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    IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

    An international team of scientists, with key contributions from researchers at the University of Maryland, has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos—ghostly subatomic particles that travel to Earth unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments Read More
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    Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-based Computing

    Transistors are tiny switches that form the bedrock of modern computing—billions of them route electrical signals around inside a smartphone, for instance. Quantum computers will need analogous hardware to manipulate quantum information. But the design constraints for this new technology are stringent, and today’s Read More
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    Quantum Gas Reveals First Signs of Path-bending Monopole

    Magnets, whether in the form of a bar, horseshoe or electromagnet, always have two poles. If you break a magnet in half, you’ll end up with two new magnets, each with its own magnetic north and south. But some physics theories predict the existence Read More
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    Searching for the Quantumness of Gravity

    Brian Swingle’s first passion was condensed-matter physics. As a graduate student, he performed calculations to uncover and understand new quantum phases of matter, such as topological insulators and spin liquids. But then Swingle signed up for a string theory class. There he realized that Read More
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    A New Way to Measure Energy in Microscopic Machines

    What drives cells to live and engines to move? It all comes down to a quantity that scientists call “free energy,” essentially the energy that can be extracted from any system to perform useful work. Without this available energy, a living organism would eventually Read More
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    Life at the Edge of the World

    What's it like living and working in Antarctica? Upon returning from a five-week trip to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, UMD graduate student Liz Friedman sat down with Chris and Emily to chat about her experience. In this episode, Friedman shares some of her Read More
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    New Research Reveals How Energy Dissipates Outside Earth’s Magnetic Field

    Earth’s magnetic field provides an invisible but crucial barrier that protects Earth from the solar wind—a stream of charged particles launched from the sun’s outer layers. The protective properties of the magnetic field can fail due to a process known as magnetic reconnection, which Read More
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    Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos

    The findings come from Professors Michelle Girvan and Edward Ott along with two other UMD collaborators. "They employed a machine-learning algorithm called reservoir computing to “learn” the dynamics of an archetypal chaotic system called the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation. The evolving solution to this equation behaves Read More
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    Atoms May Hum a Tune from Grand Cosmic Symphony

    Researchers playing with a cloud of ultracold atoms uncovered behavior that bears a striking resemblance to the universe in microcosm. Their work, which forges new connections between atomic physics and the sudden expansion of the early universe, will be published in Physical Review X Read More
  • 1 IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator
  • 2 Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-based Computing
  • 3 Quantum Gas Reveals First Signs of Path-bending Monopole
  • 4 Searching for the Quantumness of Gravity
  • 5 A New Way to Measure Energy in Microscopic Machines
  • 6 Life at the Edge of the World
  • 7 New Research Reveals How Energy Dissipates Outside Earth’s Magnetic Field
  • 8 Machine Learning’s ‘Amazing’ Ability to Predict Chaos
  • 9 Atoms May Hum a Tune from Grand Cosmic Symphony
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Summer 2018

Siddhartha Harmalkar

Congratulations to Siddhartha Harmalkar who has received the 2018 Society of Physics Students (SPS) Leadership Scholarship . The award recognizes outstanding academic achievements and exemplary leadership in the SPS community.  

Harmalkar is a junior at University of Maryland and studies math and physics.  He has been an

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Department News

  • Jul 3, 2018 Promotions Effective July, 2018 Michelle Girvan, who was promoted to the rank of Professor, works in the emerging area of network science, which focuses on complex connectivity patterns among interacting units and joins physics with the domains of mathematics, biology, environmental studies, economics, sociology, and psychology, among others. Her analysis Read More
  • Jun 22, 2018 Jack Wimberley Received Ph.D Thesis Award UMD graduate student Jack Wimberley is one of two recipients of the 2018 Ph.D. thesis awards given by the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at CERN. These awards recognize students for excellent theses and additional work over and above the central thesis topic that Read More
  • Jun 12, 2018 Physics Graduate Student Zachary Eldredge Awarded ARCS Scholarship The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation awarded two students from the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences with $15,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s scholars are physics graduate student Zachary Eldredge and chemistry graduate student Matthew Thum. Read More
  • May 11, 2018 Erik Blaufuss Wins Provost’s Excellence Award Research Scientist Erik Blaufuss has received the 2018 Provost’s Excellence Award for Professional Track Faculty in research.   Blaufuss has served as scientific analysis coordinator of IceCube, an NSF-sponsored scientific instrument in Antarctica in which 5,160 photoreceptors are embedded in a cubic kilometer of crystal-clear Read More
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JQI summer school
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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