he mission of the Department of Physics at UMBC is based on three pillars: education, research and service to society. We strive to provide outstanding educational opportunities, through instruction and research, for undergraduate physics majors seeking preparation for graduate school or entry into the workforce. We also aim to train graduate students to be leaders in their field of research. Our research goal is to grow and sustain internationally recognized research groups in atmospheric physics, astrophysics, condensed matter physics and quantum optics and information science. Through our teaching of physics to non-science and non-physics majors and through our Physics for Secondary Education Teachers program, we provide professional service to the university community and the State.

Recent Submissions

  • The Event Horizon General Relativistic Magnetohydrodynamic Code Comparison Project 

    Porth, Oliver; Chatterjee, Koushik; Narayan, Ramesh (2019-04-11)
    Recent developments in compact object astrophysics, especially the discovery of merging neutron stars by LIGO, the imaging of the black hole in M87 by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) and high precision astrometry of the ...
  • Using Gamma Ray Monitoring to Avoid Missing the Next Milky Way Type Ia Supernova 

    Wang, Xilu; Fields, Brian D.; Lien, Amy Yarleen (2019-04-10)
    A Milky-Way Type Ia Supernova (SNIa) could be unidentified or even initially unnoticed, being dim in radio, X-rays, and neutrinos, and suffering large optical/IR extinction in the Galactic plane. But SNIa emit nuclear ...
  • The MURALES survey. II. Presentation of the observations and first results 

    Balmaverde, Barbara; Capetti, Alessandro; Marconi, Alessandro; Venturi, Giacomo; Chiaberge, M.; Baldi, R.D.; Baum, S.; Gilli, R.; Grandi, P.; Meyer, E.; Miley, G.; O'Dea, C.; Sparks, W.; Torresi, E.; Tremblay, G. (2019-03-27)
    We present observations of a complete sub sample of 20 radio galaxies from the Third Cambridge Catalog (3C) with redshift <0.3 obtained from VLT/MUSE optical integral field spectroscoph. These data have been obtained as ...
  • Probing the extragalactic fast transient sky at minute timescales with DECam 

    Andreoni, Igor; Cooke, Jeffrey; Webb, Sara; Rest, Armin; Pritchard, Tyler A.; Caleb, Manisha; Chang, Seo-Won; Farah, Wael; Lien, Amy; Möller, Anais; Ravasio, Maria Edvige; Abbott, Timothy M. C.; Bhandari, Shivani; Cucchiara, Antonino; M. Flynn, Christopher; Jankowski, Fabian; Keane, Evan F.; Moriya, Takashi J.; Onken, Christopher; Parthasarathy, Aditya; Price, Daniel C.; Petroff, Emily; Ryder, Stuart; Wolf, Christian (2019-03-26)
    Searches for optical transients are usually performed with a cadence of days to weeks, optimised for supernova discovery. The optical fast transient sky is still largely unexplored, with only a few surveys to date having ...
  • Inversion of multi-angular polarimetric measurements over open and coastal ocean waters: a joint retrieval algorithm for aerosol and water leaving radiance properties 

    Gao, Meng; Zhai, Peng-Wang; Franz, Bryan; Hu, Yongxiang; Knobelspiesse, Kirk; Werdell, P. Jeremy; Ibrahim, Amir; Cairns, Brian; Chase, Alison (Copernicus Publications, 2019-03-26)
    Ocean color remote sensing is a challenging task over coastal waters due to the complex optical properties of aerosols and hydrosols. In order to conduct accurate atmospheric correction, we previously implemented a joint ...
  • Contributions to composite conductivity and Seebeck coefficient in commercial Bi₂Te₃—Conjugated polymer composites 

    Huang, Jiyuan; Li, Hui; Kirksey, Evan; Hoffman, Christina; Jang, Hyun-June; Wagner, Justine; Madan, Deepa; Katz, Howard E. (AIP Publishing, 2019-03-28)
    We demonstrated the use of as-received conjugated polymer P3HT [poly (3-hexylthiophene-2,5 diyl)] doped with F4TCNQ (2,3,5,6- tetrafluoro-7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane) as a matrix for forming a composite with as-received, ...
  • Kiloparsec-scale Jets: Physics, Emission Mechanisms, and Challenges 

