His citation reads "For seminal contributions to basic research in
ultracold atomic physics, particularly on spinor Bose-Einstein
condensates, and dipolar and spin-orbit coupled quantum gases."
Han Pu received his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of
Rochester in 1999. After spending 3.5 years in the University of
Arizona as a postdoctoral research associate, he joined the faculty
in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy of Rice University in 2003.
His research lies in the field of theoretical ultra-cold atomic
physics, in which he studies the quantum properties of atoms and
molecules near absolute zero temperature.
One of the most profound revolutions brought about by quantum
mechanics is that it does away with the distinction between
particles and waves: atoms, in particular, can exhibit all the
properties that we associate with wave phenomena when cooled to
ultracold temperatures. The development of these ideas leads to the
emergence of the field of ultracold atomic physics, a highly
inter-disciplinary field with close ties to atomic physics, quantum
optics, quantum information and condensed matter physics. A salient
feature of the atomic systems lies in the fact that these systems
are very clean with great experimental controllability, such that
their properties can be exquisitely tailored and manipulated.
Several of Dr. Pu's current interests include: Many-body properties
of bosonic and fermionic gases; static and dynamic properties of
atoms in reduced spatial dimensions; quantum gases with long-range
dipolar interactions; artificial gauge field and spin-orbit coupling
in cold atoms; interaction between quantized light and cold atoms.
Learn more at his webpage http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~hpu/.