• 1 Modified Superconductor Synapse Reveals Exotic Electron Behavior
  • 2 Pristine Quantum Light Source Created at the Edge of Silicon Chip
  • 3 LHC Scientists Finally Detect Most Favored Higgs Decay
  • 4 JQI Scientists Monroe and Gorshkov are Part of a New, $15 Million NSF Quantum Computing Project
  • 5 Complexity Test Offers New Perspective on Small Quantum Computers
  • 6 Chris Monroe Co-authors Piece on National Quantum Initiative - The Washington Times
  • 7 IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator
  • 8 Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-based Computing
  • 9 Quantum Gas Reveals First Signs of Path-bending Monopole
  • Outreach
  • Student Spotlight

Summer 2018

Congratulations to eight graduate students who have received awards from the Graduate School for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

Pablo Solano Palma
Dissertation Title:  "Quantum Optics in Optical Nanofibers:
Dissertation Advisor:  Professor Luis A. Orozco
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Department News

  • Sep 14, 2018 Peter Shawhan Awarded 2018 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize University of Maryland Professor Peter Shawhan received the 2018 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize during the campus’ annual Faculty and Staff Convocation ceremony on September 12, 2018. The prize, which provides a $5,000 stipend, recognizes a faculty member for a highly significant work of research, Read More
  • Sep 11, 2018 Ted Jacobson Named Distinguished University Professor Ted Jacobson has been named a University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor. This designation is the campus’ highest academic honor, reserved for those whose scholarly achievements “have brought distinction to the University of Maryland.” He was cited for his highly innovative work in black hole Read More
  • Sep 10, 2018 Congratulations to Assistant Professor Maissam Barkeshli for Receiving NSF CAREER Award Ten University of Maryland faculty members earned Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation in the past fiscal year. The five-year awards are the NSF’s most prestigious in support of junior faculty members who have the potential to serve as Read More
  • Sep 5, 2018 Juan Maldacena to Receive 2018 Prange Prize Juan Maldacena of the Institute for Advanced Study has been named the 2018 recipient of the Richard E. Prange Prize and Lectureship in Condensed Matter Theory and Related Areas. Dr. Maldacena will receive a $10,000 honorarium and deliver a public lecture entitled "Black Holes and Read More
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Upcoming Events

24 Sep
JQI Seminar
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
24 Sep
EPT Seminar
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
24 Sep
Biophysics Seminar
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
24 Sep
Space and Cosmic Ray Seminar
Mon, Sep 24, 2018 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
25 Sep
Informal Statistical Physics Seminar
Tue, Sep 25, 2018 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Maryland Day 2012 Pictures

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Volunteer Schedule

Below is the Physics MD Day volunteer schedule. Red slots still need to be filled; if you're available please e-mail Kate Sickles
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) your preferred event and shift. 

Event 9-10am (setup)  10-11am 11-12am 12-1pm 1-2pm 2-3pm 3-4pm

Physics is Phun: Catch the

Gravitational Wave-      

Radar Velocity

Think Quantum:  Lab Tours

  JQI - 
Physics Pottery Demonstration

    Lorraine DeSalvo,  Lorraine DeSalvo,  Lorraine DeSalvo    
Smoke Cannons

  Dan Lathrop

LN2 Ice cream

Cosmic Ray Tour

        Eun-Suk Seo,     

          Jimmy Williams  

Maryland Day 2014 Pictures

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Maryland Day Events

Join us for the 20th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Maryland Day is an exciting opportunity for prospective students and area residents to learn more about the University of Maryland. We hope you’ll join the Department of Physics on Science & Tech Way for the events listed below!

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Physics Front Lawn

Smoke Ring Cannon
Make giant smoke rings! Two cannons make for amazing motion when rings collide!

11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Physical Sciences Complex 

Think Quantum: Lab Tours
Discover the secrets of the universe as described by quantum mechanics, the physics revolution of the last 100 years. Learn about quantum computers of the future. See ultracold atoms, laser beams, liquid helium cooled superconductors and more. Tours leave from the main lobby.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Physics Front Lawn

Think Quantum:  Magnetic Levitation

See levitating superconductors, cooled by liquid nitrogen, zoom around a magnetic track.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

Radar Velocity 
Test your throwing ability at the Radar Velocity Detector Station.


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

1410-1412 John S. Toll Physics Building

Physics is Phun:  Catch the Gravitational Wave
Join us  before each show for hands-on demos.

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11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Physics Lobby

Physics of Pottery
Get behind the wheel with the Physics Pottery club! Learn about the Physics behind pottery while molding ceramic bowls and figurines.

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream
Bet you haven't had ice cream like this! This homemade specialty tastes great and is safe for all ages. Try it, while supplies last.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Physics Front Lawn

Cosmic Ray Lab Tour
Come on a virtual journey as we tour our cosmic ray lab. Together students, physicists and engineers work in the lab to build state-of-the-art particle detectors to fly on gigantic balloons in Antarctica.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Room 1201, Physics Toll Bldg.

Alford Ward Assistant Professor James Williams

Exploration of Synthetic Universes in Quantum Materials
New exotic materials offer physicists the ability to emulate things that may (or may not) exist in our universe. In this talk I will summarize recent experimental work at UMD to investigate these synthetic universes and to exploit their properties for future quantum technologies.

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