• Research News

    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
  • Research News

    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
  • Research News

    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
  • Research News

    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
  • Research News

    Sensing Atoms Caught in Ripples of Light

    Optical fibers are ubiquitous, carrying light wherever it is needed. These glass tunnels are the high-speed railway of information transit, moving data at incredible speeds over tremendous distances. Read More
  • Research News

    Space-based Experiment Will Tackle the Mysteries of Cosmic Rays

    On August 14, 2017, a groundbreaking University of Maryland-designed cosmic ray detector will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX-12 Commercial Resupply Service mission. The instrument, named ISS Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM), is roughly the size of a refrigerator and Read More
  • Research News

    Simulating the Quantum World with Electron Traps

    Quantum behavior plays a crucial role in novel and emergent material properties, such as superconductivity and magnetism. Unfortunately, it is still impossible to calculate the underlying quantum behavior, let alone fully understand it. Scientists of QuTech, the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft and Read More
  • Research News

    Proposed LHC Experiment Would Spot Invisible, Long-lived Particles

    More than 300 feet underground, looping underneath both France and Switzerland on the outskirts of Geneva, a 16-mile-long ring called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) smashes protons together at nearly the speed of light. Sifting through the wreckage, scientists have made some profound discoveries Read More
  • Research News

    Atomic cousins team up in early quantum networking node

    Large-scale quantum computers, which are an active pursuit of many university labs and tech giants, remain years away. But that hasn’t stopped some scientists from thinking ahead, to a time when quantum computers might be linked together in a network or a single quantum Read More
  • 1 High-altitude Observatory Sheds Light on Origin of Excess Anti-matter
  • 2 Neutron Star Merger Directly Observed for the First Time
  • 3 Gravitational Waves Detected a Fourth Time
  • 4 Turning Ions into Quantum Cats
  • 5 Sensing Atoms Caught in Ripples of Light
  • 6 Space-based Experiment Will Tackle the Mysteries of Cosmic Rays
  • 7 Simulating the Quantum World with Electron Traps
  • 8 Proposed LHC Experiment Would Spot Invisible, Long-lived Particles
  • 9 Atomic cousins team up in early quantum networking node
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Department News

  • Nov 8, 2017 Congressional hearing highlights need for quantum technology initiative On October 24, 2017, two Fellows of the Joint Quantum Institute and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science were among those that testified during a joint congressional committee hearing on the topic of American Leadership in Quantum Technology. Carl Williams and Christopher Read More
  • Oct 27, 2017 Ravi Kuchimanchi Awarded Sakharov Prize Alumnus Ravi Kuchimanchi (Ph.D., 1995) has been awarded the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize of the American Physical Society "for his continued research in physics while simultaneously advocating for global policies that reflect science; for leading sustainable development, human rights, and social justice efforts; and for Read More
  • Oct 12, 2017 Five UMD Physicists Elected APS Fellows Michelle Girvan, Wolfgang Losert, Johnpierre Paglione, Edo Waks and Jake Taylor have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society. Prof. Girvan was cited for seminal contributions to the nonlinear and statistical physics of complex networks, including characterization of network structures and dynamics, and interdisciplinary applications. She received Read More
  • Oct 3, 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Gravitational Wave Pioneers On October 3, 2017, the Nobel Committee for Physics announced the 2017 laureates for the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. Read More
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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 Tim Uher
(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
Discover Physics - Make & Take
(Hammer, Uher)
3ppl/hr
Fred Wellstood, Sudeep Dutta, Jack Touart, Shavi Premaratne Michael Boisclair, Alison Duck, Sudeep Dutta, Anh La Michael Boisclair, Hoyoung Kang, Anh La Michael Boisclair, Hoyoung Kang,  Michael Boisclair, Hoyoung Kang, Peter Zhou Kaustubh Deshpande, Colton Treadway, Peter Zhou Kaustubh Deshpande, Colton Treadway, Peter Shawhan
Discover Physics - Demos        
(Hammer, Uher) 3ppl/hr 
  Paul Neves, Eliot Hammer, Ted Einstein      Jeff Davis, Michael Greklek-McKeon, Sarah Kerr Jeff Davis, Michael Greklek McKeon, Alex Brunmayr Jeff Davis, Michael Greklek McKeon, Alex Brunmayr
Camp Activities
(Hammer, Uher)
2ppl/hr
  Allison Chen, Eric Ko Allison Chen, Eric Ko        
Radar Velocity
(Hammer, Uher)
  Tom Gleason, Tommy Gleason  Tom Gleason, Tommy Gleason Avi Kahn, Ben Jin Avi Kahn, Ben Jin Avi Kahn, Avi Kahn,
Glow Room (Hammer, Uher)           OSES
Think Quantum

