• Research News

    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
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    New Approach to Information Transfer Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

    Even though quantum computers are a young technology and aren’t yet ready for routine practical use, researchers have already been investigating the theoretical constraints that will bound quantum technologies. One of the things researchers have discovered is that there are limits to how quickly Read More
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    Neuromorphics for Network Discovery

    From neurons connected by axons to Facebook profiles connected by friendships, interaction networks lie all around us. In new work recently published in Physical Review X, Amitava Banerjee, Joseph D. Hart, Rajarshi Roy and Edward Ott  applied machine learning tools to formulate and test a new approach to Read More
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    Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform

    Scientists on the hunt for an unconventional kind of superconductor have produced the most compelling evidence to date that they’ve found one. In a pair of papers, researchers at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Quantum Materials Center (QMC) and colleagues have shown that uranium Read More
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    Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension

    Physicists love to do scattering experiments.  When they are trying to figure out a new force of nature, or discover a new particle, they fire up the accelerator and shoot tiny particles at their target, and measure what comes out.  Usually they carefully measure Read More
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    Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light

    Identical twins might seem “indistinguishable,” but in the quantum world the word takes on a new level of meaning. While identical twins share many traits, the universe treats two indistinguishable quantum particles as intrinsically interchangeable. This opens the door for indistinguishable particles to interact Read More
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    Two (Photons) is Company, Three’s a Crowd

    Photons—the quantum particles of light—normally don’t have any sense of personal space. A laser crams tons of photons into a tight beam, and they couldn’t care less that they are packed on top of each other. Two beams can even pass through each other Read More
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    Research Team Describes "Somersaulting" Photons

    Spinning or rotating objects are commonplace, from toy tops and fidget spinners to spinning figure skaters. And from water circling a drain to far less welcome tornadoes and hurricanes. In physics, there are two kinds of rotational motion, spin rotation or orbital rotation. Earth’s Read More
  • 1 Novel Design May Boost Efficiency of On-Chip Frequency Combs
  • 2 Foundational Step Shows Quantum Computers Can Be Better Than the Sum of Their Parts
  • 3 New Approach to Information Transfer Reaches Quantum Speed Limit
  • 4 Neuromorphics for Network Discovery
  • 5 Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform
  • 6 Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension
  • 7 Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light
  • 8 Two (Photons) is Company, Three’s a Crowd
  • 9 Research Team Describes "Somersaulting" Photons
  • Student Spotlight
  • Graduate Student Spotlight

Kate Sturge knew one thing for sure when she began her freshman year at the University of Maryland: she loved physics. So, when she received an email inviting her to apply for the First-Year Innovation and Research Experience (FIRE) program, she immediately searched for an option that would allow her to do physics research.

The Sturge sq junior physics and astronomy dual-degree student ultimately selected the Simulating Particle Detection (SPD) stream—one of FIRE’s 15 groups that offer first-year UMD students a faculty-mentored

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Before this summer, going to college seemed impossible to Casey Claveria, a rising senior at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A problem-solver at heart, Claveria was set on a career in STEM but did not know how to get there. A University of Maryland program called PROPEL—Physics Research Opportunity for Promoting Equity in Learning—changed that.

PROPEL aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in physics by exposing high school students to cutting-edge university research. When UMD’s Department

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Department News

  • Oct 13, 2021 UMD Physicists Elected APS Fellows Kaustubh Agashe, Mohammad Hafezi and Arpita Upadhyaya have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society. Agashe, who was cited for pioneering breakthroughs in holographic composite Higgs theory and phenomenology, and for inspiring numerous related experimental searches at the Large Hadron Collider, is a member of Read More
  • Oct 1, 2021 IonQ Joins the New York Stock Exchange On October 1, 2021, IonQ, a company founded on research based at the University of Maryland Department of Physics, joined the New York Stock Exchange. College Park Professor Chris Monroe is IonQ’s Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, and many Terp alumni hold positions in the company. Read More
  • Sep 7, 2021 John S. Toll Endowed Lecture in Physics Honors a Culture of Excellence, Curiosity and Collaboration John Toll (1923-2011) knew how to bring talented people together to build something bigger than themselves.  As chair of the University of Maryland’s Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1953 to 1965, Toll recruited dozens of top-tier scientists to catapult the department onto an international Read More
  • Sep 7, 2021 Research Projects Open Doors for High School Students Before this summer, going to college seemed impossible to Casey Claveria, a rising senior at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. A problem-solver at heart, Claveria was set on a career in STEM but did not know how to get there. A University of Read More
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