: 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.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, April 24

You can see a creative dance group perform a physical ode to the natural world or check out an indie-soul singer who uses music to pay tribute to her roots.
NPR

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
WAMU 88.5

Environmentalists Turn To Campaign Finance Reform To Advance Cause

Frustrated by the lobbying power of oil and gas companies, environmenalists are joining the call for campaign finance reform in Washington.

NPR

FCC Set To Change Net Neutrality Rules

On Thursday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission will propose new rules for how broadband providers should treat the Internet traffic flowing through their networks.

Leave a Comment

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