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    High-resolution Imaging Technique Maps out an Atomic Wave Function

    Overlapping Laser Beams Offer a New Way to Extract A Quantum System's Essential Information From NIST News JQI researchers have demonstrated a new way to obtain the essential details that describe an isolated quantum system, such as a gas of atoms, through direct observation. The new method gives Read More
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    Radioactive Material Detected Remotely Using Laser-induced Electron Avalanche Breakdown

    New method developed by UMD researchers could be scaled up to improve security at ports of entry Physicists at the University of Maryland have developed a powerful new method to detect radioactive material. By using an infrared laser beam to induce a phenomenon known Read More
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    Ion experiment aces quantum scrambling test

      Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute have implemented an experimental test for quantum scrambling, a chaotic shuffling of the information stored among a collection of quantum particles. Their experiments on a group of seven atomic ions, reported in the March 7 issue of Read More
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    Researchers Develop First Fabric to Automatically Cool or Insulate Depending on Conditions

    Physics Professor Min Ouyang and Biochemistry Professor YuHuang Wang have created a fabric that dynamically regulates heat passing through it. Despite decades of innovation in fabrics with high-tech thermal properties that keep marathon runners cool or alpine hikers warm, there has never been a Read More
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    Glass Fibers and Light Offer New Control Over Atomic Fluorescence

    Electrons inside an atom whip around the nucleus like satellites around the Earth, occupying orbits determined by quantum physics. Light can boost an electron to a different, more energetic orbit, but that high doesn’t last forever. At some point the excited electron will relax Read More
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    Cold Atoms Offer a Glimpse of Flat Physics

     In a pair of papers published this week in Physical Review Letters, Physics researcher and JQI Fellow Alexey Gorshkov, along with several collaborators, proposed new ways of studying flat physics.  Read More
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    Researchers Measure Casimir Torque for the First Time

    Physics researchers and members of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics worked with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to measure for the first time an effect that was predicted more than 40 years ago, called the Casimir torque.   Read More
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    Four New Gravitational Wave Events Detected from Black Hole Mergers

      The Virgo Collaboration and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, which includes UMD Physics Professors Peter Shawhan and Alessandra Buonanno, announced the detection of four new gravitational wave events from black hole mergers. (Image: LIGO-Virgo/Frank Elavsky/Northwestern) Read More
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    Fast-flowing electrons may mimic astrophysical dynamos

    A powerful engine roils deep beneath our feet, converting energy in the Earth’s core into magnetic fields that shield us from the solar wind. Similar engines drive the magnetic activity of the sun, other stars and even other planets—all of which create magnetic fields Read More
  • 1 High-resolution Imaging Technique Maps out an Atomic Wave Function
  • 2 Radioactive Material Detected Remotely Using Laser-induced Electron Avalanche Breakdown
  • 3 Ion experiment aces quantum scrambling test
  • 4 Researchers Develop First Fabric to Automatically Cool or Insulate Depending on Conditions
  • 5 Glass Fibers and Light Offer New Control Over Atomic Fluorescence
  • 6 Cold Atoms Offer a Glimpse of Flat Physics
  • 7 Researchers Measure Casimir Torque for the First Time
  • 8 Four New Gravitational Wave Events Detected from Black Hole Mergers
  • 9 Fast-flowing electrons may mimic astrophysical dynamos
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Kevin Qian of Montgomery Blair High School placed 2nd in the Physics and Astronomy category at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2019 with his research topic “Heisenberg-Scaling Measurement Protocol for Analytic Functions with Quantum Sensor

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Maryland Day 2019 was a huge success! 

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Department News

  • Jun 12, 2019 Doug Currie Comments on Lunar Laser Ranging Retroreflector Arrays in Eos In an Eos article titled, "Seeing the Light," UMD Physics Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus Doug Currie describes the current retroreflectors installed on the Moon and his proposal to send a new module as part of an upcoming lunar mission. The article details how retroreflectors installed Read More
  • Jun 10, 2019 Professor Julie McEnery Discusses CTA and Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope in SciTech Europa  In an interview with SciTech Europa, Fermi Project Scientist at the Astroparticle Physics Laboratory, Astrophysics Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and University of Maryland Adjunct Associate Professor Julie McEnery answers questions about the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA) and its impact on astrophysics. She also explores the integration of Fermi Gamma Read More
  • Jun 6, 2019 Gaurang Yodh (1928 - 2019) Gaurang Yodh, a University of Maryland physics professor from 1961-88, died on June 3 at the age of 90. Yodh earned his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1955, working with Herb Anderson and Enrico Fermi. After appointments at Stanford, the Tata Institute and Read More
  • May 30, 2019 Hafezi Named Finalist for Blavatnik Award Mohammad Hafezi has been named a finalist for the 2019 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. He is one of 31 researchers competing for three Blavatnik National Laureate Awards in the categories of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Chemistry and Life Sciences, and is one of 10 Read More
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