Hello, my name is Rahul Sahay. I am a rising senior at the University of California, Berkeley (due to graduate in May 2021) majoring in Physics and Pure Mathematics!
I am currently working with Prof. Norman Y. Yao on questions surrounding non-equilibrium phase transitions and the investigation of critical phenomena via nanoscale defects. A more detailed description of my research activities can be found here. A list of all my arXiv pre-prints can be found here. Broadly, I am interested in physics at the interface of condensed matter theory, quantum information theory, and AMO experiment. Furthermore, I am curious to explore how questions at this interface can be explored via the holographic duality.
My research for the last three semesters (Spring 2019 - Spring 2020) has been generously supported by the Berkeley Physics Undergraduate Research Scholarship (BPURS).
I was one of 64 students awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Physics and Astronomy in 2020 for showing "exceptional promise in becoming this Nation's next generation of research leaders."
For Summer 2020, my research will be supported by Berkeley's generous Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
*Check out my recent paper on emergent ergodicity at transitions between MBL Phases here.
Within UC Berkeley's Physics department, I am currently the President of the Society of Physics Students for the Fall 2020 - Spring 2021 academic year. I have also previously held the position of Vice President and the position of Outreach Coordinator. During my time at SPS, I have worked on the several projects which can be found by clicking here.
In addition to SPS, I have also done other outreach/service activities. I have taught two courses for Splash at Berkeley on Quantum Information (Spring 2019) and the Symmetry Breaking Theory of Phase Transitions (Fall 2019). At the end of Summer 2019, I also taught at Sigma Camp: an advanced math and science camp for kids. There, I taught Probability Theory and gave a guest lecture on Phase Transitions and the Higgs Boson. Lastly, I am an avid guitar player and have played music for the elderly through Cal Community Music for the last two years.
Department of Physics
University of California, Berkeley
94720-3840 Berkeley, CA, USA
rsahay (at) berkeley (dot) edu