News from the Chair
How a Nanoparticle Could Solve Renewable Energy

Min Ouyang talks to The Diamond Back about what could be the next big thing in clean energy.

Quark Quartet Fuels Quantum Feud

Professor Thomas Cohen weighs in on the correct picture of matter at the quantum scale. (Quanta Magazine)

Sprangle Wins the 2014 Advanced Accelerator Concepts Prize

Professor Phillip Sprangle has won the 2014 Advanced Accelerator Concepts Prize (AAC). This prize is awarded every 2 years at the AAC workshop, which is the premiere (invitation-only) meeting in the world for new ideas in accelerator physics and applications. The AAC Prize consists of a cash award, plaque, certificate, and much recognition as the competition is fierce.

Phil Sprangle

Undergraduates Honored for their Thesis Work

Ike Uchenna Chukwu and Burkley Patterson were recently both named recipients of the 2014 IPST Monroe Martin Prize for Undergraduate Research in Physics.

Burkley's work was titled "Construction and Experiments with a Cavity QED system." He will be continuing his work, now as a graduate student, in Luis Orozco's Cavity QED experiment, which is supported by NSF.

Ike worked on a "Two-Dimensional Magneto-Optical Trap with Rubidium Atoms." His research was part of the "Atoms on Squids" experiment, which is supported by the NSF PFC@JQI.

Sprinkling Spin Physics onto a Superconductor
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Jay Sau, in collaboration with physicists from Harvard and Yale, has been studying the effects of embedding magnetic spins onto the surface of a superconductor. They recently report in paper that was chosen as an "Editor's Suggestion" in Physical Review Letters, that the spins can interact differently than previously thought. This hybrid platform could be useful for quantum simulations of complex spin systems, having the special feature that the interactions may be controllable, something quite unusual for most condensed matter systems.

The textbook quantum system known as a spin can be realized in different physical platforms. Due to advances in fabrication and imaging, magnetic impurities embedded onto a substrate have emerged as an exciting prospect for studying spin physics. Quantum ‘spin’ is related to a particle’s intrinsic angular momentum. What’s neat is that while the concept is fairly abstract, numerous effects in nature, such as magnetism, map onto mathematical spin models.

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