Randall G. Hulet

Bio Outline


  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials


  • Rice University
Department of Physics & Astronomy


  • United States


PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS (Physics), Stanford University


Randall Hulet is a condensed matter physicist whose group investigates atoms at temperatures as low as a few nano-kelvin – just a few billionths of a degree above absolute zero – and the strange and fascinating effects of quantum mechanics that alter normal atomic behaviour in those conditions.

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. Their current interests lie in the realization of fundamental models of condensed matter, using ultracold atoms confined by optical lattices and in the presence of disordered potentials, as well as the study of few-body physics of bosons with resonant interactions.


Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics, 2011

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2003

Relevant Publications

Bradley, C.C. et al. "Evidence of Bose-Einstein Condensation in an Atomic Gas with Attractive Interactions." Phys. Rev. Lett. 75 (August 1995): 1687.