Quantum and Ultracold Matter

Quantum matter is extensively explored at Rice, in both real materials and synthetic ultracold matter. These have properties – phases of matter and dynamics – that break traditional materials paradigms. These novel quantum phenomena can be harnessed for advanced sensing, communication, and computing.

Core Faculty Members

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Randall Hulet

Fayez Sarofim Professor


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Thomas Killian

Professor, Physics and Astronomy


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Emilia Morosan

Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, MSNE, and ECE

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Douglas Natelson

Professor, Department Chair of Physics and Astronomy Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor in Materials Science and NanoEngineering Fellow, Smalley-Curl Institute


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Junichiro Kono

Chair, Applied Physics Program Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor, Materials Science and Nanoengineering Professor, Physics and Astronomy


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Kaden Hazzard

Assistant Professor

Other Faculty Members

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Hanyu Zhu

William Marsh Rice Trustee Chair Assistant Professor


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Barry Dunning

Sam and Helen Worden Professor of Physics


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Matthew Foster

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy

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Andriy Nevidomskyy

Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy


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Guido Pagano

Assistant Professor, William Marsch Rice University