Quantum Information, Quantum and Condensed Matter
Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy (PMA) Faculty: Jason Alicea, Xie Chen, Manuel Endres, David Hsieh, Alexei Kitaev, Ken Libbrecht, Olexei I. Motrunich, John Preskill, Gil Refael, Tom Rosenbaum, Michael Roukes, Axel Scherer, Daniel Silevitch, Linda Ye, Nai-Chang Yeh
Other Affiliated Faculty: Sandra M. Troian
Experimental and Theoretical Cosmology
PMA Faculty: James Bock, Clifford Cheung, Sunil Golwala, Mark Wise, Kathryn Zurek
Experimental Quantum Systems and Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
PMA Faculty: Manuel Endres, Nick Hutzler, Lee McCuller, Oskar Painter, Michael Roukes, Maria Spiropulu
Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculty : Harry Atwater, Andrei Faraon, Alireza Marandi, Kerry Vahala
Other Affiliated Faculty: Lihong Wang
Experimental atomic, molecular, and optical (AMO) research at Caltech focuses on controlling and understanding complex quantum systems for a wide variety of scientific goals. Current experiments include building arrays of ultracold atoms to study quantum information, metrology, many-body physics, and simulation of condensed matter systems; precision measurements in cold and ultracold polar molecules to search for fundamental symmetry violations; engineering atom-light interactions in photonic crystals; quantum physics of mechanical devices, hybrid superconducting quantum circuits, and optomechanical sensors; neurophotonics and neuromolecular sensing; development of quantum networks and communication and addressing fundamental questions in quantum information. Many of these research strands are collaborative efforts supported by the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter.
– See qse.caltech.edu for details –
Experimental Elementary Particle Physics
PMA Faculty: Bertrand Echenard, Brad Filippone, Sunil Golwala, David Hitlin, Nick Hutzler, Harvey Newman, Ryan Patterson, Frank Porter, Maria Spiropulu
Gravitational-wave Physics and Astrophysics
PMA Faculty: Rana Adhikari, Barry Barish, Katerina Chatziioannou, Yanbei Chen, Lee McCuller, Elias Most, Sterl Phinney, Tom Prince, David Reitze, Mark Scheel, Saul Teukolsky, Kip Thorne, Alan Weinstein
Institute for Quantum Information and Matter
PMA Faculty: Rana Adhikari, Fernando Brandao, Jason Alicea, Xie Chen, Yanbei Chen, Jim Eisenstein, Manuel Endres, David Hsieh, Jeff Kimble, Alexei Kitaev, Olexei I. Motrunich, Oskar Painter, John Preskill, Gil Refael, Tom Rosenbaum, Nai-Chang Yeh
PMA Faculty: Brad Filippone, Nick Hutzler
Experimental and Observational Astrophysics
PMA Faculty: James Bock, Kareem El Badry, Sunil Golwala, Fiona Harrison, George Helou, Andrew Howard, Mansi Kasliwal, Chris Martin, Richard Mewaldt, Stephen Padin, Tom Phillips, Tom Prince, Jack Sayers, Tom Soifer, Jonas Zmuidzinas
The high-energy astrophysics group at the Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL) uses X-ray and gamma-ray detectors aboard spacecraft and balloons to investigate energetic processes from compact astrophysical objects, including gamma-ray bursts from neutron-star and black-hole systems, supernova and hypernova dynamics, and the development of stars and galaxies in the early universe.
The cosmic ray group at SRL uses data from a variety of spacecraft to study the composition of energetic particles arriving from the sun, the local interstellar medium, and beyond, in order to understand the origin and acceleration of energetic particles in space.
The ultraviolet astronomy group uses satellite observations, such as from the GALEX spacecraft, to explore the ultraviolet sky. Studies include the birth and death of stars, galaxy dynamics and evolution, and other areas.
The submillimeter astronomy group studies star formation, interstellar gas, galaxies, and quasars using the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory and other facilities. An active program is also under way to develop new superconducting detector technologies for use at these wavelengths, in collaboration with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The infrared astronomy group studies a host of astrophysical phenomena using Caltech's Palomar Observatory, the twin10-meter optical telescopes at the Keck Observatory, and observations from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Caltech also manages the Spitzer Science Center on campus.
The Experimental and Theoretical Cosmology group (see above) explores the structure and dynamics of the early universe using precise measurements of the CMB, galaxy clustering, dark matter, and other probes.
PMA Faculty: Rob Phillips, Michael Roukes
Other Affiliated Faculty: Michael Dickinson, Michael Elowitz, Lea Goentoro, Markus Meister, Lior Pachter, Matt Thomson, Sandra M. Troian, Lihong Wang
Quantum Optics and Information
PMA Faculty: Fernando Brandao, Manuel Endres, Nick Hutzler, Jeff Kimble, Alexei Kitaev, Oskar Painter, John Preskill
Other Affiliated Faculty: Lihong Wang
PMA Faculty: Yanbei Chen, Kareem El Badry, Jim Fuller, Philip Hopkins, Elias Most, Sterl Phinney, Saul Teukolsky, Kip Thorne
Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics
PMA Faculty: Clifford Cheung, Sergei Gukov, Anton Kapustin, Hirosi Ooguri, Michele Papucci, David Politzer, John Preskill, John Schwarz, David Simmons-Duffin, Mark Wise, Kathryn Zurek
The particle theory group studies superstring theory, which is the most promising candidate for the ultimate unification of forces and matters including the gravity, properties of hadrons described by QCD, cosmology including dark matter and dark energy, and mathematical techniques in quantum field theory.
Physics Research Centers & Institutes
Center for Data-Driven Discovery (CD3)
The Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (IPAC)
Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM)
Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS)
Moore Center for Theoretical Cosmology and Physics
Space Radiation Laboratory (SRL)
Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics (WBITP)