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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.

Our selective and highly ranked graduate programs in the fields of

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: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 12:30 to 2:30 pm
Place: 1116 IPST Bldg. - Conference Room


News and Special Events

Don Reames publishes a book on Solar Energetic Particles

March 23, 2017. Senior Research Scientist Donald Reams (IPST) published a book entitled "Solar Energetic Particles: A modern Primer on Understanding Sources, Acceleration and Propagation" (Springer) on April 12. The book introduces the background environment and some basic properties of solar energetic particles (SEP) events, time durations, abundances, and solar cycle variations to the non-specialist reader.

Reames, who joined IPST in 2007, earned his Ph.D. in nuclear physics at the University of California at Berkeley. He subsequently joined NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center where he worked with experiments on the Gemini, IMP, ISEE, Helios, Voyager, Wind and STEREO missions. He is the recipient of the 2012 George Ellery Hale Prize from the American Astronomical Society in recognition "...of his pioneering work on the composition and transport of Solar Energetic Particles, and for the key insights that firmly established the modern paradigm for SEP production."


Ellen Williams returns to UMD

March 16, 2017. Our colleague Ellen Williams (IPST / Physics) has returned to the University of Maryland following a leave of absence spent sequentially working as Chief Scientist at BP and as Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (DOE). Her research interests include the applications of technological innovation for modernizing the world’s energy system, and understanding the uptake and pathways of innovative new energy technologies.


Eun-Suk Seo's work highlighted on eve of upcoming experiment flying to International Space Station

March 3, 2017. Today we are proud to share a new feature story on research from Eun-Suk Seo (IPST / Physics), who leads the Cosmic Ray Physics Group at IPST. For more than a decade, Seo's team has overseen seven Long Duration Balloon (LDB) missions in Antarctica dedicated to studying the nature of cosmic rays. This year, instruments designed and built by Seo's group will journey to the International Space Station for a three-year mission to capture cosmic ray data beyond Earth's atmosphere.


Michael Fisher publishes a book on statistical physics

March 3, 2017. Distinguished University Professor Michael E. Fisher (IPST) recently published a book entitled Excursions in the Land of Statistical Physics". The book provides a collection of selected reviews written by Professor Fisher, spanning a 50-plus year career. The first chapter, written in 1991 by Fisher’s postdoctoral advisor Cyril Domb, talks of his early academic life at King’s College London. The final article, "Statistical Physics in the Oeuvre of Chen Ning Yang" published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B in 2015, stems from the 2015 Conference on 60 Years of Yang-Mills Gauge Field Theories.

In 1983 Fisher was awarded the James Murray Luck Award for Excellence in Scientific Reviewing by the National Academy of Sciences for his "...continuing sequence of reviews that put into proper perspective discoveries concerning critical phenomena and defined the fundamental problems he and others subsequently resolved."


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