Shu-Heng Shao is an assistant professor at the C.N. Yang Institute for Theoretical
Physics (YITP) at Stony Brook University. He received a B.S. in Physics from National
Taiwan University in 2010, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University in 2016,
under the supervision of Professor Xi Yin. Before joining Stony Brook, he was a five-year
postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton from
2016 to 2021.
Shu-Heng Shao works on structural aspects of quantum field theory, with applications
in condensed matter physics, quantum gravity, and mathematical physics. In recent
years, he has been interested in generalizing the symmetry principle in theoretical
physics. He has developed the physical and mathematical framework for a variety of
generalized symmetries and their anomalies. These new symmetries are discovered in
a variety of continuum and lattice quantum systems, including the Ising model, Yang-Mills
theories, fracton lattice models, and the Standard Model of Nature. They lead to new
constraints on renormalization group flows, new insights into naturalness problems,
and new organizing principles in classifying phases of quantum matter. All his papers
can be found on INSPIRE and Google Scholar.