• 1 Four New Gravitational Wave Events Detected from Black Hole Mergers
  • 2 Fast-flowing electrons may mimic astrophysical dynamos
  • 3 Mountaintop Observatory Sees Gamma Rays from Exotic Milky Way Object
  • 4 Modified Superconductor Synapse Reveals Exotic Electron Behavior
  • 5 Pristine Quantum Light Source Created at the Edge of Silicon Chip
  • 6 LHC Scientists Finally Detect Most Favored Higgs Decay
  • 7 JQI Scientists Monroe and Gorshkov are Part of a New, $15 Million NSF Quantum Computing Project
  • 8 Complexity Test Offers New Perspective on Small Quantum Computers
  • 9 Chris Monroe Co-authors Piece on National Quantum Initiative - The Washington Times
  • Outreach
  • Student Spotlight

Donna Hammer at the MD STEM Festival 2018 On the MD STEM Festival Podcast, Donna Hammer and Oluchi Ofoha discuss the many outreach programs run by the University of Maryland Department of Physics. Listen here.

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Freddy Cisneros Physics graduate student Freddy Cisneros has been awarded the best oral presentation award in Physics and Astronomy at the annual SACNAS conference in San Antonio, Texas for his work on using machine learning to study rare events in

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Department News

  • Dec 5, 2018 Sankar Das Sarma and Ian Spielman Named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers Sankar Das Sarma and Ian Spielman join six other faculty members in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences included on Clarivate Analytics’ 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Sankar Das Sarma is a Richard E. Prange Read More
  • Nov 6, 2018 Sundrum Win APS Sakurai Prize The American Physical Society awarded its 2019 J.J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics to Raman Sundrum, a Distinguished University Professor of Physics at the University of Maryland. Sundrum’s collaborator on two key papers, Harvard University Physics Professor Lisa Randall, also received the award.  Sundrum Read More
  • Nov 6, 2018 Jarzynski Wins APS Onsager Prize The American Physical Society awarded its 2019 Lars Onsager Prize in Theoretical Statistical Physics, to Chris Jarzynski,  a Distinguished University Professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Department of Physics, and Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). Jarzynski will receive the Read More
  • Nov 5, 2018 UMD Alumnus Wins Breakthrough New Horizons Prize Aron Wall, who received his UMD Ph.D. in 2011, has been awarded the 2019 Breakthrough New Horizons in Physics Prize for fundamental insights about quantum information, quantum field theory and gravity. The $100,000 prize is given each year to up to three “promising junior researchers Read More
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Upcoming Events

29 Jan
Physics Colloquium
Tue, Jan 29, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
5 Feb
Physics Colloquium
Tue, Feb 5, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12 Feb
Physics Colloquium
Tue, Feb 12, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
19 Feb
Physics Colloquium
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
26 Feb
Physics Colloquium
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:00 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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