• Research News

    New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light

    Optical highways for light are at the heart of modern communications. But when it comes to guiding individual blips of light called photons, reliable transit is far less common. Now, a collaboration of researchers from the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), led by JQI Fellows Read More
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    Rare Decays Provide Hints of Particle Mischief

    Scientists cataloguing the disintegration of an ethereal particle may have spotted new signs of a subtle discrepancy in the Standard Model—the theory that wraps up all of particle physics in a single equation. The new measurement, performed at the Large Hadron Collider beauty experiment Read More
  • Research News

    Spheres of Attraction, Brought Together by Quantum Physics

    Researchers at the University of Maryland have made new measurements of a practically imperceptible effect, known as the Casimir force. In contrast to more familiar forces like gravitation, scientists didn’t even really know of its existence until Read More
  • Research News

    Narrow Glass Threads Synchronize the Light Emissions of Distant Atoms

    If you holler at someone across your yard, the sound travels on the bustling movement of air molecules. But over long distances your voice needs help to reach its destination—help provided by a telephone or the Internet. Atoms don’t yell, but they can share Read More
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    Quantum Simulators Wield Control Over More Than 50 Qubits, Setting New Record

    Two independent teams of scientists, including one from the Joint Quantum Institute, have used more than 50 interacting atomic qubits to mimic magnetic quantum matter, blowing past the complexity of previous demonstrations. The results appear in this week’s issue of Nature. As the basis Read More
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    High-altitude Observatory Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-matter

    UMD-led HAWC collaboration suggests dark matter as possible culprit A mountaintop observatory in Mexico, built and operated by an international team of scientists, has captured the first wide-angle view of gamma rays emanating from two rapidly spinning stars. The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov (HAWC) Gamma-Ray Observatory Read More
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    Neutron Star Merger Directly Observed for the First Time

    On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars—the dense, collapsed cores that remain after large stars die in a supernova explosion. The merger is the first cosmological event observed in both gravitational Read More
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    Gravitational Waves Detected a Fourth Time

    On August 14, 2017, at 10:30:43 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime—for the fourth time. The twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors—located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington—detected the gravitational wave event, named GW170814.  Read More
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    Turning Ions into Quantum Cats

    In Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, a cat seems to be both dead and alive—an idea that strains credulity. These days, cats still don't act this way, but physicists now regularly create analogues of Schrödinger's cat in the lab by smearing the microscopic quantum world Read More
  • 1 New Hole-Punched Crystal Clears a Path for Quantum Light
  • 2 Rare Decays Provide Hints of Particle Mischief
  • 3 Spheres of Attraction, Brought Together by Quantum Physics
  • 4 Narrow Glass Threads Synchronize the Light Emissions of Distant Atoms
  • 5 Quantum Simulators Wield Control Over More Than 50 Qubits, Setting New Record
  • 6 High-altitude Observatory Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-matter
  • 7 Neutron Star Merger Directly Observed for the First Time
  • 8 Gravitational Waves Detected a Fourth Time
  • 9 Turning Ions into Quantum Cats
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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
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Event 9-10am (setup)  10-11am 11-12am 12-1pm 1-2pm 2-3pm 3-4pm

Physics is Phun: Catch the

Gravitational Wave-      
(Hammer)

       
Radar Velocity
(Hammer, )
     
Think Quantum:  Lab Tours

  JQI - 
Physics Pottery Demonstration

    Lorraine DeSalvo,  Lorraine DeSalvo,  Lorraine DeSalvo    
Smoke Cannons

  Dan Lathrop

LN2 Ice cream
(SPS)

    SPS -       
Cosmic Ray Tour

        Eun-Suk Seo,     
Lecture

          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.

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.

10:00 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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