Research Interests:

Many Particle Systems

I am interested in understanding various properties of interacting many-particle systems, especially driven away from equilibrium. Particular topics include representation of quantum dynamics through classical trajectories: theory and applications, understanding non-equilibrium thermodynamics from microscopics, universal aspects of dissipation for nearly adiabatic evolution, dynamics near phase transitions. My research is closely tied to experiments in cold atom systems.

Selected Publications:

“Minimizing irreversible losses in quantum systems by local counter-diabatic driving”, D. Sels, A. Polkovnikov, PNAS, 114, 20 (2017)

“From Quantum Chaos and Eigenstate Thermalization to Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics”, L D’Alessio, Y. Kafri, A. Polkovnikov, M. RIgol, Adv. in Phys. 65, 239 (2016)

“Dynamical Quantum Phase Transitions in the Transverse Field Ising Model”, M. Heyl, A. Polkovnikov, S. Kehrein, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 135704 (2013).

“Colloquium: Nonequilibrium dynamics of closed interacting quantum systems,” A. Polkovnikov, K. Sengupta, A. Silva, M. Vengalattore, Rev. Mod. Phys. 83, 863 (2011)

“Phase space representation of quantum dynamics”, A. Polkovnikov, Annals of Physics, 325, 1790 (2010)

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

Selected papers:

  • 10/17/05 Universal adiabatic dynamics across a quantum critical point


  • Sloan Research Fellow
  • US AFOSR Young Investigator Program Award (2006-2009)