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

We use state-of-the-art scattering spectroscopy, 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 interests include quantum magnets that might realize novel fractionalized excitations, mechanism of unconventional superconductivity, and conceptual development at the conjunction point of electron correlation and topological electronic states.


Honors and Awards

2021 Sir Martin Wood China Prize
2020 Leading Talent of Innovation in Science and Technology, MOST of China
2017 Wang Xuan Prize for Young Scholars, Peking University
2015 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

[1] Zhendong Jin, Yangmu Li, Zhigang Hu, Biaoyan Hu, Yiran Liu, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, Matthew B. Stone, Alexander I. Kolesnikov, Douglas L. Abernathy, Xiangyu Zhang, Haiyang Chen, Yandong Wang, Chen Fang, Biao Wu, Igor A. Zaliznyak, John M. Tranquada, and Yuan Li, “Magnetic molecular orbitals in MnSi.” Science Advances 9, eadd5239 (2023).

[2] Xintong Li, Yuchen Gu, Yue Chen, V. Ovidiu Garlea, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, Yangmu Li, Guochu Deng, Qian Xiao, Xiquan Zheng, Zirong Ye, Yingying Peng, I. A. Zaliznyak, J. M. Tranquada, and Yuan Li, “Giant magnetic in-plane anisotropy and competing instabilities in Na3Co2SbO6.” Physical Review X 12, 041024 (2022).

[3] Weiliang Yao, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, and Yuan Li, “Excitations in the ordered and paramagnetic states of honeycomb magnet Na2Co2TeO6.” Physical Review Letters 129, 147202 (2022).

[4] Lichen Wang, Guanhong He, Zichen Yang, Mirian Garcia-Fernandez, Abhishek Nag, Kejin Zhou, Matteo Minola, Matthieu Le Tacon, Bernhard Keimer, Yingying Peng, and Yuan Li, “Paramagnons and high-temperature superconductivity in a model family of cuprates.” Nature Communications 13, 3163 (2022).

[5] Chang Liu, Philippe Bourges, Yvan Sidis, Tao Xie, Guanhong He, Frédéric Bourdarot, Sergey Danilkin, Haranath Ghosh, Soumyadeep Ghosh, Xiaoyan Ma, Shiliang Li, Yuan Li, and Huiqian Luo, “Preferred spin excitations in the bilayer iron-based superconductor CaK(Fe0.96Ni0.04)4As4 with spin-vortex crystal order.” Physical Review Letters 128, 137003 (2022).

[6] Wenjie Chen, Xintong Li, Zhenhai Hu, Ze Hu, Li Yue, Ronny Sutarto, Feizhou He, Kazuki Iida, Kazuya Kamazawa, Weiqiang Yu, Xi Lin, and Yuan Li, “Spin-orbit phase behavior of Na2Co2TeO6 at low temperatures.” Physical Review B 103, L180404 (2021).

[7] 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).

[8] 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).

[9] 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).

[10] 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).

[11] 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).

[12] 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).

[13] Yuwen Hu, Feipeng Zheng, Xiao Ren, Ji Feng, and Yuan Li, “Charge density waves and phonon-electron coupling in ZrTe3.” Physical Review B 91, 144502 (2015).

[14] 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).

[15] 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).

[16] 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).

[17] 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).

[18] 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).

[19] 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.