- Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania (2018-)
- Elliman Faculty Fellow, Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology, University of Pennsylvania (2018-)
- Postdoctoral Associate, jointly between MIT and Technion (2014-2017)
- Ph.D. Physics, MIT (2014)
- B.S. Mathematics & Physics, Tsinghua University (2008)
Honors & Awards:
- ECASE award from ARO (2019)
- Kaufman New Investigator Grant (2018)
- Air Force Young Investigator Award (2018)
- MIT, Presidential Fellowship (2008)
- Tsinghua University, National Scholarships (2005 – 2007)
- Tsinghua University, Outstanding Freshman Scholarship (2004)
My research focuses on using tools in experimental nano-photonics to attack problems in condensed matter physics and quantum electrodynamics, with an eye on their practical applications. A few current interests of mine include topological photonics, non-Hermitian physics, polaritonics, and photonic integrated circuits.
Phys 151: Principles of physics II
Phys 361: Intermediate electromagnetism
"Observation of topologically enabled unidirectional guided resonances", X. Yin, J. Jin, M. Soljacic, C. Peng, B. Zhen, Nature 580, 467 (2020).
"Quadrupole topological photonic crystals", L. He, Z. Addison, E. Mele, B. Zhen, Nature Communications 11, 3119 (2020).
“Topologically enabled ultra-high-Q guided resonances robust to out-of-plane scattering“, J. Jin, X. Yin, L. Ni, M. Soljacic, B. Zhen, C. Peng, Nature 574, 501-504 (2019).
“Floquet Chern insulators of light“, L. He, Z. Addison, J. Jin, E. Mele, S. Johnson, B. Zhen, Nature Communications 10, 4194 (2019).
“Synthesis and observation of non-Abelian gauge fields in real space“, Y. Yang, C. Peng, D. Zhu, H. Buljan, J.D. Joannopoulos, B. Zhen, M. Soljacic, Science 365, 6457, 1021-1025 (2019).
- "Exceptional surfaces in PT-symmetric non-Hermitian systems" H. Zhou, J. Lee, S. Liu, and B. Zhen, Optica 6, 2, 190 (2019).
- "Observation of bulk Fermi arc and polarization half charge from paired exceptional points" H. Zhou, C. Peng, Y. Yoon, C. W. Hsu, K. A. Nelson, L. Fu, J. D. Joannopoulos, M. Soljačić, and B. Zhen, Science 359, 1009 (2018).
- “Direct imaging of isofrequency contours in photonic structures” E. C. Regan*, Y. Igarashi*, B. Zhen*, I. Kaminer, C. W. Hsu, Y. Shen, J. D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Science Advances, 2, 1601591 (2016).
- “Bound states in the continuum” C.W. Hsu*, B. Zhen*, A.D. Stone, J.D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Nature Review Material, 1, 16048 (2016).
- “Spawning Rings of Exceptional Points out of Dirac Cones”, B. Zhen*, C.W. Hsu*, Y. Igarashi*, L. Ling, I. Kaminer, A. Pick, S.-L. Chua, J. D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Nature, 525, 354, (2015).
- “Topological nature of optical bound states in the continuum” B. Zhen*, C. W. Hsu*, L. Ling, A. D. Stone, and M. Soljačić, Physical Review Letters 113, 257401 (2014).
- “Observation of Trapped Light within the Radiation Continuum” C. W. Hsu*, B. Zhen*, J. Lee, S.-L. Chua, S. G. Johnson, J. D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Nature 499 (7457), 188-191 (2013)
- “Observation and Differentiation of Unique High-Q Optical Resonances Near Zero Wave Vector in Macroscopic Photonic Crystal Slabs.” J. Lee*, B. Zhen*, S.-L. Chua*, W. Qiu, J. D. Joannopoulos, M. Soljačić, and O. Shapira, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(6), 067401 (2012)
* denotes equal contribution