• Research News

    Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension

    Physicists love to do scattering experiments.  When they are trying to figure out a new force of nature, or discover a new particle, they fire up the accelerator and shoot tiny particles at their target, and measure what comes out.  Usually they carefully measure Read More
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    Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light

    Identical twins might seem “indistinguishable,” but in the quantum world the word takes on a new level of meaning. While identical twins share many traits, the universe treats two indistinguishable quantum particles as intrinsically interchangeable. This opens the door for indistinguishable particles to interact Read More
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    Two (Photons) is Company, Three’s a Crowd

    Photons—the quantum particles of light—normally don’t have any sense of personal space. A laser crams tons of photons into a tight beam, and they couldn’t care less that they are packed on top of each other. Two beams can even pass through each other Read More
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    Research Team Describes "Somersaulting" Photons

    Spinning or rotating objects are commonplace, from toy tops and fidget spinners to spinning figure skaters. And from water circling a drain to far less welcome tornadoes and hurricanes. In physics, there are two kinds of rotational motion, spin rotation or orbital rotation. Earth’s Read More
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    A Handy New Platform for Majorana Fermions

    A new, experimentally-feasible approach to generating Majorana fermions has been identified in iron-based superconducting thin films, potentially paving the way for Majorana-based quantum computation. The research, conducted by CMTC and JQI postdoc Ruixing Zhang and Distinguished University Professor Sankar Das Sarma, was published in Physical Read More
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    Intriguing New Result Announced by the LHCb Experiment at CERN

    The Standard Model of particle physics explains the most fundamental forces and particles in the universe with unprecedented precision. However, a recent announcement from the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN raises the tantalizing prospect of new physics beyond the Standard Model Read More
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    Switchbacks Science: Explaining Parker Solar Probe’s Magnetic Puzzle

    When NASA’s Parker Solar Probe sent back the first observations from its voyage to the Sun, scientists found signs of a wild ocean of currents and waves quite unlike the near-Earth space much closer to our planet. This ocean was spiked with what became Read More
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    Researchers Comb Atoms into a Novel Swirl

    When you brush your hair in the morning, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not thinking about quantum physics. But the way your hair swirls as you brush is actually related to some features of the quantum world. Important properties of quantum particles are Read More
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    Pushing the Frontier of Extreme Light-Matter Interaction Research

    University of Maryland Physics Professor Howard Milchberg and the students and postdoctoral researchers in his lab explore the dramatic results of experiments that push light to extremes in the presence of matter. In Milchberg’s opinion, researching the intense interactions between light and matter—which are Read More
  • 1 Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension
  • 2 Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light
  • 3 Two (Photons) is Company, Three’s a Crowd
  • 4 Research Team Describes "Somersaulting" Photons
  • 5 A Handy New Platform for Majorana Fermions
  • 6 Intriguing New Result Announced by the LHCb Experiment at CERN
  • 7 Switchbacks Science: Explaining Parker Solar Probe’s Magnetic Puzzle
  • 8 Researchers Comb Atoms into a Novel Swirl
  • 9 Pushing the Frontier of Extreme Light-Matter Interaction Research
  • Student Spotlight
  • Grad Student Spotlight

 As a child of immigrant parents, Jorge Ramirez learned very early on the importance of education. And not just any education—a U.S. education. Jorge Ramirez OrtizJorge Ramirez Ortiz

“My family was heavily burdened by the economic crises happening in Honduras during the ’90s, so my parents immigrated to the United States with my siblings and me,” he shared. “My parents were illegal immigrants my entire life, so despite having college experience and a lot of

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For some graduate students, being a teaching assistant is seen as a bit of a chore. Batoul Banihashemi Batoul Banihashemi Teaching classes and grading assignments can take time away from the research they enrolled in the program to do. But for Batoul Banihashemi, the opportunity to teach has been a highlight.

“Usually teaching is looked at as an extra thing that grad students are required to do, or they have to do it because

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Department News

  • Jun 17, 2021 Kollár Receives CAREER Award Assistant Professor Alicia Kollár has received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a proposal aimed at developing a new window into the physics of particles interacting inside of materials and performing educational outreach. The award will provide Read More
  • May 24, 2021 Shawhan Named a Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Peter Shawhan has been named a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. The award honors faculty of outstanding scholarly accomplishment and excellence in teaching. "Peter clearly deserves this recognition," said physics chair Steve Rolston. "He has been a key contributor to LIGO's celebrated successes, and we are Read More
  • Apr 27, 2021 Buonanno Elected to National Academy of Sciences Alessandra Buonanno has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Buonanno is the director of the Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity Department at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam and a Research Professor at the University of Maryland. She joined the UMD Department Read More
  • Apr 19, 2021 Gorshkov to Receive Flemming Award Adjunct Associate Professor Alexey Gorshkov is among 12 exceptional public servants chosen to receive the Arthur S. Flemming Award for 2020. The awardees will be honored during a virtual celebration this summer. Gorshkov, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology(link is external) (NIST), Read More
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