• Research News

    Hybrid Device among First to Meld Quantum and Conventional Computing

    Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have trained a small hybrid quantum computer to reproduce the features in a particular set of images. The result, which was published Oct. 18, 2019 in the journal Science Advances, is among the first demonstrations of quantum Read More
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    Stretched Photons Recover Lost Interference

    The smallest pieces of nature—individual particles like electrons, for instance—are pretty much interchangeable. An electron is an electron is an electron, regardless of whether it’s stuck in a lab on Earth, bound to an atom in some chalky moon dust or shot out of Read More
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    Rare “Lazarus Superconductivity” Observed in Rediscovered Material

    Researchers from the University of Maryland, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) and the University of Oxford have observed a rare phenomenon called re-entrant superconductivity in the material uranium ditelluride. The discovery furthers the Read More
  • Research News

    Ions Clear Another Hurdle Toward Scaled-up Quantum Computing

    Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have been steadily improving the performance of ion trap systems, a leading platform for future quantum computers. Now, a team of researchers led by JQI Fellows Norbert Linke and Christopher Monroe has performed a key experiment on Read More
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    Newfound Superconductor Material Could Be the ‘Silicon of Quantum Computers’

     A collaboration of the NIST Center for Neutron Research, the UMD's Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials and the Ames Laboratory has yielded a new superconductor with properties highly advantageous for the development of quantum computers. Uranium ditelluride, or UTe2, described in Science magazine, resists Read More
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    Corkscrew Photons May Leave Behind a Spontaneous Twist

      Everything radiates. Whether it's a car door, a pair of shoes or the cover of a book, anything hotter than absolute zero (i.e., pretty much everything) is constantly shedding radiation in the form of photons, the quantum particles of light. A twin process—absorption—is Read More
  • Research News

    Currie to Send Next Gen Retroreflectors to Moon

      In 1969, University of Maryland physicist Doug Currie helped design three still-in-use lunar instruments placed on the moon by Apollo 11, 14 and 15. Fifty years later, Currie is lead scientist for a just-approved NASA project to place next-generation versions of these instruments Read More
  • Research News

    Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface

    A junction between an ordinary metal and a special kind of superconductor has provided a robust platform to observe Klein tunneling. Researchers at the University of Maryland have captured the most direct evidence to date of a quantum quirk that allows particles to tunnel through a Read More
  • Research News

    Ring Resonators Corner Light

    Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have created the first silicon chip that can reliably constrain light to its four corners. The effect, which arises from interfering optical pathways, isn't altered by small defects during fabrication and could eventually enable the creation of Read More
  • 1 Hybrid Device among First to Meld Quantum and Conventional Computing
  • 2 Stretched Photons Recover Lost Interference
  • 3 Rare “Lazarus Superconductivity” Observed in Rediscovered Material
  • 4 Ions Clear Another Hurdle Toward Scaled-up Quantum Computing
  • 5 Newfound Superconductor Material Could Be the ‘Silicon of Quantum Computers’
  • 6 Corkscrew Photons May Leave Behind a Spontaneous Twist
  • 7 Currie to Send Next Gen Retroreflectors to Moon
  • 8 Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface
  • 9 Ring Resonators Corner Light
  • Student Spotlight
  • OSES News

Two physics students and their mentors were honored recently by the  Merrill Presidential Scholars. program.  Astronomy and physics double-degree student Jillian Kunze honored teacher Donald Walz from Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, Maryland, and Professor Christopher Lobb .

lobb merrillRick Greene and Nick Poniatowski. “Professor Christopher Lobb has taught me more

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Department News

  • Dec 4, 2019 Janet Das Sarma, 1971 - 2019 Janet Das Sarma, who managed the Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC) for the last decade, died on December 2, 2019 at the age of 48 years. She received a diagnosis of stage 4 metastatic cancer in 2016 and was given a four-month life expectancy, but Read More
  • Nov 26, 2019 Ellen Williams Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Ellen D. Williams, a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members Read More
  • Nov 21, 2019 Physics Staff Members Honored at Annual Luncheon Five members of the Department of Physics were honored at an October luncheon held in the lobby of the Physical Sciences Complex.    The Chair's Award for Outstanding Service was given to Mark Conners. One nominator called him "an incredible asset to faculty and staff Read More
  • Nov 19, 2019 Sankar Das Sarma, Chris Monroe and Ian Spielman Named 2019 Highly Cited Researchers Sankar Das Sarma, Chris Monroe and Ian Spielman join two other faculty members in the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences included on Clarivate Analytics’ 2019 list of Highly Cited Researchers, a compilation of influential names in science. Das Sarma is a Richard E. Read More
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