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Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

INQUIRY 2016 Research, Scholarship and the Arts at UVM

Nano World

Big Discoveries

Adrian Del Maestro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Physics Adrian Del Maestro, Ph.D., won a prestigious five-year CAREER grant in 2016 from the National Science Foundation that will fund his study of entanglement — the seemingly bizarre reality of atomic particles where measuring one photon in an entangled pair instantly determines the state of its partner particle, even if they are miles apart — and how entanglement might be applied to create a new generation of ultra-fast quantum computers.

This follows on Del Maestro's work published last year on the behavior of individual atoms through the controlled space of a infinitesimally small "nano faucet" — work that could someday help everyone in the full-sized world by contributing to improved sensors for GPS systems.