Xiao-Gang Wen Home Page

E-mail: xgwen(at)mit(dot)edu
Telephone: 617-253-5016
Fax: 617-253-2562
Room: 6C-317
Dept. of Physics, MIT
77 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Curriculum Vitae

Research (theoretical condensed matter physics):

String-net condensation -- a unification of light and electrons

  • Q: Where do light and fermions come from?
  • A: Light and fermions come from the qubits that form the space.
  • Q: Why do light and fermions exist?
  • A: Light and fermions exist because the space-forming qubits form a string-net condensed state.
  • Q: What are light and fermions?
  • A: Light waves are collective motions of strings and fermions are ends of open strings in the string-net condensed state.

Articles and lecture notes


Recent Publications


Java Simulations

Current and previous students/postdocs


MIT Condensed Matter Theory group
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