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07/17/2014

Future Electronics May Depend on Lasers

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Caltech researchers stabilize microwave oscillators with optical frequencies from a silicon chip. The approach could ultimately replace more conventional methods that rely on crystal references.
06/27/2014

Kip Thorne Discusses First Discovery of Thorne-Żytkow Object

Cynthia Eller
We recently sat down with Kip Thorne to ask how it feels to have astronomers discover something whose existence he postulated decades before.
05/30/2014

40-Year Service Awardees

Douglas Smith
The 59th Annual Staff Service Awards, presented in Beckman Auditorium on Monday, June 2, honored more than 250 staff members whose service ranges from 10 to 50 years. We profile three staff members celebrating 40 years at Caltech.
40-Year Service Awardees
05/21/2014

Supernova Caught in the Act by Palomar Transient Factory

Cynthia Eller
The problem with observing supernovae is knowing just when and where one is occurring and being able to point a world-class telescope at it in the hours immediately afterward.
05/15/2014

Tricking the Uncertainty Principle

Jessica Stoller-Conrad
Researchers at Caltech find a way to sidestep the quantum "noise" that limits the precision of ultrasensitive position measurements.
05/15/2014

Ditch Day? It’s Today, Frosh!

Andrew Allan
During this annual spring rite seniors ditch their classes and vanish from campus, leaving behind complex, carefully planned out puzzles and challenges—known as “stacks”—designed to occupy the underclass students and prevent them from wreaking havoc on the seniors’ rooms.
05/14/2014

Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics Established

Building on Caltech's leading position in fields such as general relativity, astrophysics, quantum computation, superstring theory, elementary particle theory, and condensed matter theory, the new institute will train generations of theoretical physicists.
Walter Burke
05/07/2014

50 Years Ago: The First Look at a Dry Mars

Douglas Smith
In 1964, Caltech astronomy professor Guido Münch and Jet Propulsion Laboratory space scientists Lewis Kaplan and Hyron Spinrad pushed the world's second-largest telescope to its limits and dashed—at least for the next few decades—any hopes of finding liquid water on Mars.
Guido Münch
05/01/2014

Markovic Elected to Great Britain's Royal Society

Kimm Fesenmaier
Vladimir Markovic, the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at Caltech, has been named a fellow of Great Britain's Royal Society. Markovic's election brings to seven the number of fellows and foreign members of the Royal Society currently on the Caltech faculty.
05/01/2014

To Supernova or Not to Supernova: A 3-D Model of Stellar Core Collapse

Cynthia Eller
Caltech researchers present a three-dimensional model of a rapidly rotating star with a strong magnetic field undergoing the process of collapse and explosion . . . or at least trying to.