The eighth installment of the Mid-Atlantic Soft Matter workshop (MASM8) will be held at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) on the 9th of December from 8:50am - 5:50 pm. To learn more about the workshop and to attend, you can go to the event website. This workshop is being sponsored by the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology and NIST.
For nearly 70 years, physicists have speculated whether quantum fluctuations in two- or three-dimensional spin or boson systems can destabilize ordered phases. The resulting phase would then be a "quantum liquid". As emphasized in a Viewpoint by the journal Physics, postdoctoral fellow Christopher Varney and Prof. Marcos Rigol were part of a team that presented the first convincing example of a gapless quantum spin liquid in a realistic model in two dimensions.
The Department of Physics is pleased to announce that Rhonda Dzakpasu has been accepted as a Fall 2011 Fellow of the Engelhard Project for Connecting Life and Learning, which is housed in Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Each semester, the Engelhard Project invites faculty fellows to consider ways that they might make meaningful connections between the academic content of a course and a health or wellness topic relevant to students' lives.
Georgetown team involved in scale-up of analog quantum computers toward measuring quantum critical points
Prof. Jim Freericks and Postdoctoral Fellow Joseph Wang are part of a multidisciplinary team that has recently demonstrated the onset of a quantum phase transition in a quantum simulator made from up to nine trapped ions. The experimental team, led by the group of Chris Monroe at the University of Maryland and the Joint Quantum Institute, performed simulations of the transverse field Ising model on 2 to 9 trapped ion systems. The Georgetown team involved in theory and computation to help understand the experimental results.