Dr. Yuan Li 李源

Associate Professor

Contact Info

Office:Physics Building W569, 物理楼西569



Personal Homepage:http://icqm.pku.edu.cn/rydw/jzyg/236932.htm










Stanford University



Physics and Mathematics

(dual degree)

Peking University


Professional Appointments




2018-present Associate Professor (with tenure) 

ICQM, Peking University


Associate Professor (tenure track)

ICQM, Peking University


Postdoctoral Fellow          

MPI-FkF, Stuttgart, Germany


Research Interests

My group’s research involves the use of state-of-the-art scattering methods, in particular neutron and photon (Raman, X-ray) scattering, to study the structure and dynamics of materials with electron correlations and novel quasiparticle excitations. Topics of current interest include mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity in copper- and iron-based materials, phenomenology and mechanism of charge order in metals and insulators, spin-orbital physics in transition-metal compounds, frustrated quantum magnets, and band topology of bosonic excitations in crystalline materials.


Honors and Awards


Wang Xuan Prize for Young Scholars, Peking University


Excellent Young Investigator, National Natural Science Foundation of China

2010 Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, Germany
2004 Outstanding graduate of Peking University, China


Full list of publications | Google Scholar profile

Selected Publications and Preprints

[1] Lichen Wang, Guanhong He, Zichen Yang, Mirian Garcia-Fernandez, Abhishek Nag, Ke-Jin Zhou, Matteo Minola, Matthieu Le Tacon, Bernhard Keimer, Yingying Peng, and Yuan Li, "Paramagnons and high-temperature superconductivity in mercury-based cuprates". Preprint available at arXiv:2011.05029 with Supplemental Materials.

[2] Lichen Wang, Biqiong Yu, Ran Jing, Xiangpeng Luo, Junbang Zeng, Jiarui Li, Izabela Bialo, Martin Bluschke, Yang Tang, Jacob Freyermuth, Guichuan Yu, Ronny Sutarto, Feizhou He, Eugen Weschke, Wojciech Tabis, Martin Greven, and Yuan Li, “Doping-dependent phonon anomaly and charge-order phenomena in the HgBa2CuO4+d and HgBa2CaCu2O6+d superconductors.”Physical Review B 101, 220509(R) (2020).

[3] Li Yue, Shangjie Xue, Jiarui Li, Wen Hu, Andi Barbour, Feipeng Zheng, Lichen Wang, Ji Feng, Stuart B. Wilkins, Claudio Mazzoli, Riccardo Comin, and Yuan Li, “Distinction between pristine and disorder-perturbed charge density waves in ZrTe3.” Nature Communications 11, 98 (2020).

[4] Jianqing Guo, Li Yue, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, Lei Chen, Tingting Han, Yan Zhang, and Yuan Li, “Preferred magnetic excitations in the iron-based Sr1-xNaxFe2As2 superconductor.” Physical Review Letters 122, 017001 (2019).

[5] Weiliang Yao, Chenyuan Li, Lichen Wang, Shangjie Xue, Yang Dan, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, Kangkang Li, Chen Fang, and Yuan Li, “Topological spin excitations in a three-dimensional antiferromagnet.” Nature Physics 14, 1011 (2018).

[6] Kangkang Li, Chenyuan Li, Jiangping Hu, Yuan Li, and Chen Fang, “Dirac and nodal line magnons in three-dimensional antiferromagnets.” Physical Review Letters 119, 247202 (2017).

[7] Mingwei Ma, Philippe Bourges, Yvan Sidis, Yang Xu, Shiyan Li, Biaoyan Hu, Jiarui Li, Fa Wang, and Yuan Li, “Prominent role of spin-orbit coupling in FeSe revealed by inelastic neutron scattering.” Physical Review X 7, 021025 (2017).

[8] Xiao Ren, Lian Duan, Yuwen Hu, Jiarui Li, Rui Zhang, Huiqian Luo, Pengcheng Dai, and Yuan Li, “Nematic crossover in BaFe2As2 under uniaxial stress.” Physical Review Letters 115, 197002 (2015).

[9] W. Tabis, Y. Li, M. Le Tacon, L. Braicovich, A. Kreyssig, M. Minola, G. Dellea, E. Weschke, M.J. Veit, M. Ramazanoglu, A.I. Goldman, T. Schmitt, G. Ghiringhelli, N. Barisic, M.K. Chan, C.J. Dorow, G. Yu, X. Zhao, B. Keimer, and M. Greven, “Charge order and its connection with Fermi-liquid charge transport in a pristine high-Tc cuprate.” Nature Communications 5, 5875 (2014).

[10] Chong Wang, Rui Zhang, Fa Wang, Huiqian Luo, L.P. Regnault, Pengcheng Dai, and Yuan Li, “Longitudinal spin excitations and magnetic anisotropy in antiferromagnetically ordered BaFe2As2.” Physical Review X 3, 041036 (2013).

[11] Yuan Li, M. Le Tacon, Y. Matiks, A.V. Boris, T. Loew, C.T. Lin, Lu Chen, M.K. Chan, C. Dorow, L. Ji, N. Barisic, X. Zhao, M. Greven, and B. Keimer, “Doping-dependent photon scattering resonance in the model high-temperature superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d revealed by Raman scattering and optical ellipsometry.” Physical Review Letters 111, 187001 (2013).

[12] Yuan Li, M. Le Tacon, M. Bakr, D. Terrade, D. Manske, R. Hackl, L. Ji, M. K. Chan, N. Barisic, X. Zhao, M. Greven, and B. Keimer, “Feedback effect on high-energy magnetic fluctuations in the model high-temperature superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d observed by electronic Raman scattering.” Physical Review Letters 108, 227003 (2012).

[13] Yuan Li, G. Yu, M. K. Chan, V. Baledent, Yangmu Li, N. Barisic, X. Zhao, K. Hradil, R. A. Mole, Y. Sidis, P. Steffens, P. Bourges, and M. Greven, “Two Ising-like magnetic excitations in a single-layer cuprate superconductor.” Nature Physics 8, 404 (2012).

[14] Yuan Li, N. Egetenmeyer, J.L. Gavilano, N. Barisic, and M. Greven, “Magnetic vortex lattice in HgBa2CuO4+d observed by small-angle neutron scattering.” Physical Review B 83, 054507 (2011).

[15] Yuan Li, V. Baledent, G. Yu, N. Barisic, K. Hradil, R.A. Mole, Y. Sidis, P. Steffens, X. Zhao, P. Bourges, and M. Greven, “Hidden magnetic excitation in the pseudogap phase of a high-Tc superconductor.” Nature 468, 283 (2010).

[16] G. Yu, Yuan Li, E.M. Motoyama, and M. Greven, “A universal relationship between magnetic resonance and superconducting gap in unconventional superconductors.” Nature Physics 5, 873 (2009).

[17] Yuan Li, V. Baledent, N. Barisic, Y. Cho, B. Fauque, Y. Sidis, G. Yu, X. Zhao, P. Bourges, and M. Greven, “Unusual magnetic order in the pseudogap region of the superconductor HgBa2CuO4+d.” Nature 455, 372 (2008).


Open Positions

We are recruiting graduate, undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Strong background in physics and/or chemistry, good communication skills and willingness to travel for experiments are desirable. Please contact me directly if you are enthusiastic about experimental research in condensed matter physics.