• Research News

    Twisting Up Atoms Through Space and Time

    One of the most exciting applications of quantum computers will be to direct their gaze inwards, at the very quantum rules that make them tick. Quantum computers can be used to simulate quantum physics itself, and perhaps even explore realms that don’t exist anywhere Read More
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    Nearly 50-meter Laser Experiment Sets Record in Campus Hallway

    It's not at every university that laser pulses powerful enough to burn paper and skin are sent blazing down a hallway. But that’s what happened in UMD’s Energy Research Facility, an unremarkable looking building on the northeast corner of campus. If you visit the Read More
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    Electrons Take New Shape Inside Unconventional Metal

    One of the biggest achievements of quantum physics was recasting our vision of the atom. Out was the early 1900s model of a solar system in miniature, in which electrons looped around a solid nucleus. Instead, quantum physics showed that electrons live a far Read More
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    Two Light-Trapping Techniques Combine for the Best of Both Worlds

    Taming rays of light and bending them to your will is tricky business. Light travels fast and getting a good chunk of it to stay in one place for a long time requires a lot of skillful coaxing. But the benefits of learning how Read More
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    Molecular Tug-of-war Gives Cells Their Shape

    In a new study, University of Maryland researchers have demystified the process by which cells receive their shape—and it all starts with a protein called actin. Actin is a key component of the cytoskeleton that provides structure to cells, much like how our skeletons Read More
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    UMD Team Leads a New Test of Universality of Leptons at the LHCb Experiment

    The LHCb collaboration has presented a new test of the universality of the electroweak properties of leptons. Nearly seven years of analysis of LHCb data by University of Maryland physicists Phoebe Hamilton and Hassan Jawahery and CERN collaborator Greg Ciezarek led to the results Read More
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    Quantum Gases Keep Their Cool, Prompting New Mysteries

    Quantum physics is a notorious rule-breaker. For example, it makes the classical laws of thermodynamics, which describe how heat and energy move around, look more like guidelines than ironclad natural laws. In some experiments, a quantum object can keep its cool despite sitting next Read More
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    Beyond Higgs: The Search for New Particles That Could Solve Mysteries of the Universe

    An elusive elementary particle called the Higgs boson is partly to thank for life as we know it. No other elementary particles in the early universe had mass until they interacted with a field associated with the Higgs boson, enabling the emergence of planets, Read More
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    Compact Electron Accelerator Reaches New Speeds with Nothing But Light

    Scientists harnessing precise control of ultrafast lasers have accelerated electrons over a 20-centimeter stretch to speeds usually reserved for particle accelerators the size of 10 football fields. A team at the University of Maryland (UMD) headed by Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Read More
  • 1 Twisting Up Atoms Through Space and Time
  • 2 Nearly 50-meter Laser Experiment Sets Record in Campus Hallway
  • 3 Electrons Take New Shape Inside Unconventional Metal
  • 4 Two Light-Trapping Techniques Combine for the Best of Both Worlds
  • 5 Molecular Tug-of-war Gives Cells Their Shape
  • 6 UMD Team Leads a New Test of Universality of Leptons at the LHCb Experiment
  • 7 Quantum Gases Keep Their Cool, Prompting New Mysteries
  • 8 Beyond Higgs: The Search for New Particles That Could Solve Mysteries of the Universe
  • 9 Compact Electron Accelerator Reaches New Speeds with Nothing But Light
  • Upcoming Outreach Events

Department News

  • Dec 21, 2022 December Physics Discovery Days! On Saturday, December 10th, local elementary and middle school students participated in Physics Superspies, a Physics Discovery Day outreach event on Waves and Satellites.  Outreach Coordinator Angel Torres kicked off the program with a series of captivating demonstrations that had students energized! The demonstration show Read More
  • Dec 20, 2022 UMD Establishes Endowed Professorship in Quantum Computing The University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) will establish the IonQ Professorship with a $1 million gift from IonQ (NYSE: IONQ), an industry leader in quantum computing. IonQ’s gift is being matched by $1 million through the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Read More
  • Dec 2, 2022 Department Hosts PhysCon 2022 Attendees As a 2022 Physics Congress (PhysCon) local host, UMD Physics was a popular destination for undergraduate attendees to visit on the first day of the conference. Over 80 undergraduate students from US colleges and universities visited campus during the 2022 National Physics Congress (PhysCon) event Read More
  • Nov 16, 2022 Sankar Das Sarma Named Highly Cited Researcher Sankar Das Sarma has again been included on Clarivate Analytics list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Das Sarma is the Richard E. Prange Chair of Physics, the Director of the Condensed Matter Theory Center and a Fellow of the Joint Quantum Institute.  After receiving his Read More
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JQI Seminar: Nathan Schine (UMD)
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