CNAM Researchers, Led by Johnpierre Paglione, Write Article Chosen as 2010 Highlight by IoP

The article Superconductivity at 23 K in Pt doped BaFe2As2 single crystals, by researchers at the UMD Physics, was selected as part of IoP Science's Highlights of 2010. Originally published in Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, the article was selected for receiving some of the highest praise from referees and for its high number of downloads.

This research is supported by Maryland's AFOSR-MURI grant, involving Richard Green, Johnpierre Paglione and Ichiro Takeuchi.

Recent Scenes from Antarctica

The Atlantic has posted recent images of Antarctica, its environment, and some of the scientific work taking place there -- including images of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, which several of our researchers are directly involved with.

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Three Meter Sphere Arrival

Below is a time-lapse video, sapnning 1.5 days, of the arrival of the 3-meter sphere. Professor Dan Lathrop and his team are establishing the world's largest experiment designed to duplicate the earth as a self-generator of a magnetic field.

Greg Sullivan Selected as Ice Cube Spokesman

Greg Sullivan has been selected as spokesman for Ice Cube: South Pole Neutrino Detector. Construction of the IceCube Neutrino Observatory was completed at the South Pole in Antarctica on December 18, 2010 New Zealand time. This scientific milestone marks completion of the world's largest neutrino detector, and a powerful tool for exploring the Universe.

Maxwell's Demon in the Quantum World

Maxwell's Demon is a theoretical construct introduced by James Clerk Maxwell in an attempt to understand the microscopic foundations of the second law of thermodynamics. Maxwell's thought experiment points to a subtle relationship between thermodynamics and information, and has provided food for thought for generations of physicists. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in this topic, in part due to advances in experimental tools for manipulating nanoscale systems. The Viewpoint essay by  Alumnus Jordan Horowitz, '10, and  Juan Parrondo discusses a Physical Review Letter on the interplay between Maxwell's demon and quantum mechanics, highlighting the effects introduced by the quantum statistics of fermions and bosons. This research elegantly combines information theory, the second law of thermodynamics and quantum behavior.

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