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Professor Askari wins NSF Quantum Leap grant

August 28, 2019

Advancements in computational power over the past fifty years have mostly relied on shrinking the size of the transistor, the fundamental constituent element of the integrated circuits that make up computers. As we reach the physical limits of how small transistors can be, further progress depends on exploring new concepts. One of these concepts is quantum computing, in which the quantum state of individual quantum bits (qubits) is manipulated to achieve exponential speedup of computational performance. A critical challenge to quantum computing lies in the stability and manipulation of qubits, which are highly sensitive and easily perturbed by the environment.


Professor Shang wins DOE/NNSA grant to study dynamics of high energy density materials

August 20, 2019

An ongoing challenge in high energy density science is obtaining detailed descriptions of the complex flows of liquids and plasmas at extreme temperatures and pressures, including small-scale hydrodynamic instabilities and turbulence that occur at scales of hundreds of microns or less.


Two faculty recognized by DOE as exceptional researchers

August 12, 2019

Two University of Rochester faculty members–Hussein Aluie and Ellen Matson–have been named recipients of Early Career Research awards from the Department of Energy. (see also Professor Aluie's 2015 award)


Tithof wins major award, defers professorship a year

May 30, 2019

Jeff Tithof is having a very good spring.