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UChicago-led research team develops “blueprint” for quantum materials

October 21, 2021

A University of Chicago-led research team has written a blueprint on a special class of qubit materials. Their work is featured on the cover of Nature Reviews Materials this month.

Researchers at the University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and institutions in Japan, Korea, and Hungary published a blueprint for a class of materials that is quickly emerging as an important player in quantum science: crystals with defects.

2-D room-temperature magnets could unlock quantum computing

October 21, 2021

An illustration of a man waving a banner

Prof. David Awschalom of physics comments on the big obstacles to creating commercial spintronic devices or shrinking conventional data storage.

Weizmann Institute of Science joins Giant Magellan Telescope, a top priority for science worldwide

October 20, 2021

Giant Magellan Telescope

On September 14, 2021, the GMTO Corporation welcomed the Weizmann Institute of Science into its international consortium of distinguished universities and research institutions building the Giant Magellan Telescope, which includes the University of Chicago. The new partnership reinforces that completing the largest and most powerful Gregorian optical-infrared telescope ever engineered is a top priority for the global scientific community.

Ancient Martian ‘lake’ may have just been ephemeral puddles

October 20, 2021

Curiosity Mars rover

Asst. Prof. Edwin Kite, Department of the Geophysical Sciences, responds to a new study on Martian terrain that suggests the ‘lake’ believed to be at the landing site of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover may have only been a series of smaller, transient puddles.

Nation’s first quantum accelerator, Duality, announces first corporate supporters

October 14, 2021

Illustration of quantum interactions in a field

Duality, the nation’s first accelerator focused exclusively on supporting quantum science and technology companies, has announced that Amazon Web Services is among its first corporate supporters, along with Caruso Ventures, Lathrop GPM LLP, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Silicon Valley Bank, and Toptica Photonics to support its inaugural cohort of six startups, and help fuel quantum innovation in Chicago and the region.

To watch a comet form, a spacecraft could tag along for a journey toward the sun

October 14, 2021

Siding Spring comet

Darryl Seligman, T.C. Chamberlin Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, says ‘Centaurs’ near Jupiter could provide a unique opportunity to learn about the solar system.

From the deserts of Wyoming to the Human-Computer Integration Lab: PSD graduate students engage in summer research projects

October 12, 2021

Washakie Basin, Wyoming, against a large blue sky, to show where fossils are hunted

From an expedition to hunt for fossils in the deserts of Wyoming to building a virtual reality headset, University of Chicago Physical Sciences Division graduate students were exploring a range of questions during the Summer Quarter. Here is how six students spent the summer.

New wearable device controls individual fingers for sign language, music applications

October 11, 2021

a hand with a wearable electronic device affixed

Computer science researchers in Asst. Prof. Pedro Lopes’ Human Computer Integration Lab recently presented their design for DextrEMS, a wearable device combining electrical muscle stimulation and mechanical brakes to control individual fingers.

Dust collected from a speeding asteroid analyzed with massive accelerator

October 1, 2021

A team that includes UChicago, Argonne beamline scientist Barbara Lavina and physicist Jiyong Zhao will be among the first to study asteroid fragments from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft. This summer they took readings of asteroid fragments using X-ray scattering methods at beamline 3-ID-B at the Advanced Photon Source. Next, the fragments will return to Argonne for more extensive readings using Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques.

Prof. Jiwoong Park leads scientists to create material that can both move and block heat

October 1, 2021

Illustration of ultra-thin layers of crystal on top of each other indicating heat exchange

By stacking ultra-thin layers of crystal on top of each other, rotated slightly, researchers led by Jiwoong Park, professor of chemistry and molecular engineering, created a material that is extremely good at both containing heat and moving it—an unusual ability at the microscale.

Scientists use nuclear physics to probe Floridan Aquifer threatened by climate change

October 1, 2021

Reika Yokochi collects water samples

As rising sea levels threaten coastal areas, scientists like Reika Yokochi in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences are using an emerging nuclear dating technique to track the ins and outs of water flow.

DOE grant funds UChicago, Argonne research on AI models informing climate change

September 28, 2021

An image of snow on frozen power lines demonstrating the effects of severe weather events

A new project funded through a $3.25 million grant from DoE to UChicago and Argonne National Lab will allow researchers to apply artificial intelligence to accelerate the scientific simulation of complex physical systems, especially those relating to climate change.

QuSTEAM initiative awarded $5M to advance quantum science education

September 27, 2021

blue and grey spheres represent quantum states in motion

The University of Chicago and the Chicago Quantum Exchange are among the partnering institutions awarded $5 million from the NSF’s Convergence Accelerator. QuSTEAM: Convergence Undergraduate Education in Quantum Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics will be a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional program led by Ohio State intended to revolutionize and create more equitable pathways to quantum science education.

Center for Bright Beams awarded $22M to boost accelerator science

September 24, 2021

A UChicago postdoc works in a clean room at Cornell University doing electron beam research

UChicago is a partner a collaboration of researchers led by Cornell University that has been awarded $22.5 million from the National Science Foundation to continue gaining the fundamental understanding needed to transform the brightness of electron beams available to science, medicine and industry.

Revolutionizing technology at the nanoscale, podcast with Paul Alivisatos

September 24, 2021

Paul Alivisatos with the BigBrains podcast logo at the bottom left

The Big Brains podcast speaks with Paul Alivisatos, the new UChicago president and nanomaterials pioneer. He discusses his field-defining research and how universities can support scientific discovery.