  JQI - Chris Cesare, Sean Kelley, Kate Collins, Jake Smith, Alexey Gorshkov, Elizabeth Goldschmidt, Steve Rolston, Abhinav Deshpande, Zachary Eldredge, Alireza Seif, Steve Ragole, Meng-Chang Wu, Lauren Aycock, Dalia Ornelas, Don Fahey
Physics Pottery Demonstration

    Lorraine DeSalvo, Paulina Alejandro, Carole Wilkinson, Jacob Tosado, Mary Sutton, Margaret Lukomska, Lori Rolston, Judy Goldberg-Strassler, Lynette Alejandro,   Lorraine DeSalvo, Paulina Alejandro, Carole Wilkinson, Jacob Tosado, Mary Sutton, Margaret Lukomska, Lori Rolston, Judy Goldberg-Strassler, Lynette Alejandro,  Lorraine DeSalvo, Paulina Alejandro, Carole Wilkinson, Jacob Tosado, Manuel Alejandro, Mary Sutton, Margaret Lukomska, Lori Rolston, Judy Goldberg-Strassler, Lynette Alejandro,    
Smoke Cannons

  Dan Lathrop

LN2 Ice cream
(SPS)

    SPS - Kevin Cheriyan, Maya Amouzegar, Bill Yang, Sarah Kerr, Sarah Monk, Joey Smiga, Jon San Miguel,       
Cosmic Ray Tour

        Eun-Suk Seo, RyuSung Weinmann, Christiane Ebongue, Devon Seymour, Thomas Mernik, Lillian Hagenau, Shawn Rosofsky, Nathan Anthony, John Silk, Mike Nester, Steven Morton, Lucy Lu, Ki Chun Kim    
LIGO Talk

          Peter Shawhan  

Maryland Day 2014 Pictures

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Maryland Day Events

Join us for the 19th annual Maryland Day to explore our world of fearless ideas on Saturday, April 29, 2017, 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!

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

Think Quantum 
Discover the secrets of the universe as described by quantum mechanics, the physics revolution of the last 100 years. Come hear and see how photons behave both like particles of light and waves of electromagnetic energy.  Learn about quantum computers of the future. See magnetic levitation, possible because of superconductors.

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

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

 

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

1410-1412 John S. Toll Physics Building

Physics is Phun
The Physics of Fantastic Worlds:  From Star Wars to Harry Potter

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

Liquid Nitrogen Ice-Cream
You've had 31 flavors, but we bet you haven't had ice cream like this! Our homemade Physics specialty tastes great and is safe for children of all ages -- come 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.

Distinguished University Professor Raman Sundrum and Dr. David Curtin

Recreating the Big Bang......Again and Again and Again
Where did all the Matter in the Universe come from, all the atoms making up people, planets and stars, as well as the more mysterious non-atomic Dark Matter? The answer hinges on the "war" of annihilation between Matter and Antimatter soon after the Big Bang, but the precise story at first seems lost in the ancient past. Fortunately, modern particle physics experiments, such as the CERN Laboratory's Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, are able to recreate some of the extreme conditions of the very early Universe. We will introduce you to some of the latest theoretical ideas and experimental innovations, developed at the University of Maryland and elsewhere, that might allow us to replay the first key instants of creation to find out just what happened.

 

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