Dr Zlatko Papic

Dr Zlatko Papic


I am a Lecturer in the Theoretical Physics Group at the University of Leeds. I obtained my PhD at Université Paris Sud in 2010. I was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University (2010-2013), and a joint postdoctoral fellow between Perimeter Institute and Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo (2013-2015). My research spans condensed matter theory and quantum information.


  • 10/2019-: Associate Professor at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 03/2015-10/2019: Lecturer at School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  • 2013 – 2015: Postdoctoral Fellow at Perimeter Institute and Institute for Quantum Computing, Waterloo, Canada
  • 2010 – 2013: Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Princeton University, Princeton, USA (with prof. Duncan Haldane and prof. Ravin Bhatt)
  • 2009 – 2010: Research Associate at Institute of Physics, Belgrade, Serbia


  • 2007-2010: PhD in Theoretical Physics at Universite Paris Sud, France and University of Belgrade, Serbia (jointly awarded)

Thesis: Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in Multicomponent Systems
Supervisors: Dr. Mark Goerbig, Prof. Milica Milovanovic, and Dr. Nicolas Regnault

  • 2000-2007: Undergraduate studies in Theoretical Physics (Bachelor and Masters Degree) at University of Belgrade, Serbia


Programming skills

  • Developer of an open-source C++ DiagHam project, Python, Mathematica, Fortran


Referee Service

Referee for Science, Nature Communications, Physical Review X, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, Annals of Physics, New Journal of Physics, Foundations of Physics, Royal Society Proceedings A, Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, Entropy


  • School Liaison Officer
  • Organiser of Theoretical Physics Group Seminar

Research interests

My research focuses on quantum many-body phenomena, such as topological phases of matter, fractional quantum Hall effect, many-body localisation, etc. My research uses quantum information (in particular, concepts such as entanglement and matrix-product states or tensor networks) to study and numerically simulate emergent phases in condensed matter systems, nonequilibrium quantum dynamics of interacting disordered systems, etc.

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  • PhD in Theoretical Physics, Universite Paris-Stud, France
  • MSc Theoretical Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Research groups and institutes

  • Theoretical Physics

Current postgraduate researchers

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    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/358-quantum-many-body-scars-and-weak-ergodicity-breaking-in-rydberg-atom-quantum-simulators">Quantum Many-Body Scars and Weak Ergodicity Breaking in Rydberg-Atom Quantum Simulators</a></li>