• Research News

    A Frankenstein of Order and Chaos

    Normally the word “chaos” evokes a lack of order: a hectic day, a teenager’s bedroom, tax season. And the physical understanding of chaos is not far off. It’s something that is extremely difficult to predict, like the weather. Chaos allows a small blip (the Read More
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    Enhanced Frequency Doubling Adds to Photonics Toolkit

    The digital age has seen electronics, including computer chips, shrink in size at an amazing rate, with ever tinier chips powering devices like smartphones, laptops and even autonomous drones. In the wake of this progress, another miniature technology has been gaining steam: integrated photonics. Read More
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    UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material

    When the words “artificial intelligence” (AI) come to mind, your first thoughts may be supercomputers, or robots that perform tasks without assistance from humans. Now, a multi-institutional team led by researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and National Institute of Standards and Technology Read More
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    Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer

    Ever since Nikola Tesla spewed electricity out in all directions with his coil back in 1891, scientists have been thinking up ways to send electrical power through the air. The dream is to charge your phone or laptop, or maybe even a healthcare device Read More
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    UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding

    Scientists have known for decades of a massive imbalance between the amount of matter and antimatter in the universe. To resolve the discrepancy, they attempt to recreate the first instant after the Big Bang through fierce collisions of subatomic particles, followed by intense scrutiny Read More
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    A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland's Joint Quantum Institute (JQI), and their colleagues have proposed a novel method for finding dark matter, the cosmos’s mystery material that has eluded detection for decades. Dark matter makes up Read More
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    Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip

    Thanks to Einstein, we know that our three-dimensional space is warped and curved. And in curved space, normal ideas of geometry and straight lines break down, creating a chance to explore an unfamiliar landscape governed by new rules. But studying how physics plays out Read More
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    Quantum Matchmaking: New NIST System Detects Ultra-Faint Communications Signals Using the Principles of Quantum Physics

    Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland (UMD) and JQI have devised and demonstrated a system that could dramatically increase the performance of communications networks while enabling record-low error rates in detecting even Read More
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    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
  • 1 A Frankenstein of Order and Chaos
  • 2 Enhanced Frequency Doubling Adds to Photonics Toolkit
  • 3 UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material
  • 4 Going Beyond the Anti-Laser May Enable Long-Range Wireless Power Transfer
  • 5 UMD Physicists Contribute to New B Meson Finding
  • 6 A Billion Tiny Pendulums Could Detect the Universe’s Missing Mass
  • 7 Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip
  • 8 Quantum Matchmaking: New NIST System Detects Ultra-Faint Communications Signals Using the Principles of Quantum Physics
  • 9 QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter
  • Student Spotlight
  • Grad Student Spotlight

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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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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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Department News

  • Jan 4, 2021 Science in Quarantine: Microscopy Migrates from Lab to Living Room In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, the luckiest workers have simply been relegated to working from home. And many people have had to find creative ways to turn their home into an office, a classroom, or—in the case of experimental physicists—a makeshift lab. Read More
  • Dec 18, 2020 Parker, Jawahery Discuss Findings in Symmetry Magazine In November 2020, the LHCb collaboration announced a major new development, based on data collected during LHC Run 2, confirming and significantly strengthening an anomalous observation in decays of B mesons.  Postdoc Will Parker and Distinguished University Professor Hassan Jawahery of the UMD flavor physics group recently discussed Read More
  • Nov 24, 2020 Kollár Receives Air Force Young Investigator Grant Assistant Professor Alicia Kollár has been awarded a grant by the Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP). She is one of 36 early-career researchers around the US to receive the three-year, $450,000 award. Kollár plans to develop a new breed of superconducting devices for Read More
  • Nov 23, 2020 Das Sarma, Monroe Named 2020 Highly Cited Researchers Sankar Das Sarma and Chris Monroe are included on the Clarivate Web of Science Group’s 2020 roster of Highly Cited Researchers(link is external) r, which recognizes influential scientists for their highly cited papers over the preceding decade. Both are Distinguished University Professors and Fellows of the Joint Quantum Institute.  Das Read More
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