• Research News

    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
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    Researchers Create On-Demand Cold Spots to Generate Electromagnetic Cone of Silence

    In modern society, we are accustomed to having electronic systems that always work, regardless of the conditions. Protection of sensitive electronics to interference through unwanted coupling between components or intentional electromagnetic attack is important to ensure uninterrupted service. However, the environments in which we Read More
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    A Frankenstein of Order and Chaos

    Normally the word “chaos” evokes a lack of order: a hectic day, a teenager’s bedroom, tax season. And the physical understanding of chaos is not far off. It’s something that is extremely difficult to predict, like the weather. Chaos allows a small blip (the Read More
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    Enhanced Frequency Doubling Adds to Photonics Toolkit

    The digital age has seen electronics, including computer chips, shrink in size at an amazing rate, with ever tinier chips powering devices like smartphones, laptops and even autonomous drones. In the wake of this progress, another miniature technology has been gaining steam: integrated photonics. Read More
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    UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material

    When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be supercomputers, or robots that perform tasks without assistance from humans. Now, a multi-institutional team led by researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology Read More
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    Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer

    Ever since Nikola Tesla spewed electricity out in all directions with his coil back in 1891, scientists have been thinking up ways to send electrical power through the air. The dream is to charge your phone or laptop, or maybe even a healthcare device Read More
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    UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding

    Scientists have known for decades of a massive imbalance between the amount of matter and antimatter in the universe. To resolve the discrepancy, they attempt to recreate the first instant after the Big Bang through fierce collisions of subatomic particles, followed by intense scrutiny Read More
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    A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), and their colleagues have proposed a novel method for finding dark matter, the cosmos’s mystery material that has eluded detection for decades. Dark matter makes up Read More
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    Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip

    Thanks to Einstein, we know that our three-dimensional space is warped and curved. And in curved space, normal ideas of geometry and straight lines break down, creating a chance to explore an unfamiliar landscape governed by new rules. But studying how physics plays out Read More
  • 1 Pushing the Frontier of Extreme Light-Matter Interaction Research
  • 2 Researchers Create On-Demand Cold Spots to Generate Electromagnetic Cone of Silence
  • 3 A Frankenstein of Order and Chaos
  • 4 Enhanced Frequency Doubling Adds to Photonics Toolkit
  • 5 UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material
  • 6 Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer
  • 7 UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding
  • 8 A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass
  • 9 Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip
  • Grad Student Spotlight
  • Student Spotlight

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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 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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Department News

  • Feb 18, 2021 Buonanno Receives Galileo Galilei Medal Alessandra Buonanno has been awarded the Galileo Galilei Medal by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN). Buonanno was cited with Thibault Damour of the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris and Frans Pretorius of Princeton University “for the fundamental understanding of sources of gravitational radiation by Read More
  • Feb 9, 2021 Making the Very Difficult to Understand Easy to Understand Alan Henry is a respected tech writer at Wired who also worked for PC Magazine, Lifehacker, and even The New York Times, making his mark as a journalist covering technology and science. But years ago, long before Henry began writing articles to help people understand Read More
  • Feb 8, 2021 CU²MiP: Online and Expanded In January 2021, the University of Maryland’s Department of Physics and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) hosted the third Conference for Undergraduate Underrepresented Minorities in Physics (CU²MiP). The conference launched in 2016 to address the historically low representation of minorities in the Read More
  • Feb 8, 2021 Despite Pandemic, Physics Lab Courses Go On Lab courses are where physics students learn firsthand that reality, even the one carefully curated by their instructors, is messy. Scales need to be recalibrated, projectiles hit lab benches instead of completing perfect arcs, and there’s always a mysterious source of issues popularly known as Read More
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