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New Insight into Nonlinear Optical Resonators Unlocks Door to Numerous Potential Applications
02/24/2021

New Insight into Nonlinear Optical Resonators Unlocks Door to Numerous Potential Applications

Robert Perkins
Engineers discover phase transitions in the spectra of light generated in nonlinear optical resonators.
A red laser light shines through a flat waveguide on a metal workbench.
Engineers Place Molecule-Scale Devices in Precise Orientation
02/19/2021

Engineers Place Molecule-Scale Devices in Precise Orientation

Robert Perkins
A technique for controlling the orientation of manufactured DNA shapes now removes one of the last barriers for the combination of molecular devices with conventional semiconductor chips.
Researchers placed more than 3,000 glowing moon-shaped nanoscale molecular devices into a flower-shaped instrument for indicating the polarization of light. The
Caltech Professors Receive Sloan Research Fellowships
02/16/2021

Caltech Professors Receive Sloan Research Fellowships

Whitney Clavin
Two Caltech faculty members have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2021: Nick Hutzler, assistant professor of physics, and Wei Gao, assistant professor of medical engineering.
Photos of Wei Gao and Nick Hutzler
Student-Led Moon Dust Shield Team Named Finalist in NASA Competition
02/16/2021

Student-Led Moon Dust Shield Team Named Finalist in NASA Competition

Andrew Moseman
Caltech undergraduates developed the Habitat Orientable and Modular Electrodynamic Shield (HOMES), a system of tiles made to keep hazardous moon dust from entering a lunar structure.
Example of a 4x4 configuration of HOMES tiles
Tai Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering
02/11/2021

Tai Inducted into the National Academy of Engineering

Emily Velasco
Yu-Chong "Y.C." Tai is one of 106 members inducted in 2021. Also included is Gentry Lee, chief engineer for the Solar System Exploration Directorate at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech manages for NASA.
Yu-Chong
The Caltech Effect: Neural Networking
02/04/2021

The Caltech Effect: Neural Networking

The new issue focuses on the opening of the Tianqiao and Chrissy Chen Neuroscience Research Building, a vital new hub for interdisciplinary research on the brain.
cover art from issue 12 of The Caltech Effect, an illustration of the new Chen building on campus
Studying Chaos with One of the World's Fastest Cameras
01/13/2021

Studying Chaos with One of the World's Fastest Cameras

Emily Velasco
Lihong Wang demonstrates how his ultrafast camera technology might aid in the study of unpredictable systems.
An artist's rendition of multi-colored laser beams chaotically arranged in front of a black background.
Bill Iwan (1935–2020)
12/22/2020

Bill Iwan (1935–2020)

Caltech mourns the passing of Wilfred D. (Bill) Iwan, a civil engineer whose work helped foster the development of earthquake-resistant structures.
Iwan
Tiny Shape-Shifting Polymers Developed for Potential Medical Applications
12/22/2020

Tiny Shape-Shifting Polymers Developed for Potential Medical Applications

Robert Perkins
Nano-architected shape-memory polymers could one day be used to perform tasks inside the human body.
Polymers
Dabiri Receives Waterman Award
12/18/2020

Dabiri Receives Waterman Award

Robert Perkins
John O. Dabiri has been honored with the 2020 Alan T. Waterman Award, which provides $1 million for research over five years.
promo image for John Dabiri's Waterman Award