Vidya Madhavan

Vidya Madhavan
Vidya Madhavan
(217) 300-1476
1018 Superconductivity Center

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Professor Madhavan received her bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering in 1991 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, and a master of technology degree in solid state materials in 1993 from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. She obtained her phD from Boston University in 2000. She held a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California, Berkeley from 1999 to 2002, before joining the physics faculty at Boston College in 2002. She joined the faculty at Illinois in 2014 as a full professor.

Research Statement

Professor Madhavan investigates fundamental problems in quantum materials where interactions between the spin, charge, and structural degrees of freedom lead to emergent phenomena. She uses the tools of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS), spin-polarized STM (SP-STM) and molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to unravel the mysteries of complex systems at the atomic scale. Her group carries out challenging, high-risk experiments, wherein the possibility of discovering new phenomena is high. Her team's recent work has focused on STM studies of complex oxides and monolayer films of topological materials and transition metal dichalcogenides.

Graduate Research Opportunities

We currently have openings in our group for motivated students. Please send me email if you are interested in learning more about our projects.

Research Interests

  • Unconventional superconductors, topological superconductors, correlated oxides, topological crystalline insulators, transition metal dichalcogenides Scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM), Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE)
  • MBE growth of WTe2, Bi2Se3, SnTe, NbSe2, TiSe2, VSe2, BiSb, etc