    Perlman, Eric S.; Meyer, Eileen; Eilek, Jean; Tchekhovskoy, Sasha; Nyland, Kristina; Agudo, Ivan; Baum, Stefi; Hardcastle, Martin; Kadler, Matthias; Labiano, Alvaro; Marshall, Herman; O’Dea, Christopher; Worrall, Diana (2019-03-08)
    Jets are a ubiquitous part of the accretion process, created in AGN, by a coupling between the magnetic field near the central black hole and inflowing material. We point out what advances can be achieved by new technologies, ...
  • Retrieval of liquid water cloud properties from POLDER-3 measurements using a neural network ensemble approach 

    Noia, Antonio Di; Hasekamp, Otto P.; Diedenhoven, Bastiaan van; Zhang, Zhibo (Copernicus Publications on behalf of the European Geosciences Union, 2019-03-18)
    This paper describes a neural network algorithm for the estimation of liquid water cloud optical properties from the Polarization and Directionality of Earth’s Reflectances-3 (POLDER-3) instrument aboard the Polarization ...
  • Plasmon-exciton coupling 

    Pelton, Matthew; Sheldon, Matthew; Khurgin, Jacob (De Gruyter, 2019-03-15)
  • Disorder-assisted graph coloring on quantum annealers 

    Więckowski, Andrzej; Deffner, Sebastian; Gardas, Bartłomiej (2019-03-17)
    We are at the verge of a new era, which will be dominated by Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum Devices. Prototypical examples for these new technologies are present-day quantum annealers. In the present work, we investigate ...
  • Prospects for AGN Studies at Hard X-ray through MeV Energies 

    Meyer, Eileen; Finke, Justin; Younes, George; D'Ammando, Filippo; Rani, Bindu; Buson, Sara; Wadiasingh, Zorowar; Agudo, Ivan; Beckmann, Volker; Longo, Francesco (2019-03-18)
    This White Paper explores advances in the study of Active Galaxies which will be enabled by new observing capabilities at MeV energies (hard X-rays to gamma-rays; 0.1-1000 MeV), with a focus on multi-wavelength synergies. ...
  • physics, emission mechanisms, and challenges of Kiloparsec-scale Jets: 

    Perlman, Eric S.; Meyer, Eileen; Eilek, Jean; Tchekhovskoy, Sasha; Nyland, Kristina; Agudo, Ivan; Baum, Stefi; Hardcastle, Martin; Kadler, Matthias; Labiano, Alvaro; Marshall, Herman; ODea, Christopher; Worrall, Diana (2019-03-08)
    Jets are a ubiquitous part of the accretion process, created in AGN, by a coupling between the magnetic field near the central black hole and inflowing material. We point out what advances can be achieved by new technologies, ...
  • AXIS Advanced X-ray Imaging Satellite 

    Mushotzky, Richard F.; Aird, James; Barger, Amy J.; Cappelluti, Nico; Chartas, George; Corrales, Lia; Eufrasio, Rafael; Fabian, Andrew C.; Falcone, Abraham D.; Gallo, Elena; Gilli, Roberto; Grant, Catherine E.; Hardcastle, Martin; Hodges-Kluck, Edmund; Kara, Erin; Koss, Michael; Li, Hui; Lisse, Carey M.; Loewenstein, Michael; Markevitch, Maxim; Meyer, Eileen T.; Miller, Eric D.; Mulchaey, John; Petre, Robert; Ptak, Andrew J.; Reynolds, Christopher S.; Russell, Helen R.; Safi-Harb, Samar; Smith, Randall K.; Snios, Bradford; Tombesi, Francesco; Valencic, Lynne; Walker, Stephen A.; Williams, Brian J.; Winter, Lisa M.; Yamaguchi, Hiroya; Zhang, William W. (2019-03-11)
    Much of the baryonic matter in the Universe, including the most active and luminous sources, are best studied in the X-ray band. Key advances in X-ray optics and detectors have paved the way for the Advanced X-ray Imaging ...
  • Tip-enhanced strong coupling spectroscopy, imaging, and control of a single quantum emitter 

