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Searching for Vibrations from the Big Bang

Douglas Smith
For a brief instant after the Big Bang, the universe flew apart at speeds faster than light; the gravitational waves from this expansion sowed the seeds of galaxies. Caltech professor Jamie Bock is hunting for an echo of these waves in the cosmic microwave background.
BICEP2 at the South Pole

Simon Wins International Mathematics Prize

Lori Dajose
Barry Simon, the IBM Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Caltech, has been awarded the International János Bolyai Prize of Mathematics for 2015 by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Barry Simon

JPL News: NuSTAR Captures Possible Beacons from Dead Stars

Peering into the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has spotted a mysterious glow of high-energy X-rays.

Theoretical Physicist Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Lori Dajose
Sean Carroll, a research professor of physics, was awarded the mid-career fellowship, which recognizes those who have "demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

“Combing” Through Terahertz Waves

Kimm Fesenmaier
New device created by Caltech chemists opens the door for many new applications in a variety of fields from astronomy to chemistry and beyond.

Two Caltech Seniors Win Hertz Fellowships

Douglas Smith
Caltech seniors Adam Jermyn and Charles Tschirhart have been named 2015 Hertz Fellowship winners. Selected from a pool of approximately 800 applicants, the awardees will receive up to five years of support for their graduate studies.
2015 Hertz Foundation Fellows Charles Tschirhart (left) and Adam Jermyn (right)

Caltech Space Challenge: Mission to an Asteroid in Lunar Orbit

Kimm Fesenmaier
Thirty two students from around the world converged on campus to test their space mission design skills. Their task? To design the best manned mission to an asteroid placed in orbit around the moon . . . in just five days.

New NSF-Funded Physics Frontiers Center Expands Hunt for Gravitational Waves

Kathy Svitil
A $14.5 million, five-year grant from the National Science Foundation will help with the creation and operation of a multi-institution Physics Frontiers Center.

A Cool Process to Make Better Graphene

Ker Than
Material's unique properties in strength and electrical mobility far outpace silicon, with the potential to revolutionize an array of different engineering and scientific fields.

Kresa Leadership Chair Opens Door for Opportunity

Ann Motrunich
The unrestricted $10 million gift for Caltech's Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy will help back-of-the-napkin ideas become groundbreaking science.
photo of Kent and Joyce Kresa