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:

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.

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. arXiv:1605.06986 (2016). PDF

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:


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.

New Paper Published

2015-12-09 :

We are pleased to announce that our recent paper “Phase Diagram of a Strongly-Interacting Spin-Imbalanced Fermi Gas” has been published in Physical Review A.

Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic Physics

2015-10-05 :

Randy is the 2016 recipient of the Davisson-Germer Prize in Atomic Physics, awarded by the American Physical Society! Randy will receive the Prize in May 2016 at the annual DAMOP meeting in Providence, Rhode Island.

Welcome the addition of undergraduate summer interns to our group!

2015-06-30 :

We welcome the addition of undergraduate summer interns Shanel Wu (Harvey Mudd College), Kevin Roux (Ecole sup’Optique), and Zeren Lin (Peking University) to our group!

Post-doc Ben Olsen great success in his new position with AO Sense!

2015-06-29 :

We wish former post-doc Ben Olsen great success in his new position with AO Sense!

Pedro received the Rice Wilson Award for 2014.

2015-03-30 :

We applaud Pedro Duarte who received the Rice University Department of Physics and Astronomy Wilson Award for 2014. The Wilson Award recognizes the most outstanding Ph.D. research in the Department.

AFM Correlation in the Hubbard model

2015-02-28 :

Our paper on aniferromagnetic correlation in the Hubbard model is published in Nature

Here are some web stories about this work:

Collisions of matter-wave solitons

2014-12-30 :

Our paper on collisions of matter-wave solitons is published in Nature Physics.

A summary of our work is available at

Pedro Duarte for successfully defending his PhD thesis.

2014-09-30 :

We congratulate Pedro Duarte for successfully defending his PhD thesis, entitled “Observation of Antiferromagnetic Correlations in the Fermi-Hubbard Model”, and wish him well in his new job at Intel, in Portland, OR

Russ Hart heads to AOSense

2014-08-01 :

We congratulate former post-doc Russ Hart on his new position at AOSense. We hope it goes great!

Paul Dyke's new position

2014-02-01 :

We wish the best to Paul Dyke who is headed down-under for a faculty position at Swinburne University.

Centennial Campaign

2013-09-01 :

Rice University’s Brockman Hall for Physics was one of the signature gifts to the Wiess School of Natural Sciences during the university’s Centennial Campaign. Randy Hulet, the Fayez Sarofim Professor of Physics and Astronomy, discusses the positive impact the facility has had on his and his colleagues’ work.

MURI Grant

2013-07-01 :

The Hulet Group received a MURI grant from the US Army to study nonequilibrium dynamics of cold atoms confined to optical lattices. Their particular focus will be on quantum gases of fermionic lithium in one dimension.

Kevin E. Strecker Award

2012-11-01 :

In memory of Kevin Strecker, who earned his Ph.D. from the Rice University Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2004, the Kevin E. Strecker Award has been established to recognize the most outstanding Master’s thesis each year. Funds are being raised to endow the award.

Move into new lab

2011-06-01 :

Experiments back up and running after moving from the Space Science building to the new Brockman Hall for Physics.

Begin of the move

2011-03-01 :

The experiment tables of the AMO labs begin moving into Brockman Hall.

Willis E. Lamb Award

2011-01-01 :

Professor Hulet is a winner of the 2011 Willis E. Lamb Award “for Laser Science and Quantum Optics for pioneering studies of ultra cold Bose and Fermi systems and their application to the understanding of fundamental processes.”

Breakthrough of the Year

2010-12-01 :

1D Fermion Quantum Simulator work named runner up in Science for “Breakthrough of the Year”! Randy was also featured in an interview about this in the Houston Chronicle.

New Paper Published

2010-09-30 :

Our paper on a 1D imbalanced Fermi gas is published in Nature.

New Paper Published

2010-09-08 :

Our paper on dissipative flow of a BEC in a random potential is published in Physical Review A.

Picture of the day

2010-02-01 :

An image created using a degenerate mixuter of lithium 6 and lithium 7, contrasting the fundamental difference between Bosons and Fermions is once again featured as NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Review of Efimov physics

2010-01-01 :

Ferlaino and Grimm review the field: Forty Years of Efimov physics: How a bizarre prediction turned into a hot topic, Physics 3, 9 (2010). Media devours Efimov physics! Here’s one story from Arstechnica.

Quantum trios

2009-12-02 :

“Rice physicists find reappearing quantum trios”. Study of ultracold atoms proves theory about universal quantum mechanism. Perspective by G. Modugno published in Science 16 Dec 2009

Bragg scattering

2009-12-01 :

“Detecting antiferromagnetism of atoms in an optical lattice via optical Bragg scattering” accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. A.

New Paper Published

2009-11-19 :

Scott and Dan’s paper “Universality in Three and Four-Body Bound States of Ultracold Atoms” published in Science.

Crystal Simulator

2009-09-01 :

Rice lead team awarded $5M for light-based crystal simulator.

Science Watch

2007-03-01 :

A Hulet group publication recently ranked by Science Watch as one of the top 10 “Red-Hot” research papers of 2006 Adrian Cho recently recapped the history of degenerate Fermi-gas experiments in Science magazine, including coverage of the spin-imbalance experiments in our group and giving an outlook on future prospects in the field.

The Science of Ultra Cold

2006-01-16 :

Professor Hulet gave a talk on January 16, 2006 titled “The Science of the Ultra Cold”, which was filmed at the Historic Wheeler Opera House in the Aspen Center for Physics.

Spin Imbalanced Fermi Gas

2006-01-01 :

Superconductors form when two electrons, one spin-up and one spin-down, pair up. What happens when there are more spin-up particles than there are spin-down particles?

BEC of fermionic pairs

2005-07-07 :

A Bose-Einstein condensate of fermionic atom pairs has been created. The nature of the pairs has been investigated from the BEC to the BCS regions of a Feschbach resonance using optical molecular spectroscopy.

Creating Bosonic Molecules from Fermionic Atoms

2003-08-22 :

Bosonic molecules have been created from fermionic atoms of lithium 6 through an adiabatic sweep through a Feshbach resonance.

Observation of Bright Solitons

2002-05-09 :

Bright solitons, composed of Bose-Einstein Condensates of lithium 7, have been observed in a single-beam optical trap. Repulsive interactions between neighboring solitons are inferred from their motion in the trap.

Dual Quantum Degeneracy

2001-03-01 :

Dual quantum degeneracy has been achieved in a mixture of trapped ultra-cold bosons and fermions.