• Research News

    Quantum Computers Are Starting to Simulate the World of Subatomic Particles

    There is a heated race to make quantum computers deliver practical results. But this race isn't just about making better technology—usually defined in terms of having fewer errors and more qubits, which are the basic building blocks that store quantum information. At least for Read More
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    Bilayer Graphene Inspires Two-Universe Cosmological Model

    Physicists sometimes come up with crazy stories that sound like science fiction. Some turn out to be true, like how the curvature of space and time described by Einstein was eventually borne out by astronomical measurements. Others linger on as mere possibilities or mathematical Read More
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    New Perspective Blends Quantum and Classical to Understand Quantum Rates of Change

    There is nothing permanent except change. This is perhaps never truer than in the fickle and fluctuating world of quantum mechanics. The quantum world is in constant flux. The properties of quantum particles flit between discrete, quantized states without any possibility of ever being Read More
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    Tug-of-War Unlocks Menagerie of Quantum Phases of Matter

    Phases are integral to how we define our world. We navigate through the phases of our lives, from child to teenager to adult, chaperoned along the way by our changing traits and behaviors. Nature, too, undergoes phase changes. Lakes can freeze for the winter, Read More
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    Enhancing Simulations of Curved Space with Qubits

    One of the mind-bending ideas that physicists and mathematicians have come up with is that space itself—not just objects in space—can be curved. When space curves (as happens dramatically near a black hole), sizes and directions defy normal intuition. Something as straightforward as defining Read More
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    In a Smooth Move, Ions Ditch Disorder and Keep Their Memories

    A Persian adage, notably wielded by Abe Lincoln(link is external) and the band OK Go(link is external), expresses the ephemeral nature of the world: “This, too, shall pass.” Physicists have their own version of this rule. It says that wiggles and wrinkles—really any small Read More
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    Graphene’s Magic Act Relies on a Small Twist

    Carbon is not the shiniest element, nor the most reactive, nor the rarest. But it is one of the most versatile. Carbon is the backbone of life on earth and the fossil fuels that have resulted from the demise of ancient life. Carbon is Read More
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    Novel Design May Boost Efficiency of On-Chip Frequency Combs

    On the cover of the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, a prism splits a ray of light into all the colors of the rainbow. This multicolored medley, which owes its emergence to the fact that light travels as a wave, is Read More
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    Foundational Step Shows Quantum Computers Can Be Better Than the Sum of Their Parts

    Pobody’s nerfect—not even the indifferent, calculating bits that are the foundation of computers. But College Park Professor Christopher Monroe’s group, together with colleagues from Duke University, have made progress toward ensuring we can trust the results of quantum computers(link is external) even when they are Read More
  • 1 Quantum Computers Are Starting to Simulate the World of Subatomic Particles
  • 2 Bilayer Graphene Inspires Two-Universe Cosmological Model
  • 3 New Perspective Blends Quantum and Classical to Understand Quantum Rates of Change
  • 4 Tug-of-War Unlocks Menagerie of Quantum Phases of Matter
  • 5 Enhancing Simulations of Curved Space with Qubits
  • 6 In a Smooth Move, Ions Ditch Disorder and Keep Their Memories
  • 7 Graphene’s Magic Act Relies on a Small Twist
  • 8 Novel Design May Boost Efficiency of On-Chip Frequency Combs
  • 9 Foundational Step Shows Quantum Computers Can Be Better Than the Sum of Their Parts
  • Student Spotlight
  • Graduate Student Spotlight

When University of Maryland senior physics majors Ela Rockafellow and Kate Sturge entered the lecture hall of their honors math course freshman year, they quickly realized they were two of three women in a room of about 25 people.

All through high school, Rockafellow noticed how the number of women, gender minorities and students of color diminished in her advanced STEM classes, especially physics and math. When she asked her friends why their passion for science had faded, they told

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Physics can sometimes come across as the business of cold, calculating geniuses. But it can often be joyful, fun, competitive, engaging and more. Physicists are normal people and each of them has a unique and evolving relationship with their discipline. 

University of Maryland physics graduate student Michael Winer has had a relationship with physics—and physics at UMD in particular—since he was a kid. He first came to UMD as a high school student pursuing his competitive spirit when physics was

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Department News

  • Jun 9, 2022 Sylvester James Gates, Jr. Returns to UMD Faculty as Clark Leadership Chair in Science Sylvester James Gates, Jr., a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the National Medal of Science, will rejoin the University of Maryland faculty on July 1, 2022. He will hold the Clark Leadership Chair in Science and a joint appointment in Read More
  • Jun 2, 2022 UMD Leads Quest for Better Detectors The discovery of the Higgs boson, announced on July 4, 2012 by researchers working at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), was a landmark in understanding fundamental particles and their interactions. Afterward, François Englert and Peter Higgs received the Nobel Prize in Physics for predicting the existence Read More
  • May 24, 2022 New Company Adds to College Park Quantum Ecosystem A new College Park-based company founded by a University of Maryland professor further solidifies the area’s status as a global hotspot for quantum-related start-ups. Quantum Catalyzer (Q-Cat) was created by Ronald Walsworth, a serial entrepreneur and director of UMD’s Quantum Technology Center. The company’s mission Read More
  • May 23, 2022 Bennewitz Receives DOE Fellowship Elizabeth Bennewitz, a first-year physics graduate student, has received a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship(link is external). Bennewitz is one of 33 recipients in 2022—the largest number of students this program has ever selected in a year. The fellowships provide financial support, including Read More
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