• Research News

    Currie to Send Next Gen Retroreflectors to Moon

      In 1969, University of Maryland physicist Doug Currie helped design three still-in-use lunar instruments placed on the moon by Apollo 11, 14 and 15. Fifty years later, Currie is lead scientist for a just-approved NASA project to place next-generation versions of these instruments Read More
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    Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface

    A junction between an ordinary metal and a special kind of superconductor has provided a robust platform to observe Klein tunneling. Researchers at the University of Maryland have captured the most direct evidence to date of a quantum quirk that allows particles to tunnel through a Read More
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    Ring Resonators Corner Light

    Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have created the first silicon chip that can reliably constrain light to its four corners. The effect, which arises from interfering optical pathways, isn't altered by small defects during fabrication and could eventually enable the creation of Read More
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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
  • 1 Currie to Send Next Gen Retroreflectors to Moon
  • 2 Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface
  • 3 Ring Resonators Corner Light
  • 4 High-resolution Imaging Technique Maps out an Atomic Wave Function
  • 5 Radioactive Material Detected Remotely Using Laser-induced Electron Avalanche Breakdown
  • 6 Ion experiment aces quantum scrambling test
  • 7 Researchers Develop First Fabric to Automatically Cool or Insulate Depending on Conditions
  • 8 Glass Fibers and Light Offer New Control Over Atomic Fluorescence
  • 9 Cold Atoms Offer a Glimpse of Flat Physics
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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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Department News

  • Jul 16, 2019 Mirrors on the Moon Along with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, University of Maryland scientists left a lasting mark on the moon when Apollo 11 landed there 50 years ago this week, one that is still imprinting on the world of physics. That’s because a piece of equipment the Read More
  • Jul 15, 2019 Gorshkov Receives Early Career Research Award Adjunct Associate Professor Alexey Gorshkov has received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Gorshkov is a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology Physical Measurement Laboratory, as well as a Fellow of the UMD Joint Quantum Institute and the Fellow of Read More
  • Jul 2, 2019 Wolfgang Losert Named Interim Director of IPST Wolfgang Losert has been named interim director of the university’s Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST), effective July 1, 2019. Losert will serve as interim director while the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) conducts a national search to find a replacement Read More
  • Jul 1, 2019 Physics Faculty Promotions Arpita Upadhyaya, who was promoted to the rank of Professor, is a biophysicist studying how physical properties of living cells are regulated to guide mechanical behaviors such as cell shape changes and force generation and how these guide physical regulation of cell function. Upadhyaya has Read More
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