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    Programmable ions set the stage for general-purpose quantum computers

    Quantum computers promise speedy solutions to some difficult problems, but building large-scale, general-purpose quantum devices is a problem fraught with technical challenges. To date, many research groups have created small but functional quantum computers. By combining a handful of atoms, electrons or superconducting junctions, Read More
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    Trailing the Photons from Neutron Decay

    A high-precision measurement of the photons emitted by neutron decays brings researchers closer to a new test of the standard model. The research, with contributions from UMD Researchers including, Research Scientist and UMD lead  Herbert Breuer, Professor Elizabeth Beise, Alumna Kristin Kiriluk and Affiliate Professors Read More
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    Ultra-cold atoms may wade through quantum friction

    Theoretical physicists studying the behavior of ultra-cold atoms have discovered a new source of friction, dispensing with a century-old paradox in the process. Their prediction, which experimenters may soon try to verify, was reported recently in Physical Review Letters. The friction afflicts certain arrangements Read More
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    Dormant Black Hole Eats Star, Becomes X-ray Flashlight

    A team of University of Michigan and University of Maryland researchers, including Physics' Lixin Dai, is the first to catch x-ray echoes of a tidal disruption event. Their paper, “Relativistic Reverberation in the Accretion Flow of a Tidal Disruption Event,” is published in  Nature. Read More
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    Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes

    Both of the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors—located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington—detected the gravitational wave event, named GW151226. The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) and the Virgo Collaboration used data from the twin LIGO detectors to make the discovery, which is Read More
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    Tiny Diamonds Could Enable Huge Advances in Nanotechnology

    Nanomaterials have the potential to improve many next-generation technologies. They promise to speed up computer chips, increase the resolution of medical imaging devices and make electronics more energy efficient. But imbuing nanomaterials with the right properties can be time consuming and costly. A new, Read More
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    Disorder Grants a Memory to Quantum Spins

    Nature doesn’t have the best memory. If you fill a box with air and divide it in half with a barrier, it’s easy to tell molecules on the left from molecules on the right. But after removing the barrier and waiting a short while, Read More
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    Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump

    The idea of a pump is at least as old as the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist Archimedes. More than 2000 years ago, Archimedes allegedly invented a corkscrew pump (link is external) that could lift water up an incline with the turn of a Read More
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    Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun

    Most people do not give much thought to the Earth’s magnetic field, yet it is every bit as essential to life as air, water and sunlight. The magnetic field provides an invisible, but crucial, barrier that protects Earth from the sun’s magnetic field, which Read More
  • 1 Programmable ions set the stage for general-purpose quantum computers
  • 2 Trailing the Photons from Neutron Decay
  • 3 Ultra-cold atoms may wade through quantum friction
  • 4 Dormant Black Hole Eats Star, Becomes X-ray Flashlight
  • 5 Gravitational Waves Detected from Second Pair of Colliding Black Holes
  • 6 Tiny Diamonds Could Enable Huge Advances in Nanotechnology
  • 7 Disorder Grants a Memory to Quantum Spins
  • 8 Quantum Cycles Power Cold-atom Pump
  • 9 Space Mission First to Observe Key Interaction Between Magnetic Fields of Earth and Sun
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Please join us in congratulating Gina Quan, Joshua Wood, and Zachary Eldredge, who were awarded the Graduate School's 2016 Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award. The Graduate School established this new award to recognize and honor the outstanding contributions that Graduate Assistants provide to students, faculty, departments, administrative units, and the University as a whole. The award conveys the honor of being named among the top 2% of campus Graduate Assistants in a given year.

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Department News

  • Aug 18, 2016 Katharine Gebbie: 1932-2016 Katharine Gebbie, founding Director of the Physical Measurement Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), died on August 17, 2016. Katharine spent her career at NIST, where she oversaw the Read More
  • Aug 16, 2016 Summer Program Exposes Students to Physics WJLA talks to Donna Hammer about the University of Maryland Physics Department Summer Outreach Programs. Read More
  • Aug 16, 2016 Gates Awarded a Wilson H. Elkins Professorship Sylvester James "Jim" Gates, Jr. was awarded the 2017 Wilson H. Elkins Professorship from the University System of Maryland (USM). The Elkins Professorships support professors and researchers who demonstrate exemplary ability to inspire Read More
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