About Us


Our research is currently focused on the physics and applications of semiconductor nanostructures and quantum device structures. We use state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques to study charge, spin, and vibrational dynamics in a variety of nanostructures. The impact of our research includes: increased understanding of the quantum states and dynamics of interacting, confined, or strongly driven electrons in nanostructures; new spectroscopy techniques; novel device concepts and implementations (especially towards all-optical switches and spin-based devices); establishment of the quantum nature of semiconductor-light interaction; progress towards the solid-state realization of quantum information processing, computation and communications; and provision of a controlled environment in which to address unanswered questions in many-body physics.


  • Two 150 fs, 1.3 mJ and 1 kHz regenerative amplifiers (Clark-MXR, CPA-2010)
  • A 25 fs mode-locked Ti:Sapphire laser (Kapteyn-Murnane)
  • A 150 fs optical parametric amplifier with difference frequency generation (Quantronix, TOPAS)
  • A 5 W diode-pumped frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 laser (Spectra-Physics, Millenia)
  • A 5 W diode-pumped frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 laser (Coherent, Verdi)
  • A 100 fs mode-locked Ti:Sapphire laser (Coherent, Mira)
  • A 10 tesla superconducting magnet with optical windows (Oxford Instruments, SpectroMag)
  • A 9 tesla superconducting magnet with optical windows (Oxford Instruments, SpectroMag)
  • A Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer, 50 – 15000 cm-1 (JASCO, Model 660+)
  • Five 300 mm monochromators/spectrographs (Acton, SpectraPro 308)
  • A 150 mm monochromator/spectrograph (Acton, SpectraPro 150)
  • A 300 mm spectrometer (Instruments S.A., Triax-320)
  • Two 500 MHz 4-channel color digital oscilloscopes (Tektronix, TDS654C)
  • A FROG (frequency-resolved optical gating) (Swamp Optics)


 U.S. Department of Energy

 The Welch Foundation

 National Science Foundation 

Contact Us:

Mailing Address:
Rice University MS-378
PO Box 1892
Houston, Texas 77251-1892

Shipping Address:
6100 Main
Houston, Texas 77005-1892
Attention: Prof. Junichiro Kono

Email: “kono”@rice.edu

Kono Office Phone: (713)-348-3248
Staff Phone: (713) 348-6313
Office Fax: (713)-348-3091

We are located on the third floor of Brockman Hall for Physics in Rooms 322 and 324 at Rice University (map) in Houston, TX (map).

Directions to Rice University from airport (IAH Hobby).

Website Questions/Comments: mvb2@rice.edu

Relevant Links:


NSF PIRE TeraNano Center & NanoJapan IREU Program