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Christopher Jarzynski
Christopher Jarzynski

The mission of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST) is to foster excellence in interdisciplinary research and education at the University of Maryland. IPST accomplishes this by integrating people, science and technology.

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provide specialized training at the intersection of traditional fields, and are a central component of our mission.

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IPST Spring Assembly Meeting

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room

News and Special Events

Chemical Physics Alumnus featured in Physics World: Entangled aluminum ion is world’s best timekeeper

June 12, 2019. Samuel M. Brewer (2012 Ph.D. Chemical Physics) was featured in Physics World, June 6. A member of NIST’s Ion Storage Group, Brewer built a quantum-logic clock using a positive ion of aluminum-27 as its timekeeper. The Group, located in Boulder, CO, conducts experiments on atomic ions that are confined in electromagnetic traps and laser-cooled, in some cases, to the ground state of motion.

Dio Margetis named Ordway Distinguished Lecturer and Visitor for the 2019-2020 academic year

March 29, 2019. The School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota has selected Professor Dionisios Margetis (IPST/Mathematics) as an Ordway Distinguished Lecturer and Visitor (2019-2020). This distinction is awarded after faculty nomination and a competitive selection process in the School of Mathematics.

Professor Margetis will deliver lectures on his recent work in mathematical aspects of materials science and mathematical physics. In particular, he plans to talk on recent advances in the theory of plasmonic waves on two-dimensional materials from an applied mathematics perspective.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranked the School of Mathematics #11 in the world in 2015 and US News & World Report ranks the Graduate program among the top Mathematics programs both nationally and worldwide.

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