Zachary M. Raines

Zachary M. Raines

Postdoctoral Associate

Yale University


I am a Postdoctoral Associate in Condensed Matter Theory group at Yale university under the Yale Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship. A more detailed description of my research interests is available here.

  • Condensed matter theory
  • Superconductivity
  • Non-equilibrium systems
  • Light-matter hybridization
  • Weyl semimetals
  • Collective phenomena
  • Quantum geometry
  • PhD in Physics, 2019

    University of Maryland, College Park

  • BA in Physics, 2011

    Boston University


Spin-valley modes in graphene

Spin-valley modes in graphene

The existence of additional valley degrees of freedom in graphene allow for new collective modes beyond those in the conventional spinful Fermi liquid. We investigatw the behavior of these new modes in the spin and valley channels including their impact on observables and how they are impacted by the quantum geometry of graphene bands.

Competing orders in cuprates

Competing orders in cuprates

Investigation of the interplay between superconductivity and charge ordered phases in the cuprate family of high $T_c$ superconductors.

Properties of superconductors coupled to photonic cavities

Properties of superconductors coupled to photonic cavities

We study the phenomena which can arise when cavity photons are strongly coupled to superconductors.


Classroom Experience

I have been a teaching assistant in both lab and discussion sections for

  • Physics 122: Fundamentals of Physics II
  • Physics 260: Vibrations, Waves, Heat, Electricity & Magnetism

at the University of Maryland, College Park.

I also have been a TA for the online Coursera course ‘Exploring Quantum Physics’.

Additional Training

I have completed a course on the ‘Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching’ at Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.