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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

Formation of matter-wave soliton trains by modulational instability:

Jason H. V. Nguyen, De Luo, Randall G. Hulet, arXiv:1703.04662 PDF

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

Danyel has received a CONACyT National Fellowship!

2017-08-11 :

Danyel has received a fellowship from the Mexican Science and Technology Foundation to fund his graduate studies at Rice. Congratulations Danyel!

Randy Receives the 2017 Herbert Walther Award!

2017-07-08 :

We are pleased to announce that Randy is the recipient of the 2017 Herbert Walther Award from the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) and The Optical Society of America. Congratulations!

Welcome Eduardo, Danyel, and Jinggang!

2017-06-01 :

We welcome three new students to our lab this summer: Eduardo, Danyel, and Jinggang. Eduardo and Danyel are incoming first year graduate students from UNAM and the Monterrey Institute of Technology respectively, and Jinggang will be spending several months with us in an internship as he finishes his undergraduate program in Peking.

Melissa receives the Wilson Award!

2017-05-12 :

Melissa Revelle is a co-recipient of the 2016-2017 Wilson Award for the best PhD research and thesis in our Department. She receives a $5,000 check and her name inscribed in the plaque that names all previous award winners going back to the 1960’s. Congratulations Melissa!

Welcome to Zhenghao and Patrick

2017-05-02 :

We welcome two new graduate students to our group: Zhenghao Zhao and Patrick Bagge, both of whom have just finished their first year of graduate study. Welcome Zhenghao and Patrick!

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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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