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    A Focused Approach Can Help Untangle Messy Quantum Scrambling Problems

    The world is a cluttered, noisy place, and the ability to effectively focus is a valuable skill. For example, at a bustling party, the clatter of cutlery, the conversations, the music, the scratching of your shirt tag and almost everything else must fade into Read More
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    New Laser Experiment Spins Light Like a Merry-go-round

    In day-to-day life, light seems intangible. We walk through it and create and extinguish it with the flip of a switch. But, like matter, light actually carries a little punch—it has momentum. Light constantly nudges things and can even be used to push spacecraft. Read More
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    The Many Wonders of Uranium Ditelluride

    In the menagerie of exotic materials, superconductors boast their own vibrant ecosystem. All superconductors allow electricity to flow without any resistance. It’s their hallmark feature. But in many cases, that’s where the similarities end. Some superconductors, like aluminum, are conventional—run-of-the-mill, bread-and-butter materials that are Read More
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    Simulations of ‘Backwards Time Travel’ Can Improve Scientific Experiments

    If gamblers, investors and quantum experimentalists could bend the arrow of time, their advantage would be significantly higher, leading to significantly better outcomes. Adjunct Assistant Professor and JQI affiliate Nicole Yunger Halpern and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge have shown that by Read More
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    Embracing Uncertainty Helps Bring Order to Quantum Chaos

    In physics, chaos is something unpredictable. A butterfly flapping its wings somewhere in Guatemala might seem insignificant, but those flits and flutters might be the ultimate cause of a hurricane over the Indian Ocean. The butterfly effect captures what it means for something to Read More
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    Advocating for Quantum Simulation of Extreme Physics

    The Big Bang, supernovae, collisions of nuclei at breakneck speeds—our universe is filled with extreme phenomena, both natural and human-made. But the surprising thing is that all of these seemingly distinct processes are governed by the same underlying physics: a combination of quantum mechanics Read More
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    Novel Quantum Speed Limits Tackle Messy Reality of Disorder

    The researchers and engineers studying quantum technologies are exploring uncharted territory. Due to the unintuitive quirks of quantum physics, the terrain isn’t easy to scout, and the path of progress has been littered with wrong turns and dead ends. Sometimes, though, theorists have streamlined Read More
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    UMD Researchers Study the Intricate Processes Underpinning Gene Expression

    A new study led by University of Maryland physicists sheds light on the cellular processes that regulate genes. Published in the journal Science Advances, the paper explains how the dynamics of a polymer called chromatin—the structure into which DNA is packaged—regulate gene expression. Through Read More
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    UMD Scientists Help Discover the Highest-Energy Light Coming from the Sun

    Sometimes, the best place to hide a secret is in broad daylight. Just ask the sun. A new paper in Physical Review Letters details the discovery of the highest-energy light ever observed from the sun. The international team behind the discovery also found that Read More
  • 1 A Focused Approach Can Help Untangle Messy Quantum Scrambling Problems
  • 2 New Laser Experiment Spins Light Like a Merry-go-round
  • 3 The Many Wonders of Uranium Ditelluride
  • 4 Simulations of ‘Backwards Time Travel’ Can Improve Scientific Experiments
  • 5 Embracing Uncertainty Helps Bring Order to Quantum Chaos
  • 6 Advocating for Quantum Simulation of Extreme Physics
  • 7 Novel Quantum Speed Limits Tackle Messy Reality of Disorder
  • 8 UMD Researchers Study the Intricate Processes Underpinning Gene Expression
  • 9 UMD Scientists Help Discover the Highest-Energy Light Coming from the Sun
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Department News

  • Apr 3, 2023 Three UMD Undergrads Named 2024 Goldwater Scholars Three undergraduates in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) have been awarded 2024 scholarships by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and research careers in the sciences, engineering and Read More
  • Mar 21, 2024 Sullivan Named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Professor Greg Sullivan has been named a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher. The Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Program, established in 1978, honors a small number of faculty members each year who have demonstrated notable success in both scholarship and teaching. Sullivan received his Ph.D. from the University of Read More
  • Feb 20, 2024 Philippov Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship Assistant Professor Sasha Philippov is one of 126 scientists in the United States and Canada to receive a 2024 Sloan Research Fellowship. Granted by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the $75,000 award recognizes scientists who have made important research contributions and have demonstrated “the potential to Read More
  • Feb 28, 2024 ‘Not Alone’: Mental Health Task Force Analyzes Well-Being of UMD Physics Graduate Students  Grad school should challenge students’ minds but not their mental health, according to physics graduate students at the University of Maryland who are using scientific principles to understand their peers’ perspectives.Formed in 2016, the Department of Physics’ Graduate Student Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) is Read More
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