• Research News

    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
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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
  • 1 In a Smooth Move, Ions Ditch Disorder and Keep Their Memories
  • 2 Graphene’s Magic Act Relies on a Small Twist
  • 3 Novel Design May Boost Efficiency of On-Chip Frequency Combs
  • 4 Foundational Step Shows Quantum Computers Can Be Better Than the Sum of Their Parts
  • 5 New Approach to Information Transfer Reaches Quantum Speed Limit
  • 6 Neuromorphics for Network Discovery
  • 7 Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform
  • 8 Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension
  • 9 Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light
  • 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

  • Jan 14, 2022 Sau Named UMD Co-Director of JQI Associate Professor Jay Sau has been appointed the newest University of Maryland Co-Director of JQI. He assumed the role on January 1, 2022. “JQI has been a key part of my research environment since I started as a postdoc at Maryland in 2009,” says Sau, who Read More
  • Nov 30, 2021 Michael E. Fisher, 1931-2021 Michael Ellis Fisher, an eminent scientist whose interests spanned condensed matter theory, statistical mechanics, chemistry, mathematics and bioscience, died on November 26, 2021 at age 90. Born in Trinidad, Fisher received his Ph.D. in 1957 at King’s College, London. He worked there as a lecturer, Read More
  • Nov 18, 2021 Sankar Das Sarma Named Highly Cited Researcher Sankar Das Sarma has again been included on Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Das Sarma is the Richard E. Prange Chair of Physics, the Director of the Condensed Matter Theory Center and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute.  After receiving his Read More
  • Sep 16, 2021 Janet Das Sarma Memorial CMTC Conference Scheduled for December The 2021 Janet Das Sarma Memorial CMTC Conference, a scientific gathering in memory of Janet Das Sarma, will be held on Dec. 18, 2021, at The Hotel at UMD. For years, Janet played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the growth, development and success of the Read More
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