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The Hulet group investigates atoms at temperatures as low as a few nano-Kelvin. At such low temperatures, the strange and fascinating effects of quantum mechanics dominate, greatly altering normal atomic behavior. Hulet and his group have used laser cooling and atom trapping techniques to explore this exotic regime of matter, investigating ultracold atom collisions, Bose-Einstein condensation, and pairing of atomic Fermi gases. Our current interest is the realization of fundamental models of condensed matter using ultracold atoms confined by optical lattices, the study of few-body physics of bosons with resonant interactions, and realizations of matter-wave solitons.

Recent Publications

1D-3D Crossover of a Spin-Imbalanced Fermi Gas:

Melissa C. Revelle, Jacob A. Fry, Ben A. Olsen, Randall G. Hulet, arXiv:1605.06986 (2016) PDF

Antiferromagnetism with Ultracold Atoms:

Randall G. Hulet, Pedro M. Duarte, Russel A. Hart, and Tsung-Lin Yang, arXiv:1605.06986 (2015) PDF

Cooling Atomic Gases with Disorder:

Thereza Paiva, Ehsan Khatami, Shuxiang Yang, Valery Rousseau, Mark Jarrell, Juana Moreno, Randall G. Hulet, Richard T. Scalettar, Physical Review Letters 115, 240402 (2015) PDF

New Paper!

2016-05-23 : Melissa has submitted a preprint on the observation of the 1D-3D dimensional crossover in a spin-imbalanced Fermi gas! We hope that these results will pave the way to observing the FFLO superfluid state.

Welcome Madeleine!

2016-05-23 : We welcome Madeleine Adrien, a summer student from the Institut d’Optique, to our group this summer. Madeleine will work with the BEC team to frequency lock a 647 nm laser to an iodine line.

We welcome a new post-doc to our group, Anna Marchant!

2016-03-17 : We welcome a new post-doc to our group, Anna Marchant! Anna completed her PhD at the University of Durham, UK, on the interaction of matter-wave solitons with barriers. Anna will work on fermion experiments at Rice.

Hot Paper

2016-03-16 : Our 2015 Nature paper reporting antiferromagnetic order (Russ Hart, Pedro Duarte, et al), has been deemed a “Hot Paper” by ISI: “This hot paper was published in the past two years and received enough citations in September/October 2015 to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in its academic field.”


2016-03-04 : We have been selected to receive an award from the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) to purchase an ultra-stable infrared laser! The competition for this year’s DURIP awards is described in this DoD press release: Link The laser will be used to produce a super-stable lattice that will minimize heating from laser intensity noise, and thus, facilitate achieving even lower temperatures in quantum magnetism experiment.

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Dept of Physics and Astronomy, MS-61
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005

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Brockman Hall for Physics
Room B01

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