    Park, Kyoung-Duck; May, Molly A.; Leng, Haixu; Wang, Jiarong; Kropp, Jaron A.; Gougousi, Theodosia; Pelton, Matthew; Raschke, Markus B. (2019-02-27)
    Optical cavities can enhance and control light-matter interactions. This has recently been extended to the nanoscale, and with single emitter strong coupling regime even at room temperature using plasmonic nano-cavities ...
  • Optical attenuation without absorption 

    Nodurft, I.C.; Brewster, R.A.; Pittman, T.B.; Franson, J.D. (2019-03-05)
    We consider a coherent state of light propagating through an ensemble of two-level atoms where all the atoms are initially in their ground state. In ordinary absorption, the transition of atoms to their excited state along ...
  • Strain effects on electronic and magnetic properties of the monolayer α-RuCl3α-RuCl3: A first-principles and Monte Carlo study 

    Vatansever, Erol; Sarikurt, Sevil; Kadioglu, Yelda; Aktürk, Olcay Üzengi; Yüksel, Yusuf; Ataca, Can; Aktürk, Ethem; Akıncı, Ümit (AIP Publishing, 2019-02-28)
    The electronic and magnetic properties of a material can be altered by strain engineering. We elucidate the strain dependence of electronic and magnetic properties in α-RuCl₃ monolayer by varying the biaxial in-plane tensile ...
  • Relativistic Jets in the Accretion & Collimation Zone: New Challenges Enabled by New Instruments 

    Perlman, Eric S.; Birkinshaw, Mark; Kadler, Matthias; Komissarov, Serguei; Lister, Matthew; Meier, David; Meyer, Eileen; Nakamura, Masanori; Nyland, Kristina; O’Dea, Christopher; Worrall, Diana; Zdziarski, Andrzej (2019-02-26)
    Jets are a ubiquitous part of the accretion process, seen in a wide variety of objects ranging from active galaxies (AGN) to X-ray binary stars and even newly formed stars. AGN jets are accelerated by the supermassive black ...
  • Fast-Cadence TESS Photometry and Doppler Tomography of the Asynchronous Polar CD Ind: A Revised Accretion Geometry from Newly Proposed Spin and Orbital Periods 

    Littlefield, Colin; Garnavich, Peter; Mukai, Koji; Mason, Paul; Szkody, Paula; Kennedy, Mark; Myers, Gordon; Schwarz, Robert (2019-03-01)
    The TESS spacecraft observed the asynchronous polar CD Ind at a two-minute cadence almost continuously for 28 days in 2018, covering parts of 5 consecutive cycles of the system's 7.3-day beat period. These observations ...
  • Using Clickers for Deliberate Practice in Five Large Science Courses 

    Hodges, Linda C.; Anderson, Eric C.; Carpenter, Tara S.; Cui, Lili; Feeser, Elizabeth A.; Gierasch, Tiffany Malinky (NSTA, 2017-11-01)
    Clickers are often used as an active learning tool in face-to-face classes to enhance student engagement and assess student learning. In this article we share the variety of ways that we use clicker questions ...
  • Using Reading Quizzes in STEM Classes—The What, Why, and How 

    Hodges, Linda C.; Anderson, Eric C.; Carpenter, Tara S.; Cui, Lili; Gierasch, Tiffany Malinky; Leupen, Sarah; Nanes, Kalman M.; Wagner, Cynthia R. (National Science Teachers Association, 2015)
    Many active learning pedagogies depend on students' preparing for class in advance. One common method for holding students accountable for this preparation is the use of reading quizzes. When used thoughtfully, reading ...

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