• Research News

    Rare “Lazarus Superconductivity” Observed in Rediscovered Material

      Researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) and the University of Oxford have observed a rare phenomenon called re-entrant superconductivity in the material uranium ditelluride. The discovery furthers Read More
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    Ions Clear Another Hurdle Toward Scaled-up Quantum Computing

    Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have been steadily improving the performance of ion trap systems, a leading platform for future quantum computers. Now, a team of researchers led by JQI Fellows Norbert Linke and Christopher Monroe has performed a key experiment on Read More
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    Newfound Superconductor Material Could Be the ‘Silicon of Quantum Computers’

     A collaboration of the NIST Center for Neutron Research, the UMD's Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials and the Ames Laboratory has yielded a new superconductor with properties highly advantageous for the development of quantum computers. Uranium ditelluride, or UTe2, described in Science magazine, resists Read More
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    Corkscrew Photons May Leave Behind a Spontaneous Twist

      Everything radiates. Whether it's a car door, a pair of shoes or the cover of a book, anything hotter than absolute zero (i.e., pretty much everything) is constantly shedding radiation in the form of photons, the quantum particles of light. A twin process—absorption—is Read More
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    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
  • 1 Rare “Lazarus Superconductivity” Observed in Rediscovered Material
  • 2 Ions Clear Another Hurdle Toward Scaled-up Quantum Computing
  • 3 Newfound Superconductor Material Could Be the ‘Silicon of Quantum Computers’
  • 4 Corkscrew Photons May Leave Behind a Spontaneous Twist
  • 5 Currie to Send Next Gen Retroreflectors to Moon
  • 6 Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface
  • 7 Ring Resonators Corner Light
  • 8 High-resolution Imaging Technique Maps out an Atomic Wave Function
  • 9 Radioactive Material Detected Remotely Using Laser-induced Electron Avalanche Breakdown
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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

  • Oct 4, 2019 Hans R. Griem, 1928-2019 Prof. Emeritus Hans R. Griem, a noted expert in high-temperature plasmas and spectroscopy, died on October 2, 2019. Prof. Griem received his Ph.D. from the Universität of Kiel, Germany, in 1954 and accepted a Fulbright Fellowship working on upper atmospheric physics at UMD. He returned Read More
  • Sep 27, 2019 Joel Dahlin Receives Ronald Davidson Award Alumnus Joel Dahlin, who earned his Ph.D. in 2015, has received the 2019 Ronald C. Davidson Award for Plasma Physics from AIP Publishing. Dahlin, who was advised by Distinguished University Professor James Drake and Marc Swisdak of the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics­­, is Read More
  • Sep 25, 2019 Quantum Materials Symposium to Showcase Local Expertise and Highlight Partnerships in D.C. Region The University of Maryland held a one-day symposium focusing on local research into quantum materials—condensed matter systems that exhibit strong quantum effects and hold promise as potential components in next-generation computers, sensors and other devices on Sept. 26, 2019, in the Kim Engineering Building.   Hosted Read More
  • Sep 20, 2019 Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland Delivers Paint Branch Lecture 2018 Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland of the University of Waterloo, the third woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert Mayer in 1963) visited UMD on September 19 to deliver the 2019 Paint Branch Distinguished Lecture in Applied Read More
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