• Research News

    JQI Scientists Monroe and Gorshkov are Part of a New, $15 Million NSF Quantum Computing Project

    NSF has announced a $15 million award to a collaboration of seven institutions including the University of Maryland. The goal: Build the world’s first practical quantum computer. "Quantum computers will change everything about the technology we use and how we use it, and we Read More
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    Complexity Test Offers New Perspective on Small Quantum Computers

    State-of-the-art quantum devices are not yet large enough to be called full-scale computers. The biggest comprise just a few dozen qubits—a meager count compared to the billions of bits in an ordinary computer’s memory. But steady progress means that these machines now routinely string Read More
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    Chris Monroe Co-authors Piece on National Quantum Initiative - The Washington Times

    Quantum technology harnesses the radical power of quantum systems — such as isolated atoms, photons and electrons — to transform how we process and communicate information. But that potential can be realized only if our nation’s resources are focused in a way that helps bring quantum Read More
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    IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator

    An international team of scientists, with key contributions from researchers at the University of Maryland, has found the first evidence of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos—ghostly subatomic particles that travel to Earth unhindered for billions of light years from the most extreme environments Read More
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    Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-based Computing

    Transistors are tiny switches that form the bedrock of modern computing—billions of them route electrical signals around inside a smartphone, for instance. Quantum computers will need analogous hardware to manipulate quantum information. But the design constraints for this new technology are stringent, and today’s Read More
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    Quantum Gas Reveals First Signs of Path-bending Monopole

    Magnets, whether in the form of a bar, horseshoe or electromagnet, always have two poles. If you break a magnet in half, you’ll end up with two new magnets, each with its own magnetic north and south. But some physics theories predict the existence Read More
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    Searching for the Quantumness of Gravity

    Brian Swingle’s first passion was condensed-matter physics. As a graduate student, he performed calculations to uncover and understand new quantum phases of matter, such as topological insulators and spin liquids. But then Swingle signed up for a string theory class. There he realized that Read More
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    A New Way to Measure Energy in Microscopic Machines

    What drives cells to live and engines to move? It all comes down to a quantity that scientists call “free energy,” essentially the energy that can be extracted from any system to perform useful work. Without this available energy, a living organism would eventually Read More
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    Life at the Edge of the World

    What's it like living and working in Antarctica? Upon returning from a five-week trip to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, UMD graduate student Liz Friedman sat down with Chris and Emily to chat about her experience. In this episode, Friedman shares some of her Read More
  • 1 JQI Scientists Monroe and Gorshkov are Part of a New, $15 Million NSF Quantum Computing Project
  • 2 Complexity Test Offers New Perspective on Small Quantum Computers
  • 3 Chris Monroe Co-authors Piece on National Quantum Initiative - The Washington Times
  • 4 IceCube Neutrinos Point to Long-Sought Cosmic Ray Accelerator
  • 5 Semiconductor Quantum Transistor Opens the Door for Photon-based Computing
  • 6 Quantum Gas Reveals First Signs of Path-bending Monopole
  • 7 Searching for the Quantumness of Gravity
  • 8 A New Way to Measure Energy in Microscopic Machines
  • 9 Life at the Edge of the World
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Summer 2018

Congratulations to eight graduate students who have received awards from the Graduate School for the 2018-2019 Academic Year!

Pablo Solano Palma
Dissertation Title:  "Quantum Optics in Optical Nanofibers:
Dissertation Advisor:  Professor Luis A. Orozco
 
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Department News

  • Aug 3, 2018 Davoudi Receives Ken Wilson Award Assistant Professor Zohreh Davoudi has been honored with the 2018 Kenneth G. Wilson Award for Excellence in Lattice Field Theory during the 36th Annual International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory held July 22–28 at Michigan State University. Davoudi was cited for her fundamental contributions to Read More
  • Jul 3, 2018 Promotions Effective July, 2018 Michelle Girvan, who was promoted to the rank of Professor, works in the emerging area of network science, which focuses on complex connectivity patterns among interacting units and joins physics with the domains of mathematics, biology, environmental studies, economics, sociology, and psychology, among others. Her analysis Read More
  • Jun 22, 2018 Jack Wimberley Received Ph.D Thesis Award UMD graduate student Jack Wimberley is one of two recipients of the 2018 Ph.D. thesis awards given by the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration at CERN. These awards recognize students for excellent theses and additional work over and above the central thesis topic that Read More
  • Jun 12, 2018 Physics Graduate Student Zachary Eldredge Awarded ARCS Scholarship The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation awarded two students from the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences with $15,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. This year’s scholars are physics graduate student Zachary Eldredge and chemistry graduate student Matthew Thum. Read More
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