Alex Kamenev

Alex Kamenev

Alex Kamenev

Director of FTPI, Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy


John T. Tate Hall
Room 275-16
116 Church Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455


William I. Fine Theoretical Physics Institute (FTPI)


Ph.D., Weizman Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, 1996 

M.Sci., Moscow State University, 1987 

Professional Background

  • Director, Fine Theoretical Physics Institute, 2019-present
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2004-2008

Conferences Organized:

  • "Advances in strongly correlated electronic systems (ASCES2019)", Minneapolis, 2019
  • “Holographic Quantum Matter”, Minneapolis, May 2018
  • "Advances in strongly correlated electronic systems (ASCES2016)", Minneapolis, 2016
  • “Symmetries and Interactions in Topological Matter”, Minneapolis, 2015
  • "Correlated Oxides and Oxide Interfaces", Minneapolis, 2014
  • "Quantum magnetism", Minneapolis, May 2008
  • "Frontiers of Condensed Matter Theory", Symposium dedicated to the memory of A.I. Larkin, Minneapolis, 2006
  • "Non-Equilibrium and Correlation Effects in Low-Dimensional Structures", Minneapolis, 2005
  • "The Correlation Effects in Bose Condensates and Optical Lattices”, Minneapolis, 2004
  • "Spins and Interactions in Mesoscopic Systems", Minneapolis, 2002

Scientific & Professional Societies

  • Fellow, American Physical Society
Research Interests

Theoretical condensed matter physics, Disordered systems and glasses, Field-theoretical treatment of many-body systems, Mesoscopic systems, Out of equilibrium systems

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Physical Society, 2013
  • McKnight Land Grant Professor, 2005-2007


A. Kamenev , “Field Theory of Non-Equilibrium Systems”Book: Cambridge University Press (2011)

Selected Publications

A. Kamenev, Full list of publications

  1. S. Kasturirangan, A. Kamenev, F. Burnell, Two Parameter Scaling in the Crossover from Symmetry Class BDI to AI (2021)
  2. F. Thompson and A. Kamenev, Qubit Decoherence and Symmetry Restoration through Real-Time Instantons, Phys. Rev. Research 4, 023020 (2022)
  3. H. Wang, H.-C. Yeh, A. Kamenev, Many-body Localization Enables Iterative Quantum Optimization (2021)
  4. H.-C. Yeh, D. Gangardt, A. Kamenev, Emptiness Formation in Polytropic Quantum Liquids, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor, 55 064002 (2022)
  5. D. Pimenov, A. Kamenev, A. Chubukov, Quasiparticle scattering in a superconductor near a nematic critical point − resonance mode and multiple attractive channels, Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 017001 (2022)
  6. D. Pimenov, A. Kamenev, A. Chubukov, One-dimensional scattering of two-dimensional fermions near quantum criticality, Phys. Rev. B 103, 214519 (2021)
  7. T. Gulden, A. Kamenev, Dynamics of ion channels via non-Hermitian quantum mechanics, Entropy 2021, 23(1), 125
  8. X. Ying, A. Kamenev, Plasmonic Tuning of the Near Field Heat Transfer in Double Layer Graphene, Phys. Rev. B 102, 195426 (2020)
  9. X. Ying, A. Kamenev, Symmetry Protected Topological MetalsPhys. Rev. Lett. 121, 086810 – Published 24 August (2018)
  10. C. Mendl, S. Palpacelli, A. Kamenev, S. Succi, Quantum lattice Boltzmann study of random-mass Dirac fermions in one dimensionCh. 26: Many-body Approaches at Different Scales, 321-330 (Springer 2018)
  11. N. Smith, A. Kamenev, B. Meerson, Landau theory of the short-time dynamical phase transitions of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang interfacePhys. Rev. E 97, 042130 (2018)
  12. Y. Savich, L. Glazman, A. Kamenev, Quasiparticle relaxation in superconducting nanostructuresPhys. Rev. B 96, 104510 (2017)
  13. D. Bagrets, A. Altland, A. Kamenev, Power-law out of time order correlation functions in the SYK modelNucl. Phys. B921, 727 (2017)
  14. Y. Wang, T. Gulden, A. Kamenev, Finite-size scaling of entanglement entropy in one-dimensional topological modelsPhys. Rev. B 95, 075401 (2017)
  15. A. Altland, D. Bagrets, A. Kamenev, Sinai Diffusion at Quasi-1D Topological Phase TransitionsPhys. Rev. Lett., 117, 196801 (2016)
  16. D. Bagrets, A. Altland, A. Kamenev, Sachdev–Ye–Kitaev model as Liouville quantum mechanicsNucl. Phys. B 911, 191-205 (2016)
  17. M. Janas, A. Kamenev, B. Meerson, Dynamical phase transition in large-deviation statistics of the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang equationPhys. Rev. E.94, 032133 (2016)
  18. A. Kamenev, B. Meerson, P. Sasorov, Short-time height distribution in 1d KPZ equation: starting from a parabolaPhys. Rev. E 94, 032108 (2016)
  19. T. A. Sedrakyan, V. M. Galitski, A. Kamenev, Topological spin ordering via Chern-Simons superconductivityPhys. Rev. B 95, 094511 (2017)
  20. M. Schecter, D. M. Gangardt, A. Kamenev, Quantum impurities: from mobile Josephson junctions to depletonsNew J. Phys. 18 (2016) 065002
  21. T. Gulden, M. Janas, Y. Wang, A. Kamenev, Universal Finite-Size Scaling around Topological Quantum Phase TransitionsPhys. Rev. Lett. 116, 026402 – 2016

Advisees & Collaborators

Graduate Students:

  • Nitzan Hirshberg
  • Aditya Savanur
  • Foster Thompson
  • Rongfeng Xie
  • Liangtai Xing
  • Hao Zhang

Postdoctoral Researchers: