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    UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material

    When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be supercomputers, or robots that perform tasks without assistance from humans. Now, a multi-institutional team led by researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology Read More
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    Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer

    Ever since Nikola Tesla spewed electricity out in all directions with his coil back in 1891, scientists have been thinking up ways to send electrical power through the air. The dream is to charge your phone or laptop, or maybe even a healthcare device Read More
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    UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding

    Scientists have known for decades of a massive imbalance between the amount of matter and antimatter in the universe. To resolve the discrepancy, they attempt to recreate the first instant after the Big Bang through fierce collisions of subatomic particles, followed by intense scrutiny Read More
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    A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), and their colleagues have proposed a novel method for finding dark matter, the cosmos’s mystery material that has eluded detection for decades. Dark matter makes up Read More
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    Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip

    Thanks to Einstein, we know that our three-dimensional space is warped and curved. And in curved space, normal ideas of geometry and straight lines break down, creating a chance to explore an unfamiliar landscape governed by new rules. But studying how physics plays out Read More
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    Quantum Matchmaking: New NIST System Detects Ultra-Faint Communications Signals Using the Principles of Quantum Physics

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland (UMD) and JQI have devised and demonstrated a system that could dramatically increase the performance of communications networks while enabling record-low error rates in detecting even Read More
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    QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter

    A collaboration between the Quantum Materials Center (QMC) and the NIST Center for Neutron Research, led by QMC graduate student I-Lin Liu, has just published results reporting the discovery of a new topological phase in the layered transition metal chalcogenide MoTe2, a promising host Read More
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    Heaviest Black Hole Merger is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries

    Scientists observed what appears to be a bulked-up black hole tangling with a more ordinary one. The research team, which includes physicists from the University of Maryland, detected two black holes merging, but one of the black holes was 1 1/2 times more massive Read More
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    UMD Researchers Included in DoE Quantum Project

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $115 million over five years to the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), a new research center led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that will forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries Read More
  • 1 UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material
  • 2 Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer
  • 3 UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding
  • 4 A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass
  • 5 Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip
  • 6 Quantum Matchmaking: New NIST System Detects Ultra-Faint Communications Signals Using the Principles of Quantum Physics
  • 7 QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter
  • 8 Heaviest Black Hole Merger is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries
  • 9 UMD Researchers Included in DoE Quantum Project
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For physics Ph.D. student Amitava Banerjee, coming to the University of Maryland was a giant step—literally. Banerjee grew up more than 8,000 miles away in Amitava BanerjeeAmitava Banerjee Kolkata, India, with a strong interest in science early on. Both of Banerjee’s parents are physicists, and when he did his undergraduate and master’s work at Presidency University in Kolkata, his own future in physics started coming into focus.

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Department News

  • Nov 24, 2020 Kollár Receives Air Force Young Investigator Grant Assistant Professor Alicia Kollár has been awarded a grant by the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program(link is external) (YIP). She is one of 36 early-career researchers around the US to receive the three-year, $450,000 award. Kollár plans to develop a new breed of superconducting Read More
  • Nov 23, 2020 Das Sarma, Monroe Named 2020 Highly Cited Researchers Sankar Das Sarma and Chris Monroe are included on the Clarivate Web of Science Group’s 2020 roster of Highly Cited Researchers(link is external) r, which recognizes influential scientists for their highly cited papers over the preceding decade. Both are Distinguished University Professors and Fellows of the Joint Quantum Institute.  Das Read More
  • Nov 12, 2020 PRB Highlights Work of Das Sarma and Hwang To mark the 50th anniversary of Physical Review B, editors selected “milestone” papers that have made lasting contributions to condensed matter physics, including one co-written by Distinguished University Professor Sankar Das Sarma. Das Sarma wrote the selected paper, Dielectric function, screening, and plasmons in two-dimensional Read More
  • Oct 30, 2020 Nick Butch Honored by NIST Adjunct Associate Professor Nicholas Butch will receive the National Institute of Science and Technology’s 2020 Samuel Wesley Stratton Award "for pioneering research into the exotic physics and extremely high-field re-entrant superconductivity in uranium ditelluride." The Stratton Award, named after the first director of the National Read More
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