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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

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!

MURI Grant on Topological Matter

2017-05-02 :

We have been awarded a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Army. The grant funds a team of scientists from UC-Santa Barbara, Columbia, UC-Berkely, University of Pittsburgh, Caltech, as well as our group at Rice to perform research on topological matter. The tile of our project is: “Abelian bridge to nonabelian anyons in ultra-cold atoms and graphene”.

New paper on the formation of soliton trains!

2017-04-28 :

Jason, Henry, and Randy’s manuscript on the formation of soliton trains by quenching the interactions of a repulsively interacting BEC to an attractive one has been published! This work provides new insight on how and why neighboring solitions repel one another.

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!

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