• Research News

    QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter

    A collaboration between the Quantum Materials Center (QMC) and the NIST Center for Neutron Research, led by QMC graduate student I-Lin Liu, has just published results reporting the discovery of a new topological phase in the layered transition metal chalcogenide MoTe2, a promising host Read More
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    Heaviest Black Hole Merger is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries

    Scientists observed what appears to be a bulked-up black hole tangling with a more ordinary one. The research team, which includes physicists from the University of Maryland, detected two black holes merging, but one of the black holes was 1 1/2 times more massive Read More
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    UMD Researchers Included in DoE Quantum Project

    The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $115 million over five years to the Quantum Systems Accelerator (QSA), a new research center led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that will forge the technological solutions needed to harness quantum information science for discoveries Read More
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    Quantum Computers Do the (Instantaneous) Twist

    Regardless of what makes up the innards of a quantum computer, its speedy calculations all boil down to sequences of simple instructions applied to qubits—the basic units of information inside a quantum computer. Whether that computer is built from chains of ions, junctions of Read More
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    Plasma Guides Maintain Laser Focus

    In science fiction, firing powerful lasers looks easy—the Death Star can just send destructive power hurtling through space as a tight beam. But in reality, once a powerful laser has been fired, care must be taken to ensure it doesn’t get spread too thin. Read More
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    Scientists See Train of Photons in a New Light

    Flashlight beams don’t clash together like lightsabers because individual units of light—photons—generally don’t interact with each other. Two beams don’t even flicker when they cross paths. But by using matter as an intermediary, scientists have unlocked a rich world of photon interactions. In these Read More
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    Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound

    Inside a material, such as an insulator, semiconductor or superconductor, a complex drama unfolds that determines the physical properties. Physicists work to observe these scenes and recreate the script that the actors—electrons, atoms and other particles—play out. It is no surprise that electrons are Read More
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    Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene

    It sounds like pure sorcery: using diamonds to observe invisible power swirling and flowing through carefully crafted channels. But these diamonds are a reality. Prof. Ron Walsworth of the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) and Quantum Technology Center (QTC), working with Postdoctoral Associate Mark Ku, Harvard's Read More
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    New Quantum Information Speed Limits Depend on the Task at Hand

    Unlike speed limits on the highway, most speed limits in physics cannot be disobeyed. For example, no matter how little you care about getting a ticket, you can never go faster than the speed of light. Similarly stringent limits exist for information, too. The Read More
  • 1 QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter
  • 2 Heaviest Black Hole Merger is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries
  • 3 UMD Researchers Included in DoE Quantum Project
  • 4 Quantum Computers Do the (Instantaneous) Twist
  • 5 Plasma Guides Maintain Laser Focus
  • 6 Scientists See Train of Photons in a New Light
  • 7 Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound
  • 8 Diamonds Shine a Light on Hidden Currents in Graphene
  • 9 New Quantum Information Speed Limits Depend on the Task at Hand
  • Grad Student Spotlight
  • Student Spotlight

For physics Ph.D. student Amitava Banerjee, coming to the University of Maryland was a giant step—literally. Banerjee grew up more than 8,000 miles away in Amitava BanerjeeAmitava Banerjee Kolkata, India, with a strong interest in science early on. Both of Banerjee’s parents are physicists, and when he did his undergraduate and master’s work at Presidency University in Kolkata, his own future in physics started coming into focus.

“As I learned more and more,

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If you’re a student hoping to one day make your mark in the world of scientific research, there are few scholarships more prestigious than the Barry Goldwater Scholarship , which encourages students to pursue advanced study and research careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Over the last decade, the University of Maryland’s nominations yielded 33 Goldwater Scholarships—the most in the nation—and 13 of those scholarships were awarded to physics majors. 

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Department News

  • Sep 8, 2020 Alumnus Douglas Arion Points to Mountains of Stars Ever since he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, Douglas Arion (M.S. ’80, Ph.D. ’84, physics) has been an innovator. He has always enjoyed the challenge of building things from the ground up—houses (he designed two), groundbreaking technology, unique academic programs and even Read More
  • Sep 7, 2020 A Physics Career of a Thousand Steps Despite growing up in an information bubble in a small town in western Iran, Zohreh Davoudi started down the path of becoming a theoretical physicist at an early age. “There was no internet, a TV with only two channels” Davoudi said. “There were limited books, Read More
  • Sep 6, 2020 Alumnus Charlie Husar Makes $515K Donation to Support Physics Students It’s been almost 50 years since Charles “Charlie” Husar graduated from the University of Maryland with his bachelor’s degree in physics in 1971. And for him, now is the perfect time to give something back—to the university and to students who follow an academic path Read More
  • Sep 5, 2020 Donna Hammer Takes Outreach Online As director of education for the University of Maryland’s Department of Physics, Donna Hammer (M.E. ’95, curriculum and instruction) wears a lot of hats—supervisor for the Office of Student and Education Services, instructor, conference organizer, department ombudsman and University Senate committee member, among many others. Read More
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