• Research News

    Scientists See Train of Photons in a New Light

    Flashlight beams don’t clash together like lightsabers because individual units of light—photons—generally don’t interact with each other. Two beams don’t even flicker when they cross paths. But by using matter as an intermediary, scientists have unlocked a rich world of photon interactions. In these Read More
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    Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound

    Inside a material, such as an insulator, semiconductor or superconductor, a complex drama unfolds that determines the physical properties. Physicists work to observe these scenes and recreate the script that the actors—electrons, atoms and other particles—play out. It is no surprise that electrons are Read More
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    Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene

    It sounds like pure sorcery: using diamonds to observe invisible power swirling and flowing through carefully crafted channels. But these diamonds are a reality. Prof. Ron Walsworth of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and Quantum Technology Center (QTC), working with Postdoctoral Associate Mark Ku, Harvard's Read More
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    New Quantum Information Speed Limits Depend on the Task at Hand

    Unlike speed limits on the highway, most speed limits in physics cannot be disobeyed. For example, no matter how little you care about getting a ticket, you can never go faster than the speed of light. Similarly stringent limits exist for information, too. The Read More
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    Quantum Gases Won’t Take the Heat

    The quantum world blatantly defies intuitions that we’ve developed while living among relatively large things, like cars, pennies and dust motes. In the quantum world, tiny particles can maintain a special connection over any distance, pass through barriers and simultaneously travel down multiple paths. Read More
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    Peeking into a World of Spin-3/2 Materials

    Researchers have been pushing the frontiers of the quantum world for over a century. And time after time, spin has been a rich source of new physics. Spin, like mass and electrical charge, is an intrinsic property of quantum particles. It is central to Read More
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    New Protocol Helps Classify Topological Matter

    Topological materials have captured the interest of many scientists and may provide the basis for a new era in materials development. On April 10, 2020 in the journal Science Advances, physicists working with Andreas Elben, Jinlong Yu, Peter Zoller and Benoit Vermersch, including Associate Read More
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    Donuts, Donut Holes and Topological Superconductors

    Topology—the mathematical study of shapes that describes how a donut differs from a donut hole—has turned out to be remarkably relevant to understanding our physical world. For decades, it’s captured the hearts and minds of physicists, who have spent that time uncovering just how Read More
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    Charting a Course Toward Quantum Simulations of Nuclear Physics

    In nuclear physics, like much of science, detailed theories alone aren’t always enough to unlock solid predictions. There are often too many pieces, interacting in complex ways, for researchers to follow the logic of a theory through to its end. It’s one reason there Read More
  • 1 Scientists See Train of Photons in a New Light
  • 2 Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound
  • 3 Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene
  • 4 New Quantum Information Speed Limits Depend on the Task at Hand
  • 5 Quantum Gases Won’t Take the Heat
  • 6 Peeking into a World of Spin-3/2 Materials
  • 7 New Protocol Helps Classify Topological Matter
  • 8 Donuts, Donut Holes and Topological Superconductors
  • 9 Charting a Course Toward Quantum Simulations of Nuclear Physics
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  • Grad Student Spotlight

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For the past four years, John Martyn could be seen whipping across campus on his skateboard. As he traveled from class to the lab on his board, Martyn was mastering the ultimate balancing act. 

While the recent physics graduate wasn’t doing any calculations while he was

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Friedman

Since arriving at the University of Maryland in 2015, physics Ph.D. student Liz Friedman has immersed herself in much of what the University of Maryland has to offer.

“It is important to remember that graduate school is a marathon and not a sprint,” Friedman said.

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Department News

  • Aug 7, 2020 Ott Elected Foreign Member of the Academia Europaea Professor Ed Ott has been elected a foreign member of the Academia Europaea for his outstanding achievements and international scholarship as a researcher. He is globally known for his pioneering contributions in nonlinear dynamics and chaos theory. Ott is a University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor and holder Read More
  • Aug 7, 2020 Lila Snow, 1927 - 2020 Lila Snow, a noted local artist and television host, died on July 13. She was the wife of George Snow, a UMD professor of high energy physics from 1958 to 1992. Lila, a native New Yorker, earned a degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College and Read More
  • Jul 8, 2020 Linke Lab's Work Cited Research by a team that includes Assistant Professor Norbert Linke, UMD physics graduate student Nhung Hong Nguyen, and visiting graduate student Cinthia Huerta Alderete has been selected as one of the 2019 Top Picks in Computer Architecture by IEEE Micro. The work, which compared different kinds Read More
  • Jun 30, 2020 Maissam Barkeshli Promoted to Associate Professor Maissam Barkeshli has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective July 1, 2020. Barkeshli received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Afterward, he was a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and a postdoctoral researcher at Microsoft's Station Q at the University Read More
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