• Research News

    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
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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
  • 1 Mind and Space Bending Physics on a Convenient Chip
  • 2 Quantum Matchmaking: New NIST System Detects Ultra-Faint Communications Signals Using the Principles of Quantum Physics
  • 3 QMC Team Discovers New Topological Phase of Matter
  • 4 Heaviest Black Hole Merger is Among Three Recent Gravitational Wave Discoveries
  • 5 UMD Researchers Included in DoE Quantum Project
  • 6 Quantum Computers Do the (Instantaneous) Twist
  • 7 Plasma Guides Maintain Laser Focus
  • 8 Scientists See Train of Photons in a New Light
  • 9 Quantum Simulation Stars Light in the Role of Sound
  • 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

  • Oct 16, 2020 Monroe Elected OSA Fellow Christopher Monroe has been elected as a Fellow of The Optical Society (OSA)(link is external). He is one of 118 OSA members to be selected this year. Monroe is also a Distinguished University Professor, the Bice Zorn Professor of Physics, and a fellow of the Read More
  • Oct 12, 2020 Beverly Berger Receives APS Isaacson Award Beverly K. Berger (Ph.D., ‘72) has been selected to receive the 2021 American Physical Society (APS) Richard A. Isaacson Award in Gravitational-Wave Science, which recognizes outstanding contributions in gravitational-wave physics, gravitational-wave astrophysics, and the technologies that enable this science. Berger was cited for “supporting and expanding the Read More
  • Oct 9, 2020 UMD Welcomes 16-year-old Ph.D. Student Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Shuler subscribes to the theory of “many worlds.” It’s a weird but, many physicists argue, mathematically sound interpretation of quantum mechanics holding that every possibility—Schrödinger’s cat lives, it dies, it was actually a dog—plays out in a practically infinite array of universes. If Read More
  • Oct 7, 2020 Nick Poniatowski Wins APS Apker Award The American Physical Society has selected Nicholas R. Poniatowski (B.S. Physics, ’20) to receive the 2020 LeRoy Apker Award. The Apker Award, which carries a $5,000 prize for both the awardee and the department, is given annually to one student from a Ph.D. granting institution Read More
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