About Us

Research:

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.

Equipment:

  • 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 tunable Mid-IR quantum cascade laser (DAYLIGHT Solutions)
  • A 10 tesla superconducting magnet with optical windows (Oxford Instruments, SpectroMag)
  • A 9 tesla superconducting magnet with optical windows (Oxford Instruments, SpectroMag)
  • A 30 tesla table-top pulsed magnet (RAMBO1)
  • A 30 tesla table-top pulsed magnet (RAMBO2)
  • 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)

Sponsors:

 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 Street
Brockman Hall #352
Houston, Texas 77005-1892
Attention: Prof. Junichiro Kono

Email: kono@rice.edu

Kono Office Phone: (713)-348-2209
Staff Phone: (713) 348-6313
Office Fax: (713)-348-3091

Directions:
Our labs and offices are housed in Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University (map) in Houston, TX (map).

Directions to Rice University from airport (IAH Hobby).

Website Questions/Comments: as115@rice.edu

Relevant Links:

RAMBO

NSF PIRE TeraNano Center & NanoJapan IREU Program