Selected Articles in Journals

  • 1. Zhenyu Wang, Jorge Olivares Rodriguez, Lin Jiao, Sean Howard, Martin Graham, G. D. Gu, Taylor Hughes, Dirk K. Morr, V. Madhavan, Signature of Dispersing 1D Majorana Channels in an Iron-based Superconductor, Science 367, 104-108 (2020)
  • 2. Momentum-resolved superconducting energy gaps of Sr2RuO4 from quasiparticle interference imaging, Rahul Sharma, Stephen D. Edkins, Zhenyu Wang, Andrey Kostin, Chanchal Sow, Yoshiteru Maeno, Andrew P. Mackenzie, J. C. Seamus Davis, and Vidya Madhavan, PNAS (2020)
  • Zhenyu Wang, Daniel Walkup, Yulia Maximenko, Wenwen Zhou, Tom Hogan, Ziqiang Wang, Stephen D. Wilson and Vidya Madhavan , Doping induced Mott collapse and the density wave instability in (Sr1-xLax)3Ir2O7 , npj quantum materials 4, 1-7 (2019)
  • Zhenyu Wang, Yoshinori Okada, Jared O Neal, Wenwen Zhou, Daniel Walkup, Chetan Dhital, Tom Hogan, Patrick Clancy, Young-June Kim, Y. F. Hu, Luiz Santos, Stephen D. Wilson, Nandini Trivedi and Vidya Madhavan, Disorder induced power-law gaps in an Insulator-Metal Mott transition, PNAS 115, (44) 11198-11202 (2018)
  • D. Iaia, G. Chang, T. R. Chang, J. Hu, Z. Mao, H. Lin, S. Yan and V. Madhavan, Searching for topological Fermi arcs via quasiparticle interference on a type-II Weyl semimetal MoTe2, npj Quantum Materials 3, 38 (2018)
  • Interplay of orbital effects and nanoscale strain in topological crystalline insulators Daniel Walkup, Badih Assaf, Kane L Scipioni, R. Sankar, Fangcheng Chou, Guoqing Chang, Hsin Lin, Ilija Zeljkovic, Vidya Madhavan, Nature Communications 1550 (2018)
  • Quasiparticle Interference and Strong Electron-Mode Coupling in the Quasi-One-Dimensional Bands of Sr2RuO4 Zhenyu Wang, Daniel Walkup, Philip Derry, Thomas Scaffidi, Melinda Rak, Sean Vig, Anshul Kogar, Ilija Zeljkovic, Ali Husain, Luiz H. Santos, Yuxuan Wang, Andrea Damascelli, Yoshiteru Maeno, Peter Abbamonte, Eduardo Fradkin, Vidya Madhavan, Nature Physics 13, 799–805 (2017)
  • Influence of domain walls in the incommensurate charge density wave state of Cu intercalated 1T-TiSe2 Shichao Yan, Davide Iaia, Emilia Morosan, Eduardo Fradkin, Peter Abbamonte, Vidya Madhavan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 106405 (2017)
  • Ilija Zeljkovic, Yoshinori Okada, Maksym Serbyn,R. Sankar, Daniel Walkup, Wenwen Zhou, Junwei Liu, G.Chang, Yung Jui Wang, M. Zahid Hasan, Fangcheng Chou, Hsin Lin, A. Bansil, Liang Fu and V. Madhavan, Dirac mass generation from crystal symmetry breaking on the surfaces of topological crystalline insulators, Nature Materials 14, 318–324 (2015)
  • Ilija Zeljkovic, Kane L Scipioni, Daniel Walkup, Yoshinori Okada, Wenwen Zhou, R. Sankar, Guoqing Chang, Yung Jui Wang, Hsin Lin, Arun Bansil, Fangcheng Chou, Ziqiang Wang and Vidya Madhavan, Nanoscale Determination of the Mass Enhancement Factor in the Lightly-Doped Bulk Insulator Lead Selenide, Nature Communications 6, 6559 (2015)
  • Ilija Zeljkovic, Daniel Walkup, Badih Assaf, Kane L Scipioni, R. Sankar, Fangcheng Chou, Vidya Madhavan, Strain engineering Dirac surface states in heteroepitaxial topological crystalline insulator thin films, Nature Nanotechnology 10, 849–853 (2015)
  • Ilija Zeljkovic, Yoshinori Okada,Cheng-Yi Huang, R. Sankar, Daniel Walkup, Wenwen Zhou, Maksym Serbyn, Fangcheng Chou, Wei-Feng Tsai, Hsin Lin, A. Bansil, Liang Fu, M. Zahid Hasan and V. Madhavan, Mapping the unconventional orbital texture in topological crystalline insulators, Nature Physics 10, 572–577 (2014)
  • Chetan Dhital, Tom Hogan, Wenwen Zhou, Xiang Chen, Zhensong Ren, Mani Pokharel, Yoshinori Okada,M. Heine, Wei Tian, Z. Yamani, C. Opeil,J. S. Helton, J. W. Lynn, Ziqiang Wang,V. Madhavan, and Stephen D. Wilson, Doping a spin-orbit driven Mott phase in “ Mott blocking, electronic inhomogeneity, localized and itinerant antiferromagnetism, Nature Communications 3377 (2014)
  • Yoshinori Okada, Maksym Serbyn, H. Lin, Daniel Walkup, W. Zhou, C. Dhital, Madhab Neupane, Suyang Xu, Yung Jui Wang, R. Sankar, F. Chou, Arun Bansil, M. Zahid Hasan, Stephen D. Wilson, Liang Fu and V. Madhavan, Observation of Dirac node formation and mass acquisition in a topological crystalline insulator, Science 341, 1496-1499 (2013)
  • Yoshinori Okada, Daniel Walkup, Hsin Lin, Chetan Dhital, Tay-Rong Chang, Sovit Khadka, Wenwen Zhou, Horng-Tay Jeng, Arun Bansil, Ziqiang Wang, Stephen Wilson, V. Madhavan, Imaging the evolution of metallic states in a spin-orbit interaction driven correlated iridate, Nature Materials12, 707-713 (2013)


  • NSF CAREER Award (2007)

Research Honors

  • Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) Fellow (2021)
  • Member-at-large, American Physical Society (APS), Division of Condensed Matter Physics (DCMP) (2020-2023)
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Experimental Investigator (2020)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (2015)

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 211 - University Physics: Mechanics
  • PHYS 485 - Atomic Phys & Quantum Theory
  • PHYS 486 - Quantum Physics I
  • PHYS 487 - Quantum Physics II
  • PHYS 496 - Intro to Physics Research
  • PHYS 560 - Condensed Matter Physics I
  • PHYS 598 CMX - Special Topics in Physics