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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

External Collaborators (past 48 months):

Alexey A. Belyanin, Texas A&M University

Jonathan P. Bird, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York

Scott A. Crooker, Stephen A. McGill, Charles H. Mielke & Dmitry Smirnov, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Stephen K. Doorn, Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Jeffery A. Fagan & Ming Zheng, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Manfred Helm, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, Germany

Yong-Sik Lim, Konkuk University, Korea

Wei Pan, Sandia National Laboratory

Riichiro Saito, Tohoku University

Christopher J. Stanton, University of Florida

Masayoshi Tonouchi, Osaka University

Ki-Ju Yee, Chungnam National University, Korea


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"

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: "gsolis"


Relevant Links:


NSF PIRE TeraNano Center & NanoJapan IREU Program