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January 31, 2011

Inspired by the popular confidence trick known as “shell game,” researchers at UC Santa Barbara have demonstrated the ability to hide and shuffle “quantum-mechanical peas” –– microwave single photons –– under and between three microwave resonators, or “quantized shells.”

In a paper published in the Jan. 30 issue of the journal Nature Physics, UCSB researchers show the first demonstration of the coherent control of a multi-resonator architecture. This topic has been a holy grail among physicists studying photons at the quantum-mechanical level for more than a decade.

January 11, 2011

Eight faculty members at UC Santa Barbara – the highest one-year total ever for UCSB – have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

December 07, 2010

A quantum device designed by a team of UC Santa Barbara physicists led by Andrew Cleland and John Martinis has been named the 2010 Breakthrough of the Year by the journal Science.

November 22, 2010

Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen (Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry) has received a 2010 American Competitiveness and Innovation Fellowship (ACI) award from NSF.

November 03, 2010

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced it will
award approximately $16.5 million in grants to 43 scientists and
engineers who submitted winning research proposals through the Air
Force’s Young Investigator Research Program.

The YIP is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions
across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the
last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting
basic research.

October 20, 2010

Computers might one day recycle part of their own waste heat, using a material being studied by researchers at Ohio State.The material is a semiconductor called gallium manganese arsenide. In the early online edition of Nature Materials, researchers describe the detection of an effect that converts heat into a quantum mechanical phenomenon known as spin in a semiconductor.

October 15, 2010

Michael Gordon, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has received a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship for Science and Engineering. The award-one of the largest nongovernmental fellowships in the country-will provide Gordon with $875,000 over five years to support his research on advanced microscopy techniques for examining structures and surfaces at a minute scale. Gordon intends to develop a scanning chemical microscope for detection, identification and high-resolution imaging of biomolecules and surfaces.

October 14, 2010

Physicists at UC Santa Barbara have succeeded in combining laser light with trapped electrons to detect and control the electrons’ fragile quantum state without erasing it. This is an important step toward using quantum physics to expand computing power and to communicate over long distances without the possibility of eavesdropping. The work appears online today at Science Express.

September 24, 2010

A new research consortium led by UC Santa Barbara has been launched to develop photonic technology for communications and sensing applications. The multi-university-industry consortium is one of four chosen for funding by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Program Agency (DARPA) out of contenders from around the country. It will focus on innovative basic research in the field of photonics, in which light, rather than radio waves or electrical currents, is used to transmit information.

September 09, 2010

UC Santa Barbara’s “School for Scientific Thought” will begin its second year soon, with 100 local high school students learning about “hot topics” in science and engineering. The series of free Saturday mini-courses, which begins Sept. 25, is offered by the California NanoSystems Institute and supported by the National Science Foundation.

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