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The University of Rochester (U of R , UR, or Rochester) is a private research university in Rochester, New York. The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees. The College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is home to departments and divisions of note. The Institute of Optics was founded in 1929 through a grant from Eastman Kodak and Bausch and Lomb as the first educational program in the US devoted exclusively to optics, awards approximately half of all optics degrees nationwide, and is widely regarded as the premier optics program in the nation. The Departments of Political Science and Economics have made a significant and consistent impact on positivist social science since the 1960s, and historically rank in the top 5 in their fields. The Department of Chemistry is noted for its contributions to synthetic organic chemistry, including the first lab based synthesis of morphine. The Rossell Hope Robbins Library serves as the university's resource for Old and Middle English texts and expertise. The university is also home to Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics, a US Department of Energy supported national laboratory.

A quantum leap in cooling atoms for better computers

“Rochester physicists will study heat and energy flow in quantum mechanics to help develop more efficient quantum computers. At the incredibly tiny quantum level, the laws of physics begin to act differently and the usual rules don’t apply, including …

Could artificial intelligence power the future of fusion?

“Rochester scientists will develop machine learning to help predict, design, and improve laser-fusion implosions for inertial fusion energy. Researchers from the University of Rochester and Hewlett Packard Enterprise believe artificial intelligence can help scientists take the next step toward creating …

New technique may help achieve mass production fusion energy

“Dynamic shell formation has been demonstrated experimentally for the first time at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Fusion, which replicates the same reaction that powers the sun, has long been viewed as an ideal energy source …

Scientists edge toward scalable quantum simulations on a photonic chip

“A system using photonics-based synthetic dimensions could be used to help explain complex natural phenomena. Scientists have made an important step toward developing computers advanced enough to simulate complex natural phenomena at the quantum level. While these types of simulations …

Creating superconducting circuits

“Physicist Machiel Blok develops techniques to improve superconducting circuits, which may help create more powerful quantum computers. In the quest to unlock the power of quantum computers, scientists such as Machiel Blok study information processing at the infinitesimally small level …

Unlocking the power of photosynthesis for clean energy production

“A new grant will allow Rochester researchers to leverage bacteria and nanomaterials to mimic photosynthesis and produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel. As the world faces an increasing demand for clean and sustainable energy sources, scientists are turning to the power of …

Tapered optical fiber addresses challenge posed by Brillouin scattering

“Rochester researchers achieve strong optical-acoustic interactions with long-lived acoustic waves. When optical beams, consisting of photons, travel through fibers, they cause vibrations that generate acoustic waves, consisting of phonons. The phenomenon, called Brillouin scattering, has been harnessed by researchers to …

Perovskites, a ‘dirt cheap’ alternative to silicon, just got a lot more efficient

“The secret, a University of Rochester optics professor explains, is to harness the power of metals. Silicon, the standard semiconducting material used in a host of applications—computer central processing units (CPUs), semiconductor chips, detectors, and solar cells—is an …

‘Ghostly’ neutrinos provide new path to study protons

“Scientists have discovered a new way to investigate the structure of protons using neutrinos, known as ‘ghost particles.’ Neutrinos are one of the most abundant particles in our universe, but they are notoriously difficult to detect and study: they don …

How does radiation travel through dense plasma?

“First-of-its-kind experimental evidence defies conventional theories about how plasmas emit or absorb radiation. Most people are familiar with solids, liquids, and gases as three states of matter. However, a fourth state of matter, called plasmas, is the most abundant form …