Four Members of Physics Win Major Awards from the APS

Four members of the Department of Physics have won major awards from the American Physical Society, the nation's largest professional organization of physicists. The scientists are Gretchen Campbell, Christopher Monroe, Edward Redish and Ian Spielman; each honored in a different category.

Gretchen Campbell, Adjunct Assistant Professor, won the Maria Goeppert Mayer Award. She was chosen for “her pioneering contributions to the study of superfluidity in atomic-gas Bose-Einstein condensates, realizing atomic analogs to superconducting and superfluid liquid circuitry, including the use of weak links to create the first closed-circuit atomtronic devices.”

Campbell was an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Jun Ye's group at NIST, Boulder. She joined the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) as a Fellow in 2009 and currently runs two laboratories: one at NIST and one at UMD. At NIST, her lab studies superfluidity in an atomtronic circuit. Atomtronics is an emerging technology whereby atoms play the role of information carriers, analogous to electrons in conventional circuitry. Campbell’s lab has led the research progress in this area.

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New UMD Synthesis Method May Shape Future of Nanostructures, Clean Energy

New UMD Synthesis Method May Shape Future of Nanostructures, Clean Energy

A team of UMD physicists has published new nanoscience advances that they and other scientists say make possible new nanostructures and nanotechnologies with huge potential applications ranging from clean energy and quantum computing advances to new sensor development.

Published in the September 2 issue of Nature Communications, the Maryland scientists' primary discovery is a fundamentally new synthesis strategy for hybrid nanostructures that uses a connector, or "intermedium," nanoparticle to join multiple different nanoparticles into nanostructures that would be very difficult or perhaps even impossible to make with existing methods.

The resultant mix and match modular component approach avoids the limitations in material choice and nanostructure size, shape and symmetry that are inherent in the crystalline growth (epitaxial) synthesis approaches currently used to build nanostructures.

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Physics is Phun: out of the dark

Physics is Phun did it again! The department hosted another great show with over 550 guests from around the Washington DC metro area filling the lecture hall during two evening performances of Out of the Dark. The first of the 2014-2015 Physics is Phun series, this show brought to life the scientists, discoveries and inventions of electricity and magnetism from the past several centuries through the present.

An undergraduate physics student kicked off the program by sharing his current research on superconductors and then posed the question of how we got to the point where he could do his research on electrical properties of materials. The audience then embarked on a journey through time, making its way literally out of the dark, into the technologies of the present future.

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