The Killian Research Group

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The Ultracold Atoms and Plasmas Group studies ultracold neutral plasmas and ultracold atomic gases. Both experiments start with laser-cooled and trapped neutral strontium. Laser-cooling is a powerful technique for producing and trapping atoms at temperatures as low as one millionth of a degree above absolute zero. Under these exotic conditions, matter behaves in fundamentally different ways, and the exploration of this regime teaches us about the basic laws of nature and lays the foundation for powerful new technological advances.

In early March 2011, the Killian lab moved to Brockman Hall, Rice's new physics building. Click here to view the video " Moving Giant Laser Table Intact", a high point of the move.

Click here ( to take a virtual tour of the lab or here to listen to Prof. Killian talk about the research.

Physics article on Bose-Einstein condensation of 84-Sr
Review of Cold Atoms and Molecules article "Degenerate Quantum Gases of Strontium" (2013)
Physical Review Article, "Ultra-long-range Rydberg molecules in a divalent atomic system"(2015) describes the creation of exotic dimer molecules formed of one Rydberg atom and one ground state atom in an ultracold gas of strontium.
Deep Freezing Plasmas, a profile and video of the ultracold plasmas experiment.
Physics Today article on Ultracold Neutral Plasmas(2010)
Phys. Plasmas, "Ion Holes in the Hydrodynamic Regime in Ultracold Neutral Plasmas"(2013)

Last updated on November 2015

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