Latest News and Research
Latest News and Research
Lauren Aycock, a recent JQI graduate researcher, has been awarded a Congressional Science Fellowship from the American Physical Society.The fellowship, which lasts for one year, aims to provide members of Congress with the scientific and technical expertise of trained scientists. In turn, fellows like Aycock get to learn first-hand about public policy and communicate with Congress on behalf of... Continue Reading
Trapped ions and superconductors face off in quantum benchmark
The race to build larger and larger quantum computers is heating up, with several technologies competing for a role in future devices. Each potential platform has strengths and weaknesses, but little has been done to directly compare the performance of early prototypes. Now, researchers at the JQI have performed a first-of-its-kind benchmark test of two small quantum computers built from... Continue Reading
JQI undergraduate researcher Eliot Fenton receives Goldwater Scholarship
Three University of Maryland students have been awarded scholarships by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which encourages students to pursue advanced study and careers in the sciences, engineering and mathematics. The Goldwater Foundation also recognized a fourth UMD student with an Honorable... Continue Reading
Phillips named corresponding member of Mexican Academy of Sciences
- March 23, 2017
- People News
JQI Fellow, Nobel laureate and Distinguished University Professor William Phillips has been inducted into the Mexican Academy of Sciences (la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias) as a corresponding member. The honor will be marked by an evening event held in Mexico City on March 23.The event includes a talk by Phillips, titled "Time, Einstein and the coolest stuff in the universe," as well... Continue Reading
Physics professor and JQI Fellow Fred Wellstood has been appointed the newest UMD Co-Director of JQI. He assumed the role on March 1."Fred has played a major role in the JQI since its founding," says Gretchen Campbell, the current NIST Co-Director of JQI. "Most recently, his tireless efforts helped to design and ultimately build the new Physical Sciences Center at Maryland that many JQI labs... Continue Reading
Destabilized solitons perform a disappearing actIn the presence of impurities, dark solitons accelerate and vanish from sight
When your heart beats, blood courses through your veins in waves of pressure. These pressure waves manifest as your pulse, a regular rhythm unperturbed by the complex internal structure of the body. Scientists call such robust waves solitons, and in many ways they behave more like discrete particles than waves. Soliton theory may aid in the understanding of tsunamis, which—unlike other water... Continue Reading
Crossing the quantum-chaotic divideResearchers take a closer look at the emergence of quantum effects and the destruction of chaos.
- February 21, 2017
- Research News
Chaos is all around us, a fact that weather forecasters know all too well.Their job is notoriously difficult because small changes in air pressure or temperature, which ultimately drive winds and weather systems, can have huge consequences on a global scale. This sensitivity to tiny differences is commonly called the butterfly effect, and it makes weather patterns chaotic and hard to predict.... Continue Reading
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
Xiapeng Li is a JQI Postdoctoral Fellow working in CMTC. His research interest is primarily in quantum condensed matter. His work covers novel states of matter in both well-controlled ultracold atomic systems and in complex electronic materials. He has been have been studying a broad range of systems, such as atomic p-orbital systems in optical lattices, dipolar quantum gases, and complex oxides. Some of his current efforts focus on (1) emergent spin orbital couplings and gauge fields in spinor Bose gases and Bose-Fermi mixtures as well as (2) band crossing and multi-orbital superconductivity, spin spirals and skyrmions in oxides and heterostructures. Li received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was an undergraduate at the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China.
Nicholas Grabon is a JQI graduate fellow who received an undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, he helped design silicon chips with embedded quantum logic. At JQI, he previously worked on the theory of topological states on a lattice containing individual sites. Now, he is working with Vladimir Manucharyan to build smaller resonators with higher quality, design (fluxonium) qubits with decreased noise and better understand many-body physics.
Mary Lyon is originally from Princeton, New Jersey. She attended Bryn Mawr College, where she earned both her undergraduate degree in physics and a high school teaching certificate. Lyon originally planned to be a high school physics teacher, but discovered a love for research during a summer program at MIT the summer after her junior year. She briefly taught high school in Columbus, GA before going to graduate school at Brigham Young University, where she worked with Scott Bergeson on strongly coupled ultracold neutral plasmas. She is currently a JQI postdoctoral researcher in the group of Trey Porto and Steve Rolston where she is building a new quantum information experiment that will use an ensemble of cold Rydberg atoms.
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.
David Hucul is a graduate student in Professor Chris Monroe's trapped ion quantum information lab at the Joint Quantum Institute. He earned undergraduate degrees in physics and chemistry in 2006 from the University of Michigan and a master's degree at MIT in 2009 under Wolfgang Ketterle. David started his PhD work with Chris Monroe in 2009 working on using frequency combs to entangle trapped ions. He now works on entangling trapped atoms within and between ion traps using both phonons and photons to create quantum networks. He expects to finish his graduate studies sometime in 2015 and hopes to find a postdoctoral position after that.
Paul Hess is a postdoctoral fellow at JQI. He received his undergraduate degree in astrophysics at Williams College and went on to get his PhD in physics at Harvard University. There, he worked on precision measurement experiments that searched for the electric dipole moment of electrons bound to thorium oxide molecules. At JQI, as part of Chris Monroe’s trapped ion team, his work revolves around examining complex many body systems. He has studied many-body localization and is currently working on an experiment that would simulate quantum solids with an increased number of trapped ions.
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