong disorder. The Serbyn group is studying properties of many-body localized phase and phase transition into thermalizing phase. Kinetically constrained models present another class of systems with some signatures of thermalization breakdown. The Serbyn group is actively working on non-equilibrium properties of quantum models with constrained dynamics. A second area of interest to the Serbyn group is related to non-equilibrium probes in condensed matter systems.


Current Projects

Many-body localization | Quantum ergodicity breaking | Non-equilibrium probes of solids | Spin-orbit coupled materials


Babkin S, Higginbotham AP, Serbyn M. 2024. Proximity-induced gapless superconductivity in two-dimensional Rashba semiconductor in magnetic field. SciPost Physics. 16(5), 115. View

Sack S, Egger DJ. 2024. Large-scale quantum approximate optimization on nonplanar graphs with machine learning noise mitigation. Physical Review Research. 6(1), 013223. View

Petrova E, Tiunov ES, Bañuls MC, Fedorov AK. 2024. Fractal states of the Schwinger model. Physical Review Letters. 132(5), 050401. View

Sack S. 2023. Improving variational quantum algorithms: Innovative initialization techniques and extensions to qudit systems. Institute of Science and Technology Austria. View

Babkin S, Burmistrov I. 2023. Boundary multifractality in the spin quantum Hall symmetry class with interaction. Physical Review B. 108(20), 205429. View

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Since 2022 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2017 – 2022 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2014 – 2017 Gordon and Betty Moore Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, USA
2014 PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Selected Distinctions

2023 Lower Austrian Science Award
2019 ERC Starting Grant
2019 Ludwig Boltzmann Prize
2013 Andrew Locket III Memorial Fund Award, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009 – 2010 Praecis Presidential Graduate Fellowship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2005 – 2006 Enrico Fermi Junior Grant

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