• Research News

    Quantum Gases Won’t Take the Heat

    The quantum world blatantly defies intuitions that we’ve developed while living among relatively large things, like cars, pennies and dust motes. In the quantum world, tiny particles can maintain a special connection over any distance, pass through barriers and simultaneously travel down multiple paths. Read More
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    Peeking into a World of Spin-3/2 Materials

    Researchers have been pushing the frontiers of the quantum world for over a century. And time after time, spin has been a rich source of new physics. Spin, like mass and electrical charge, is an intrinsic property of quantum particles. It is central to Read More
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    New Protocol Helps Classify Topological Matter

    Topological materials have captured the interest of many scientists and may provide the basis for a new era in materials development. On April 10, 2020 in the journal Science Advances, physicists working with Andreas Elben, Jinlong Yu, Peter Zoller and Benoit Vermersch, including Associate Read More
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    Donuts, Donut Holes and Topological Superconductors

    Topology—the mathematical study of shapes that describes how a donut differs from a donut hole—has turned out to be remarkably relevant to understanding our physical world. For decades, it’s captured the hearts and minds of physicists, who have spent that time uncovering just how Read More
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    Charting a Course Toward Quantum Simulations of Nuclear Physics

    In nuclear physics, like much of science, detailed theories alone aren’t always enough to unlock solid predictions. There are often too many pieces, interacting in complex ways, for researchers to follow the logic of a theory through to its end. It’s one reason there Read More
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    New Measurements Reveal Evidence of Elusive Particles in a Newly Discovered Superconductor

    Particle chasing—it’s a game that so many physicists play. Sometimes the hunt takes place inside large supercolliders, where spectacular collisions reveal hidden particles and new physics. For physicists studying solids, the game occurs in a much different environment, and the sought-after particles don’t come Read More
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    To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

    A high-end race car engine needs all its components tuned and working together precisely to deliver top-quality performance. The same can be said about the processor inside a quantum computer, whose delicate bits must be adjusted in just the right way before it can Read More
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    HAWC’s Measurement of the Highest Energy Photons Sets Limits on Violations of Relativity

    New measurements confirm, to the highest energies yet explored, that the laws of physics hold no matter where you are or how fast you're moving. Observations of record-breaking gamma rays prove the robustness of Lorentz Invariance—a piece of Einstein's theory of relativity that predicts Read More
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    Lathrop Lab's Geodynamo Set for Overhaul

    In a hangar-sized laboratory off Paint Branch Drive, Dan Lathrop gives the signal, and what he often calls simply “the experiment” awakens. A huge, steel sphere with tubes and electrical wires snaking across its surface begins a stately, nearly silent rotation inside a towering Read More
  • 1 Quantum Gases Won’t Take the Heat
  • 2 Peeking into a World of Spin-3/2 Materials
  • 3 New Protocol Helps Classify Topological Matter
  • 4 Donuts, Donut Holes and Topological Superconductors
  • 5 Charting a Course Toward Quantum Simulations of Nuclear Physics
  • 6 New Measurements Reveal Evidence of Elusive Particles in a Newly Discovered Superconductor
  • 7 To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
  • 8 HAWC’s Measurement of the Highest Energy Photons Sets Limits on Violations of Relativity
  • 9 Lathrop Lab's Geodynamo Set for Overhaul
  • Student Spotlight
  • Grad Student Spotlight

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For the past four years, John Martyn could be seen whipping across campus on his skateboard. As he traveled from class to the lab on his board, Martyn was mastering the ultimate balancing act. 

While the recent physics graduate wasn’t doing any calculations while he was

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Since arriving at the University of Maryland in 2015, physics Ph.D. student Liz Friedman has immersed herself in much of what the University of Maryland has to offer.

“It is important to remember that graduate school is a marathon and not a sprint,” Friedman said.

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Department News

  • Jun 1, 2020 CMTC Launches Blog The Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC) recently launched a blog, and the first entry was written by CMTC Director Sankar Das Sarma, who holds the Richard E. Prange Chair and is a Distinguished University Professor.  Das Sarma writes about the interplay between the covid-19 pandemic and Read More
  • May 27, 2020 Paul Named Princeton Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow Recent alumna Elizabeth Paul has been selected as a Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University.  While a student at UMD, Paul was named a UMD Grad School Outstanding Research Assistant and received a $15,000 award from the Metro Washington Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for Read More
  • May 20, 2020 Nastac to Receive University Medal The path Michael Nastac set off on while watching Carl Sagan’s television series “Cosmos” as a child has taken him through some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world and led him to the cusp of a bright career in physics. “Michael is brilliant, Read More
  • May 19, 2020 Three Grad Students Receive SCGSR Awards Three UMD students were among 62 recently selected for funding by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program. The SCGSR program helps students carry out thesis research in 14 DoE national laboratories, in subjects central to the Office of Science Read More
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