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09/15/2015

Advanced LIGO to Begin Operations

Rod Pyle
The Advanced LIGO, twin observatories designed to detect gravitational waves, begins full-scale operations this week after a 7-year overhaul. The new detectors are 10 times as powerful as their predecessors.
Preparations for Advanced LIGO's full-scale operational startup
09/03/2015

Farthest Galaxy Detected

Rod Pyle
Caltech researchers have reported the detection of the farthest object yet, galaxy EGS8p7. At more than 13.2 billion years old, it provides a fascinating glimpse of the very early universe, just 600,000 years after the Big Bang.
Galaxy EGS8p7 as seen from space telescopes.
08/28/2015

Seeing Quantum Motion

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Even large objects obey quantum physics, meaning they are never quite at rest. Caltech researchers have developed a way to detect—and manipulate—this underlying quantum motion.
08/21/2015

After a Half Century, the Exotic Pentaquark Particle is Found

Rod Pyle
In July, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) reported the discovery of the pentaquark, a long-sought particle first predicted to exist in the 1960s by Caltech's Murray Gell-Mann.
08/18/2015

Physicist Charles A. Barnes Dies

Kathy Svitil
Charles A. Barnes, professor of physics, emeritus, at Caltech and an expert in the study of both the weak nuclear force—one of the fundamental forces of nature—and of the nuclear reactions that produce the majority of the elements in our universe, passed away on Friday, August 14, 2015. He was 93.
08/17/2015

Caltech Theoretical Physicist Receives the 2015 Dirac Medal and Prize

Lori Dajose
Alexei Kitaev, the Ronald and Maxine Linde Professor of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, has been awarded the 2015 Dirac Medal and Prize from the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics.
photo of Alexei Kitaev
08/12/2015

Women in STEM Preview Day

Lori Dajose
More than 100 high school seniors and their families got an inside look at the impact Caltech women are making in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
08/07/2015

Caltech Announces Discovery in Fundamental Physics

Rod Pyle
Caltech's Thomas F. Rosenbaum and colleagues at the University of Chicago and the Argonne National Laboratory recently used a synchrotron X-ray source to investigate the existence of instabilities in the arrangement of the electrons in metals as a function of both temperature and pressure, and to pinpoint, for the first time, how those instabilities arise.
08/05/2015

Caltech Astronomers Unveil a Distant Protogalaxy Connected to the Cosmic Web

Kimm Fesenmaier
The finding of cold gas flowing into a galaxy-in-the-making provides strong support for the cold-flow model of galaxy formation in the early universe.
08/04/2015

Peter Hung Awarded Inaugural R. Bruce Stewart Prize for Excellence in Teaching Physics

The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy is pleased to announce that Peter Hung has...
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