Deffner

UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

“There is no free lunch,” in quantum computing, says Sebastian Deffner. He and colleagues are setting out to quantify the trade-offs between the costs and benefits of faster or more powerful computers, taking cues from living cells. Continue reading UMBC physicist Sebastian Deffner reimagines the future of computing with biology in mind

This composite image contains data from Chandra (purple) that provides evidence for the survival of a companion star from the blast of a supernova explosion.  Chandra's X-rays reveal a point-like source in the supernova remnant at the location of a massive star.  The data suggest that mass is being pulled away from the massive star towards a neutron star or a black hole companion.  If confirmed, this would be only the third binary system containing both a massive star and a neutron star or black hole ever found in the aftermath of a supernova. This supernova remnant is found embedded in clouds of ionized hydrogen, which are shown in optical light (yellow and cyan) from the MCELS survey, along with additional optical data from the DSS (white).

Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

“These are more massive than our own Sun but squeezed down to something about the size of Washington, DC,” explains Corbet. The forces required to create gamma rays are intense, he says, “It’s like having a particle accelerator in space.” Continue reading Astrophysicist Robin Corbet discovers rare, high-energy binary star system beyond the Milky Way

Lorraine_Remer-5657

Eight bwtech@UMBC companies named 2016 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year finalists

“It is so rewarding to see these innovative and promising companies achieve commercial success, and to see ICOY recognize their tremendous growth,” says Jennifer Reynolds of bwtech@UMBC, home to more than a third of this year’s finalists for the statewide award. Continue reading Eight bwtech@UMBC companies named 2016 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year finalists

URCAD2016-9581

Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

The University Center Ballroom was humming on Wednesday, April 27, with the voices of hundreds of UMBC students presenting their research and creative work to proud long-time supporters and curious first-time visitors alike. Continue reading Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day celebrates 20 years of remarkable student work

Cummings_UMBC2016-0615

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Anthony Johnson to chair national advisory board promoting diversity in physics

Anthony Johnson, professor of physics and computer science and electrical engineering, has been named chair of the American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program’s National Advisory Board (NAB). Johnson was involved with the Bell Labs Cooperative Research Fellowship Program for Minorities, a precursor to the APS Bridge Program, in the 1970s. “The Bridge Program had its genesis with the Bell Labs Diversity Program, which I participated in, and thus it was quite an honor to be nominated Chair or the APS Bridge Program’s NAB,” he shares. The Bridge Program was created in 2013, funded by the National Science Foundation and the … Continue reading Anthony Johnson to chair national advisory board promoting diversity in physics

win_JCET

NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

For twenty years JCET has brought leading scientists to UMBC in research areas that align with NASA’s Earth science interests, such as climate and radiation, atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and solar system sciences, including geophysics. UMBC is now ranked among the world’s top universities for geosciences. Continue reading NASA renews partnership with UMBC’s JCET for $46 million over five years

Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, Physics, Use Hubble Telescope to Observe Rare “Shock Collision”

Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, physics, published an article in Nature last week detailing their research on black holes. Meyer, the lead author of the paper, is completing a postdoctoral position at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore before beginning her professorship at UMBC. Using photographs taken with the Hubble Space Telescope over the past 25 years, Meyer and Georganopoulos observed a “shock collision” of plasma jets, indicating that plasma jets run into each other and gain energy in that manner. “Something like this has never been seen before in an extragalactic jet,” Meyer said. “This will allow us … Continue reading Eileen Meyer and Markos Georganopoulos, Physics, Use Hubble Telescope to Observe Rare “Shock Collision”

Zhibo Zhang receives $710K grant from NASA

Zhibo Zhang, an Assistant Professor in the Physics Department, and his collaborators received a three-year grant of $710K from NASA’s Sciences of Terra and Aqua program to study the Marine Boundary Layer (MBL) clouds. The MBL clouds cover about 20% of Earth’s surface. They play a pivotal in Earth’s radiative energy budget. Prof. Zhang’s research will help us understand the horizontal and microphysical structure of MBL clouds and provides guidance for the development of future NASA satellite missions. As PI, Zhang will lead a group of researchers from UMBC, NASA GISS, and the Univ. of Illinois. Zhang was also recently … Continue reading Zhibo Zhang receives $710K grant from NASA

Ruben Delgado, JCET, in the Baltimore Sun

What do you need to do to put up offshore wind turbines? You need to know where the wind is. That’s what Ruben Delgado, a faculty research assistant in UMBC’s Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET), is working on. Timothy Wheeler at the Baltimore Sun wrote: “Also aboard are scientists from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who are gathering data on atmospheric conditions and winds high above the water, where the giant turbine blades will be. Ruben Delgado, a faculty research assistant at UMBC, said the data gathered using remote sensing gear on board as well as old-fashioned … Continue reading Ruben Delgado, JCET, in the Baltimore Sun

Raymond Hoff, Physics, Honored with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) held its 2012 Agency Honor Awards on August 2nd to honor individuals who “have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency’s mission.” Among those honored was Raymond Hoff, physics, who received the Distinguished Public Service Medal (DPSM) at an awards ceremony held at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The DPSM serves as NASA’s “highest form of recognition that is awarded to any non-Government individual or to an individual who was not a Government employee during the period in which the service was performed, whose distinguished service, ability, or vision has personally … Continue reading Raymond Hoff, Physics, Honored with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal

Dr. Sanjit Karmakar ’12, Physics, in The Baltimore Sun

Recent Ph.D. Sanjit Karmakar ’12, physics, was featured in an article published by The Baltimore Sun July 13th. The focus of the article was on Karmakar’s work in “ghost imaging,” where a picture can be taken without actually “seeing” the object which is being photographed. The camera the physicist designed utilizes the light of the sun as the source for images, which are generated on a computer using mathematics associated with quantum physics. This process can be used to generate images of objects on other continents and planets without the distortion of traditional photography, according to the piece. Speaking on … Continue reading Dr. Sanjit Karmakar ’12, Physics, in The Baltimore Sun