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Zohreh Davoudi

Associate Director for Education

University of Maryland

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Zohreh Davoudi is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and a Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS) at the University of Maryland. She studies strongly interacting systems, such as hadrons and nuclei, using analytical and computational methods including effective field theories, lattice quantum chromodynamics, quantum simulation and quantum computing. Davoudi received her doctorate in physics from the University of Washington in 2014.

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    Particle Physics and Quantum Simulation Collide in New Proposal

    July 8, 2024

    In a recent paper, RQS researchers Zohreh Davoudi and Alexey Gorshkov collaborated with others to present a novel simulation method, discussing what insights the simulations might provide about the creation of particles during energetic collisions.

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    RQS Senior Investigator Davoudi Advocates for Quantum Simulation of Extreme Physics

    October 4, 2023

    Theoretical nuclear and particle physicists wield quantum field theory in their efforts to understand interactions between many particles or the behavior of particles with extremely large energies. This is no easy feat: At least theoretically, quantum field theory plays out in an infinite universe with particles constantly popping in and out of existence. Even the world’s biggest supercomputer would never be able to model it exactly. Fortunately, there are many computational tricks that can make the problem more tractable—like cutting up the infinite universe into a finite grid and taking judicious statistical samples instead of tracking every parameter of every particle—but they can only help so much. Over the past few years, a growing group of scientists has become wise to the potential of quantum computers to approach these calculations in a completely new way.