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    Oscillating currents point to practical application for topological insulators

    Scientists studying an exotic material have found a potential application for its unusual properties, a discovery that could improve devices found in most digital electronics. Under the right conditions the material, a compound called samarium hexaboride, is a topological insulator—something that conducts electricity on Read More
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    HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory Reveals New Look at the Very-high-energy Sky

    UMD physicists pioneered development of observatory that has located new high-energy sources in the universe and provided more detail on known sources in first year of full operation. Read More
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    Measuring the Magnetization of Wandering Spins

    The swirling field of a magnet—rendered visible by a sprinkling of iron filings—emerges from the microscopic behavior of atoms and their electrons. In permanent magnets, neighboring atoms align and lock into place to create inseparable north and south poles. For other materials, magnetism can Read More
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    Rogue rubidium leads to atomic anomaly

    The behavior of a few rubidium atoms in a cloud of 40,000 hardly seems important. But a handful of the tiny particles with the wrong energy may cause a cascade of effects that could impact future quantum computers. Some proposals for quantum devices use Read More
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    Characterizing Quantum Hall Light Zooming Around a Photonic Chip

    When it comes to quantum physics, light and matter are not so different. Under certain circumstances, negatively charged electrons can fall into a coordinated dance that allows them to carry a current through a material laced with imperfections. That motion, which can only occur Read More
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    Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction

    An international team of scientists that includes UMD physicists has opened an unprecedented new window on the universe with the first observation of ripples in the fabric of space-time. These ripples, known as gravitational waves, were generated by the colliding of two massive black Read More
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    New Material Becomes Invisible to Microwave Radiation with the Flip of a Switch

    University of Maryland physicists have developed a new cloaking material that can become transparent to microwave radiation with the flip of a switch. Because many wireless communication devices rely on microwaves, the new material could be used to design more efficient communications networks. Additionally, Read More
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    Sensitivity of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Improves

    A new set of calibration techniques has once again dramatically improved the sensitivity of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates nearly a mile underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Read More Read More
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    Shaking Bosons into Fermions

    Particles can be classified as bosons or fermions. A defining characteristic of a boson is its ability to pile into a single quantum state with other bosons. Fermions are not allowed to do this. One broad impact of fermionic anti-social behavior is that it Read More
  • 1 Oscillating currents point to practical application for topological insulators
  • 2 HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory Reveals New Look at the Very-high-energy Sky
  • 3 Measuring the Magnetization of Wandering Spins
  • 4 Rogue rubidium leads to atomic anomaly
  • 5 Characterizing Quantum Hall Light Zooming Around a Photonic Chip
  • 6 Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein’s Prediction
  • 7 New Material Becomes Invisible to Microwave Radiation with the Flip of a Switch
  • 8 Sensitivity of World’s Most Sensitive Dark Matter Detector Improves
  • 9 Shaking Bosons into Fermions
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