Han Pu

Associate Professor

Department: Physics and Astronomy

Office Phone: (713) 348-3570

Website: http://www.owlnet.rice.edu/~hpu

Research Areas

Research Description

Prof. Pu's research interest lies in the field of theoretical ultracold atomic physics, which covers different aspects of Bose-Einstein condensates, degenerate Fermi gases, and quantum optics.  Quantum mechanics rules in the regime of ultracold temperature.  Furthermore, due to the presence of interactions between atoms, collective and emergent behavior are displayed by an ensemble of ultracold atoms.  Our goal is to study the novel properties of such atoms --- from a single atom to many atoms, and investigate the ways to create, manipulate and probe them.   

To this end, he employs the state-of-the-art analytical and numerical techniques to solve the problem. The study of ultracold atoms sheds new light into the quantum properties of matter, and has intimate connections to many other fields of physics, such as condensed matter physics, quantum information, and quantum field theory.


Born in China, Pu took undergraduate study in the University of Science and Technology of China, before completing his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at the University of Rochester, in 1999. He continued research as a postdoctoral research associate in the University of Arizona, before joining Rice University as an assistant professor in 2003.  In 2010, he was promoted to associate professor with tenure.  In 2013, he was elected as a fellow of the American Physical Society.  

Selected Publications

1. L. Dong, L. Zhou, B. Wu, R. Balasubramanian, and H. Pu, "Cavity-assisted dynamical spin-orbit coupling in cold atoms", Phys. Rev. A 89, 011602(R) (2014). 


2. L. Dong, L. Jiang, H. Hu, and H. Pu, "Finite-momentum dimer bound state in a spin-orbit-coupled Fermi gas ", Phys. Rev. A 87, 053619 (2013).


3. H. Lu, L. O. Baksmaty, C. J. Bolech and H. Pu, “Expansion of 1D polarized superfluids: the Fulde-Ferrell-Larkin-Ovchinnikov state reveals itself”,  Phys. Rev. Lett 108, 225302 (2012).


4. H. Hu, B. Ramachandhran, H. Pu, and X.-J. Liu, “Spin-orbit coupled weakly interacting Bose-Einstein condensates in harmonic traps”, Phys. Rev. Lett 108, 010402 (2012).


5. H. Hu, L. Jiang, X.-J. Liu and H.Pu, "Probing anisotropic superfluidity in atomic Fermi gases with Rashba spin-orbit coupling", Phys. Rev. Lett 107, 195305 (2011).


6. L. O. Baksmaty, H. Lu, C. J. Bolech and H. Pu, "Concomitant modulated superfluidity in polarized Fermi gases", Phys. Rev. A 83, 023604 (2011).


7. T. Miyakawa, T. Sogo and H. Pu, “Phase space deformation of a trapped dipolar Fermi gas”, Phys. Rev. A 77, 061603 (2008).


8. S. Yi and H. Pu, “Spontaneous spin textures in dipolar spinor condensates”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 020401 (2006).


Recent Publications