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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, Physical Review Letters 117, 235301 (2016) PDF

Detecting π-phase superfluids with p-wave symmetry in a quasi-one-dimensional optical lattice:

Bo Liu, Xiaopeng Li, Randall G. Hulet, and W. Vincent Liu, Physical Review A 94, 031602 (2016) PDF

Observation of antiferromagnetic correlations in the Hubbard model with ultracold atoms:

Russell A. Hart, Pedro M. Duarte, Tsung-Lin Yang, Xinxing Liu, Thereza Paiva, Ehsan Khatami, Richard T. Scalettar, Nandini Trivedi, David A. Huse, and Randall G. Hulet, Nature 519, 211-214 (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

Best Wishes to Melissa!

2016-11-30 :

It’s been a big month for Melissa - She started a post-doc at the Sandia National Laboratories, where she will be working on quantum information. Her paper on the dimensional crossover in spin-polarized Fermi gases has just been accepted and published in the Physical Review Letters.

We wish Melissa continued success!

Randy has received the Walther Award!

2016-11-17 :

Randy has been awarded the 2017 Herbert Walther Award.

The citation reads: “For pioneering achievements in the field of ultracold atomic gases, including the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation with attractive interactions and groundbreaking studies of atomic fermions.”

Melissa has defended her PhD thesis!

2016-09-14 :

Melissa Revelle has defended and submitted her thesis entitled “Quasi-One-Dimensional Ultracold Fermi Gases.” In addition, her paper entitled “1D to 3D Crossover of a Spin-Imbalanced Fermi Gas”, has now been submitted for review: https://arxiv.org/abs/1605.06986.

New Paper!

2016-09-02 :

A new paper describing the results of a theoretical collaboration with Vincent Liu’s group at the University of Pittsburgh was published today. This paper shows that a p-wave superfluid can be created using an s-wave Feshbach resonance and imbalanced Fermi surfaces. We hope that this may be a viable route to producing a topological superfluid. Physical Review A 94, 031602 (2016). PDF

Gilbert Departs for Taiwan

2016-06-28 :

A big “Thank You” goes to Gilbert Shih, who has finished a 5 month internship in our laboratory. Gilbert has just graduated from the National Taiwan University and will now begin his mandatory 1 year civil service in Taiwan. Gilbert and Ernie set up 1D Bragg spectroscopy in our lab.

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6100 Main Street
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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