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    Neutron Star Merger Directly Observed for the First Time

    On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars—the dense, collapsed cores that remain after large stars die in a supernova explosion. The merger is the first cosmological event observed in both gravitational Read More
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    Gravitational Waves Detected a Fourth Time

    On August 14, 2017, at 10:30:43 UTC, scientists observed gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime—for the fourth time. The twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors—located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington—detected the gravitational wave event, named GW170814.  Read More
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    Turning Ions into Quantum Cats

    In Schrödinger's famous thought experiment, a cat seems to be both dead and alive—an idea that strains credulity. These days, cats still don't act this way, but physicists now regularly create analogues of Schrödinger's cat in the lab by smearing the microscopic quantum world Read More
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    Sensing Atoms Caught in Ripples of Light

    Optical fibers are ubiquitous, carrying light wherever it is needed. These glass tunnels are the high-speed railway of information transit, moving data at incredible speeds over tremendous distances. Read More
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    Space-based Experiment Will Tackle the Mysteries of Cosmic Rays

    On August 14, 2017, a groundbreaking University of Maryland-designed cosmic ray detector will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the SpaceX-12 Commercial Resupply Service mission. The instrument, named ISS Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass (ISS-CREAM), is roughly the size of a refrigerator and Read More
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    Simulating the Quantum World with Electron Traps

    Quantum behavior plays a crucial role in novel and emergent material properties, such as superconductivity and magnetism. Unfortunately, it is still impossible to calculate the underlying quantum behavior, let alone fully understand it. Scientists of QuTech, the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience in Delft and Read More
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    Proposed LHC Experiment Would Spot Invisible, Long-lived Particles

    More than 300 feet underground, looping underneath both France and Switzerland on the outskirts of Geneva, a 16-mile-long ring called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) smashes protons together at nearly the speed of light. Sifting through the wreckage, scientists have made some profound discoveries Read More
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    Atomic cousins team up in early quantum networking node

    Large-scale quantum computers, which are an active pursuit of many university labs and tech giants, remain years away. But that hasn’t stopped some scientists from thinking ahead, to a time when quantum computers might be linked together in a network or a single quantum Read More
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    Tiny magnetic tremors unlock exotic superconductivity

    Deep within solids, individual electrons zip around on a nanoscale highway paved with atoms. For the most part, these electrons avoid one another, kept in separate lanes by their mutual repulsion. But vibrations in the atomic road can blur their lanes and sometimes allow Read More
  • 1 Neutron Star Merger Directly Observed for the First Time
  • 2 Gravitational Waves Detected a Fourth Time
  • 3 Turning Ions into Quantum Cats
  • 4 Sensing Atoms Caught in Ripples of Light
  • 5 Space-based Experiment Will Tackle the Mysteries of Cosmic Rays
  • 6 Simulating the Quantum World with Electron Traps
  • 7 Proposed LHC Experiment Would Spot Invisible, Long-lived Particles
  • 8 Atomic cousins team up in early quantum networking node
  • 9 Tiny magnetic tremors unlock exotic superconductivity
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Department News

  • Oct 12, 2017 Five UMD Physicists Elected APS Fellows Michelle Girvan, Wolfgang Losert, Johnpierre Paglione, Edo Waks and Jake Taylor have been elected Fellows of the American Physical Society. Prof. Girvan was cited for seminal contributions to the nonlinear and statistical physics of complex networks, including characterization of network structures and dynamics, and interdisciplinary applications. She received Read More
  • Oct 3, 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics Awarded to Gravitational Wave Pioneers On October 3, 2017, the Nobel Committee for Physics announced the 2017 laureates for the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. Read More
  • Sep 27, 2017 Professor Charles Misner and Gravity Professor Emeritus Charles Misner, long an expert in the study of gravity, spent a week this summer at the University of Cambridge as an invited participant in the celebration of Stephen Hawking's 75th birthday.  Prof. Misner's daughter Benedicte, who has known Stephen and Jane Hawking Read More
  • Sep 19, 2017 Faculty Positions in Physics and Engineering The University of Maryland College of Mathematical and Natural Sciences is home to major research efforts in quantum science through the Joint Quantum Institute and the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science. As part of a new effort focused on quantum technology, the Department Read More
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