News Subscribe via RSS

02/09/2018

Caltech Mourns the Passing of Alumnus Joseph Polchinski, Renowned Physicist

Whitney Clavin
Joseph Polchinski, lauded for his fundamental contributions to string theory, passed away at age 63.
Joseph Polchinski
02/05/2018

New Clues to Compositions of TRAPPIST-1 Planets

A new study offers the best measurements yet of the densities of the TRAPPIST-1 planets.
Illustration of seven TRAPPIST-1 planets
02/01/2018

A Tabletop Approach to Probing Fundamental Laws of Physics

Whitney Clavin
Nick Hutzler talks about what drew him to Caltech—first as an undergraduate and now more than 10 years later as new faculty.
Nick Hutzler
01/24/2018

Taking the Pulse of Planets and Stars

Jim Fuller talks about movies he has developed to better understand the pulsations of planets and stars.
Jim Fuller
01/11/2018

Flat Metasurface Optics: Watson Lecture Preview

Andrei Faraon will discuss how nanotechnology enables new ways to make optical components.
Andrei Faraon will discuss how nanotechnology enables new ways to make optical components using fabrication processes already developed in the semiconductor industry
01/11/2018

Citizen Scientists Discover Five-Planet System

Lorinda Dajose
A group of 10,000 citizen scientists from all over the world helped to identify signals from five planets orbiting a distant star.
Artist's visualization of an exoplanetary system
01/05/2018

Caltech's NIRES Instrument Achieves "First Light"

A new Caltech-built instrument at Keck Observatory has captured its first spectral image.
NIRES
01/05/2018

New Windows on Nature: Caltech's Instrument Makers

In this 2017 address, President Rosenbaum discusses the history, future, and critical importance of the instruments designed and built by Caltech researchers.
photo of the lecture
12/21/2017

New Faculty Join Caltech in 2017

In 2017, Caltech welcomed 20 new faculty members to the Institute's six divisions—specialists in fields ranging from entomology to quantum physics.
photo of wistaria on Arms Laboratory at Caltech
12/20/2017

Update on Neutron Star Smash-Up: Jet Hits a Roadblock

Whitney Clavin
Light detected from a neutron star merger is not from a super-fast jet as previously suspected, but rather a bubble-like cocoon.
image