Latest News and Research
Latest News and Research
Heads up, high school class of '19: New measurement unit definitions are comingThe meter and the second will soon be pegged to fundamental constants like the speed of light and the charge of the electron.
- January 25, 2017
- Research News
Next year, scientists expect to change the way we define the basic units with which we measure our universe. An article by scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) written for teachers will help ensure high school physics students are hip to the news.The brief, six-page article, which appears in this month’s issue... Continue Reading
Optical fibers are the backbone of modern communications, shuttling information from A to B through thin glass filaments as pulses of light. They are used extensively in telecommunications, allowing information to travel at near the speed of light virtually without loss.These days, biologists, physicists and other scientists regularly use optical fibers to pipe light around inside their labs.... Continue Reading
Atomic beltway could solve problems of cosmic gravity
When is a traffic jam not a traffic jam? When it's a quantum traffic jam, of course. Only in quantum physics can traffic be standing still and moving at the same time. A new theoretical paper from scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Maryland suggests that intentionally creating just such a traffic jam out of a ring of several thousand... Continue Reading
Artificial atoms shed light on the future of security
From credit card numbers to bank account information, we transmit sensitive digital information over the internet every day. Since the 1990s, though, researchers have known that quantum computers threaten to disrupt the security of these transactions. That’s because quantum physics predicts that these computers could do some calculations far faster than their conventional counterparts. This... Continue Reading
Move over, lasers: Scientists can now create holograms using neutrons
- October 20, 2016
- Research News
For the first time, a team including scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and JQI have used neutron beams to create holograms of large solid objects, revealing their interior details in ways that ordinary holograms do not.Holograms—flat images that look like three-dimensional objects—owe their striking look to interfering waves. Both matter and light behave... Continue Reading
L'Oréal-UNESCO award goes to former JQI student researcher
Karina Jiménez-García, a former visiting graduate student who worked with JQI Fellow Ian Spielman, was one of 30 young women scientists to receive a 2016 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowship. She was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants and received the award for her ongoing research on the quantum behavior of... Continue Reading
For decades, particle accelerators have grabbed headlines while smashing matter together at faster and faster speeds. But in recent years, alongside the progress in high-energy experiments, another realm of physics has been taking its own exciting strides forward.That realm, which researchers call condensed matter physics, studies chunks of matter moving decidedly slower than the protons in... Continue Reading
Physics Nobel honors underpinnings of exotic matter
A trio of researchers who laid the foundation for understanding numerous exotic phases of matter have split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the prize "for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter" to three laureates: David Thouless of the University of Washington, Duncan Haldane of Princeton... Continue Reading
James R. Williams
James R. Williams is a JQI Fellow and assistant professor of physics, and his chief area of research is experimental condensed matter physics. Specifically, he specializes in understanding why certain one and two-dimensional materials (e.g. topological insulators, graphene) depart from normal conductivity provided by free electrons. Dr. Williams received his bachelors in engineering physics at Santa Clara University. He then went on to get his MS and PhD from Harvard University in 2009 on the subject of grapheme, while studying under Charles M. Marcus. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford before coming to Maryland.
Efim Rozenbaum is a graduate fellow at JQI who studied physics as an undergraduate and graduate student at St. Petersburg State University. His undergraduate thesis focused on new numerical methods for solving the equations that govern quantum systems with axial symmetry, and his Master’s thesis continued this work for highly charged heavy ions. Now, he works with JQI and the Condensed Matter Theory Center to study the effect of interactions on dynamical localization, the signatures of chaotic transitions in quantum dynamics and non-Markovian soliton dynamics with non-Ohmic friction.
Aaron Lee, a JQI graduate student, received his undergraduate degree in physics at UMD. He worked with Chris Monroe’s trapped ion group, using ytterbium ions to simulate other quantum systems. As a graduate student, he has continued to study quantum information with the Monroe group and hopes his work can contribute to eventually building a quantum computer.
Ryan Barnett, a former JQI postdoctoral fellow at the Condensed Matter Theory Center (CMTC), is now a ‘Lecturer in Condensed Matter Theory’ (UK equivalent of assistant professor) at Imperial College in London. Ryan is a theoretical physicist interested in collective effects in ultracold atomic gases. While at the JQI his research focused on spinor condensates, non-equilibrium dynamics, and synthetic gauge fields. Much of his recent work at CMTC was motivated by ongoing experimental activities at the JQI.
Hafezi is JQI fellow and works at the interface of condensed matter theory and quantum optics. The focus of his research is on theoretical and experimental investigations of artificial gauge fields and topological order in photonics systems. Such systems can be exploited as robust optical devices insensitive to disorder, which is the subject of his NSF Physics Frontier Center’s seed funding program. Moreover, in the presence of strong optical nonlinearity, such systems are expected to exhibit fractional quantum Hall physics, providing a platform for potentially observing anoynic statistics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 2009 where he worked with Mikhail Lukin and Eugene Demler. There, he studied strongly correlated physics in AMO systems. In particular, he worked on the topological characterization of ultracold atoms in 2D and also non-equilibrium dynamics of strongly interacting photons in 1D.
Aftaab Dewan, a graduate fellow at JQI, received undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics at Amherst College. There, he was a recipient of the Bassett Prize and the Stifler Prize, and conducted research on studying dynamics of Bose-Einstein Condensates. His senior thesis examined how neutrinos scatter off of materials such as lead or glass. He now works with Steve Rolston to understand the transport, coherence, and delocalization properties of BECs. Analyzing the interactions within and between regions of a BEC adds to the ultimate goal of building a quantum simulator.
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