• Research News

    Neuromorphics for Network Discovery

    From neurons connected by axons to Facebook profiles connected by friendships, interaction networks lie all around us. In new work recently published in Physical Review X, Amitava Banerjee, Joseph D. Hart, Rajarshi Roy and Edward Ott  applied machine learning tools to formulate and test a new approach to Read More
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    Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform

    Scientists on the hunt for an unconventional kind of superconductor have produced the most compelling evidence to date that they’ve found one. In a pair of papers, researchers at the University of Maryland’s (UMD) Quantum Materials Center (QMC) and colleagues have shown that uranium Read More
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    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
  • 1 Neuromorphics for Network Discovery
  • 2 Unconventional Superconductor Acts the Part of a Promising Quantum Computing Platform
  • 3 Time Delay Acquires a New Dimension
  • 4 Researchers Generate Tunable Twin Particles of Light
  • 5 Two (Photons) is Company, Three’s a Crowd
  • 6 Research Team Describes "Somersaulting" Photons
  • 7 A Handy New Platform for Majorana Fermions
  • 8 Intriguing New Result Announced by the LHCb Experiment at CERN
  • 9 Switchbacks Science: Explaining Parker Solar Probe’s Magnetic Puzzle
  • 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

  • Jul 15, 2021 Antonsen Receives IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award Tom Antonsen  has been selected for the the 2022 IEEE Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award for “seminal contributions in theoretical plasma physics and radiation science, and for the development of comprehensive design codes for vacuum electronics devices.”  The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is given annually by the IEEE Board of Read More
  • Jun 24, 2021 Rolston Reappointed Department Chair Professor Steve Rolston will begin a second five-year term as chair of the Department of Physics on July 1, 2021. Rolston, who joined UMD in 2003, will continue to lead the physics department, which ranks No. 14 in the latest U.S. News & World Report Read More
  • 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
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