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Professor Xiaji Liu

Professor, ARC Future Fellow


Professor Xiaji Liu is an ARC Future Fellow at Swinburne’s Centre for Quantum and Optical Science. Her research is primarily focused on the examination of quantum gases.

The aim of Professor Liu’s Future Fellowship project is to study the creation and manipulation of the elusive Majorana fermions, hypothesized by Italian physicist Ettore Majorana in 1937. Majorana fermions – particles that are their own antiparticles – play a key role in future quantum technologies such as fault-tolerant quantum computers.

In collaboration with the world-leading cold-atom laboratories in Australia, China and the USA, this project aims to pave a new direction to create and manipulate Majorana fermions towards realistic atomtronics devices, by using the highly controllable setting of ultracold atomic Fermi gases. This research complements the search of Majorana fermions in solid-state devices.

Research interests

Ultracold Quantum Gases

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Quantum Few-Body Systems, Fermi/Bose Polarons and Virial Expansion : Quantum virial expansion is an entirely new direction to handle strong correlations. It allows a controllable expansion to be worked out even in three dimensions, in terms of a small parameter - the fugacity. It provides an elegant way to bridge the few-body and the many-body worlds. Our specific schemes in this topic include the high-order virial coefficients et al.

Ultracold Atoms with Synthetic Spin-Orbit Coupling: Recent realization of synthetic gauge fields in ultracold atoms has led to a new frontier. Here,we are interested in the characterization of novel topological fermionic superfluids and possible exotic Bose-Einstein condensates with non-trivial spin-textures. 


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Degenerate Quantum Gases And Atom Optics - 020601

Teaching areas

Ultracold Quantum Gases


  • 2014, National, ARC Future Fellowship, ARC
  • 2013, Swinburne, Swinburne VC Research Excellence Awards, joint with the experimental Fermi gas team at CQOS, Swinburne
  • 2009, National, ARC Australian Research Fellowship (ARF), ARC
  • 2006, National, University of Queensland (UQ) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Queensland


Also published as: Liu, Xiaji; Liu, X.; Liu, X-J.; Liu, X. J.; Liu, X.-J.; Liu, Xia-Ji
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2018: Revealing universal exotic superfluidity with ultracold fermionic atoms *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2014: Finding the lost particle: Majorana fermions in ultracold atoms *; ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2014: Strongly repulsive ultracold atomic gases as a resource for quantum simulation *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2013: Visiting Researcher Scheme 2013 - Prof Sun *; Research Advisory Group - Visiting Researcher Scheme 2013

* Chief Investigator