Quantum simulation of frustrated spins published in journal Science

Prof. Freericks led the theory effort on a University of Maryland/Georgetown University team that examined how to scale up ion trap quantum simulators to study complex frustrated spin states. The work was published in the May 3 edition of Science viewed as the top general science journal in the world.

Georgetown research featured on the cover of Nature Physics

Prof. David Egolf and a team of three former Georgetown undergraduates, Edward Banigan (C'07), Matthew Illich (C'11), and Derick Stace-Naughton (C'11), have had their research featured on the cover of the prestigious journal Nature Physics. They uncovered dynamical mechanisms behind the intriguing phenomenon of granular "jamming", in which free-flowing grains (sand, oranges, pharmaceuticals, etc.) develop into a disordered, solid-like state when the density is high enough.

Landmark MoS2 Research Published in Nature - Scientific Reports

Semiconducting molybdenum disulfphide is an attractive material for novel
nanoscale optoelectronic devices primarily due to its inherently large
direct bandgap. However, a major technological hurdle has been the
inability to create solid-state hole transport in MoS2 transistors. A
recent breakthrough achieved by members of the Physics Department will
appear in Nature – Scientific Reports, entitled “Electron-hole transport
and photovoltaic effect in gated MoS2 Schottky junctions”. The author
list includes a diverse group – a visiting engineering professor from

New undergraduate summer fellowship

The Department of Physics is pleased to announce the creation of the Walter Mayer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This new fellowship has been established through the generous support of Dr. David Auth (G'69), a former graduate student of the late Professor Walter Mayer. The first recipient of the fellowship is Alexander Zajac (C'15). Alex will spend this summer working with Professor Amy Liu on a research project to study superconductivity in chemically-doped single-layer MoS2.

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