Curriculum Vitae

Zhen-Yu Wang (王振宇)

Institute of Theoretical Physics, Ulm University
Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, D-89069 Ulm, Germany

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2008 - 2011    Ph. D in Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Supervisor: Prof. Ren-Bao Liu

Thesis: “Dynamical Control of Quantum Coherence for Information Processing and Spectrometry”.

2005 - 2008    M. Phil in Optics, South China Normal University

Supervisor: Prof. Xiangbo Yang

Thesis: “Properties of Photonic and Mesoscopic Networks” (in Chinese).

2001 - 2005    B. Eng. in Information Engineering, South China Normal University


2013 - now      Postdoc, Ulm University

In the group of Prof. Martin B. Plenio

2012 - 2012     Research Associate, The Chinese University of Hong Kong                 

In the group of Prof. Ren-Bao Liu

                 Research Interests

Quantum physics with emphasis on quantum dynamics and quantum control.

Physical systems:

nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers in diamond; colour centers in silicon carbide; trapped ions.


quantum sensing, e.g., for probing the structure of single molecules; quantum simulation; quantum information processing, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR).


Book Chapter:  

1. Zhen-Yu Wang & Ren-Bao Liu, “High-order dynamical decoupling", Chapter 14 in Quantum Error Correction, edited by Daniel A. Lidar, Todd A. Brun, & Paolo Zanardi (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Published Papers:  

  1. J. Casanova, Z.-Y. Wang, and M. B. Plenio, Arbitrary nuclear-spin gates in diamond mediated by a nitrogen-vacancy-center electron spin. Physical Review A 96, 032314 (2017).

  2. Z.-Y. Wang, J. Casanova, and M. B. Plenio, Delayed entanglement echo for individual control of a large number of nuclear spins. Nature Communications 8, 14660 (2017).

  3. J. E. Lang, J. Casanova, Z.-Y. Wang, M. B. Plenio, T. S. Monteiro, Enhanced Resolution in Nanoscale NMR via Quantum Sensing with Pulses of Finite Duration. Physical Review Applied 7, 054009 (2017).

  4. J. Casanova, Z.-Y. Wang, and M. B. Plenio, Noise-resilient quantum computing with a nitrogen-vacancy center and nuclear spins. Physical Review Letters 117, 130502 (2016).

  5. Z.-Y. Wang and M. B. Plenio, Necessary and sufficient condition for quantum adiabatic evolution by unitary control fields.  Physical Review A 93, 052107 (2016).

  6. J. F. Haase, Z.-Y. Wang, J. Casanova, and M. B. Plenio, Pulse-phase control for spectral disambiguation in quantum sensing protocols. Physical Review A 94, 032322 (2016).

  7. Z.-Y. Wang#, J. F. Haase, J. Casanova#, and M. B. Plenio, Positioning nuclear spins in interacting clusters for quantum technologies and bioimaging. Physical Review B 93, 174104 (2016).

  8. J. Casanova#, Z.-Y. Wang#, J.F. Haase, and M. B. Plenio, Robust dynamical decoupling sequences for individual-nuclear-spin addressing. Physical Review A 92, 042304 (2015).

  9. Z.-Y. Wang, J. M. Cai, A. Retzker, and M. B. Plenio, All-optical magnetic resonance of high spectral resolution using a nitrogen-vacancy spin in diamond. New Journal of Physics 16, 083033 (2014).

  10. Z.-Y. Wang and R.-B. Liu, No-go theorems and optimization of dynamical decoupling against noise with soft cutoff. Physical Review A 87, 042319 (2013).

  11. N. Zhao, Z.-Y. Wang, and R.-B. Liu, Anomalous decoherence effect in a quantum bath. Physical Review Letters 106, 217205 (2011).

  12. Z.-Y. Wang and R.-B. Liu, Extending quantum control of time-independent systems to time-dependent systems. Physical Review A 83, 062313 (2011).

  13. W. Yang, Z.-Y. Wang, and R.-B. Liu, Preserving qubit coherence by dynamical decoupling. Frontiers of Physics 6, 2 (2011). [Invited Review Article]

  14. Z.-Y. Wang and R.-B. Liu, Protection of quantum systems by nested dynamical decoupling. Physical Review A 83, 022306 (2011).

  15. Z. He, X. Yang, and Z.-Y. Wang, Vector method for studying the second-harmonic-generation light derived from complex periodic ferroelectric domains. Physics Letters A 374, 2483 (2010).

  16. Z.-Y. Wang and X. Yang, Strong attenuation within the photonic band gaps of multiconnected networks.  Physical Review B 76, 235104 (2007).


  1. Kebiao Xu, Tianyu Xie, Fazhan Shi, Zhen-Yu Wang, Xiangkun Xu, Pengfei Wang, Ya Wang, Martin B. Plenio, Jiangfeng Du, Breaking the quantum adiabatic speed-limit by jumping along geodesics. arXiv:1711.02911

  2. Ilai Schwartz, Jochen Scheuer, Benedikt Tratzmiller, Samuel Mueller, Qiong Chen, Ish Dhand, Zhen-Yu Wang, Christoph Mueller, Boris Naydenov, Fedor Jelezko, Martin B. Plenio, Pulsed polarisation for robust DNP. arXiv:1710.01508

  3. J. F. Haase, Z.-Y. Wang, J. Casanova, M. B. Plenio, Soft Quantum Control for Highly Selective Interactions among Joint Quantum Systems. arXiv:1708.09611

  4. Michael A. Perlin, Zhen-Yu Wang, Jorge Casanova, Martin B. Plenio, Controlling Spectrally Indistinguishable Nuclear Spins for a Decoherence-Free Subspace. arXiv:1708.09414

  5. I. Arrazola, J. Casanova, J. S. Pedernales, Z.-Y. Wang, E. Solano, M. B. Plenio, Fast and Robust Two-Qubit Gates with Microwave-Driven Trapped Ions. arXiv:1706.02877


  1. Invited group-seminar talk (Group of Prof. Wenxian Zhang, Wuhan University, June 29, 2017).

  2. Invited group-seminar talk (Group of Prof. Ren-Bao Liu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, May 30, 2016).

  3. International Conference on the Frontiers in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (Shanghai, May 23-26, 2016).

  4. Shortcuts to Adiabaticity, Optimal Quantum Control, and Thermodynamics Conference (Telluride, USA, July 14-18, 2014).

  5. Invited group-seminar talk (Group of Prof. Jiangfeng Du, University of Science and Technology of China, November 11, 2014).

  6. SPP 1601 Young Researchers Workshop (Bonn, Germany, March 31 - April 2, 2014).

  7. The 14th Conference of The Physical Society of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, June 11, 2011).

  8. National Workshop on Quantum manipulation and Coherent Devices Physics (Jinggangshan, China, May 5-10, 2011).

  9. American Physical Society March Meeting (Dallas, Texas, USA, March 24, 2011).

  10. American Physical Society March Meeting (Portland, Oregon, USA, March 17, 2010).