Welcome to Dr. Guoping Zhang's Homepage 

Guoping Zhang,
Ph.D, Professor of Physics,
Department of Physics
Indiana State University,
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Office: S-165I
   Labs: S-141 (computational), S-143 (experimental)
Tel: (812)-237-2044  (Office)
       (812)-237-8755  (Nano and femtoscience research lab)
Fax: 812-237-4396 (Physics Department)

This is a buckyball, also called C60
   since this ball has sixty carbon atoms.
Accidently, I put a hydrogen molecule H2 in the ball
 when I drew this picture, but
this compound has now been synthesized successfully.

Mingqiang got a paper accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.

Dr. Zhang was recognized as a Promising Scholar (2006-2007)

Seth Ross and Dr. Zhang's research was on the media (Scroll down)

 D r. Zhang was inducted as a Sigma Pi Sigma member

American Physics Society meeting pictures

I maintain an unofficial student web page (click it)!


 A note  for my current and previous students

Physics 105 (University Physics I)

Physics 106 (University Physics II)

Physics 215  (Modern Physics)

Physics 216Lab  (Modern Physics Lab)

Physics 341 (Electricity and magnetism I)

Physics 342 (Electricity and magnetism II)

Nanoscience (supported by National Science Foundaton)
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Computational Physics Phys356


(STUDENT RESEARCH POSITION IS AVAILABLE,  please contact me immediately)

My research fields cover several areas: (1) Femtomagnetism: Magnetism on a femtosecond scale; (2) Ultrafast dynamics in C60; (3) Soft x-ray spectroscopy; (4)  Nonlinear optics;  (5) Density-matrix renormalization group in strong correlated system; (6) First-principles calculations using our own pseudopotential codes,Wien2k and Molpro codes. I am particularly interested in nanoscience and ultrafast dynamics. Very recently, I start to explore the high harmonic generations.  (6) If you have new ideas to share with me, please send me a mail.

The follwing is the group picture for SURE 2011.
My students in Summer 2010. (Front) Topher and Dan. (Back) Kevin, Cameron, Nicole and me.

The following pictures were taken when Nicole and Cameron were presenting at American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, Texas, March, 2011.
Pictures of my students taken during 2010 summer research, and the subsequent research showcase.
A princeton conference picture.

If you want to learn more about  my research, please check my research webpage.

My impressive visit to National Taiwan University. This is Prof. Chu's group. Here is a wonderful picture
Here is a list of selected publications. A more complete list (up to 06) is here. From 2002 to 2007, I have published 22 journal papers.

8. Paradigm of the time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect for femtosecond magnetism    
G. P. Zhang, W. Huebner, G. Lefkidis, Y. Bai and T. F. George, Nature Physics  5 ,  499 (2009)
See also: News and Views by Bovensiepen, http://www.nature.com/nphys/journal/v5/n7/index.html.

7. Laser-induced orbital and spin excitations in ferromagnets:\\ Insights from a two-level system
    G. P. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett.  101,  187203 (2008)

6. Optical Harmonic generation in C60
    G. P. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett.  95,  047401 (2005)

5. Controlling vibrational excitations in C60 by laser pulse duration,
G. P. Zhang and Thomas F. George, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93,  147401 (2004).

4. Hartree-Fock dynamical electron-correlation effects in  C60 after laser excitation,
G. P. Zhang,  Phys. Rev. Lett.  91, 176801 (2003).

3. Electron Correlation Effects in Resonant Inelastic X-ray Scattering of NaV2O5.
 G. P. Zhang, T. A. Callcott, G. T. Woods, L. Lin, Brian Sales, D. Mandrus and J. He, Phys. Rev. Lett.  88, 077401 (2002).

2.  Origin of giant optical nonlinearity in Charge-transfer Mott insulators: A new paradigm for nonlinear optics
G. P. Zhang, Phys. Rev. Lett.  86, 2086-2089 (2001).

1. Laser-induced ultrafast demagnetization in ferromagnetic metals
G. P. Zhang and W. Hubner, Phys. Rev. Lett.  85,  3025 (2000)

Lab and Computing facilities

We have two dedicated research labs, one is for computational research and the other is for experiment. Currently we have  10 computers with Linux on them. We can use the University's 64-nodes high performance computers (HPC) and 20-nodes Intel cluster. Recently, we just added two more computers. In the near furture, our group will add dozens of more computers to the current computing facility.  We are very lucky that we have excellent UNIX supporting staff: Steve Baker (UNIX GURU!!! with more than 15-years experience). This makes us life much easier. Our major computing is done at Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory.

Student research

Please click this page dedicated to the student research projects, but you are welcome to check my  research web page, where you can find more information on research.

Current and previous research grants

  1. Summer research grant (2004)
  2. Army research grant (2004-2008
  3. National Science Foundation [Nanoscience grant (2003-2005)]
  4. Department of Energy (2006-2009)]
  5. Promising Scholar grant (2006)

 Some useful Links
Mathematical tools
(0) Pentagon
(1) Fourier transform
(2) Programming and Software and Numerical Libraries and Links
(3) Physics Departments in United States of America
(4)  Fortran quick check