About Our Lab
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.
Splitting of nonlinear-Schrödinger breathers by linear and nonlinear localized potentials:
Parametric Excitation of a Bose-Einstein Condensate: From Faraday Waves to Granulation:
Measurement of the Dynamical Structure Factor of a 1D Interacting Fermi Gas:
Dissociation of One-Dimensional Matter-Wave Breathers due to Quantum Many-Body Effects:
Formation of matter-wave soliton trains by modulational instability:
1D-3D Crossover of a Spin-Imbalanced Fermi Gas:
Detecting π-phase superfluids with p-wave symmetry in a quasi-one-dimensional optical lattice:
Observation of antiferromagnetic correlations in the Hubbard model with ultracold atoms:
Danyel received a prize for the best presentation at the annual Smalley-Curl Institute Summer Research Colloquim for his presentation on p-wave pairing in one dimension.
We all thank Daniel for a great, productive summer working on making a polarimeter for 671nm light. We wish him success in his upcoming year studying abroad in Switzerland at EPFL.
We welcome Chengyuan Qian from the University of Science and Technology of China. He is a new PhD Student at Rice who will be working with the 3D lattice experiment to develop new techniques to spatially tune the chemical potential of the lattice.
We welcome Visal So, a new PhD student at Rice from the University of Oklahoma, to our group this summer. Visal will start working on a project to create a UV light source for a narrow linewidth MOT for the boson experiment.
We welcome Daniel Augusto Ortuño González, a summer student from Monterrey Tech, to our group this summer. Daniel will work on engineering a polarimeter that will help us analyze the exact polarization of 671nm light.
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Dept of Physics and Astronomy, MS-61
Houston, TX 77005
Brockman Hall for Physics
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