Stimulus Grant To Fund UMD Quantum Science Lab | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Stimulus Grant To Fund UMD Quantum Science Lab

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Blatt

The University of Maryland has received a $10 million federal stimulus grant for a new lab, where studies of the smallest particles could lead to big breakthroughs.

The lab is for quantum scientists, who study the behavior of individual atoms. The hope is that knowing how to work with such small particles will allow scientists to make more sensitive sensors and more powerful computers.

But Steven Rolson, a Maryland physics professor, says when you're studying individual atoms, the smallest variations, vibrations or temperature changes can interfere.

"One of the standard ways you solve problems of vibrations is you wait until everyone goes home," he says. "So you do your best measurements at two in the morning. You can do that. But it's not the most efficient use of your poor graduate students."

The grant will fund a new 21,000 square-foot underground lab that will accommodate work at all hours of the day and night.

NPR

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children's programs for decades.
NPR

From Humble Salt To Fancy Freezing: How To Up Your Cocktail Game

You don't need to have liquid nitrogen at your next cocktail party — but it's certainly a sure-fire way to impress your guests. Expert mixologist Dave Arnold walks you through it.
NPR

Week In Politics: Hagel's Resignation, Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of the New York Times about the grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson and the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
NPR

Millennial Doctors May Be More Tech-Savvy, But Is That Better?

Text messages from your doctor are just the start. Millennials are the next generation of doctors and they're not afraid to say "chillax" in a consultation or check Twitter to find medical research.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.