Solar panels convert visible light from the sun into electricity—but the sun's infrared light passes right through the panel's silicon material. Using a new all-metal structure, Caltech researchers have come up with a method that may be able to harness that lost energy.
In addition to his individual research interests in photovoltaic cell development, Atwater is also part of a collaborative effort to advance solar energy research at the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP).
Since the magnitude 6.7 Northridge earthquake 20 years ago, researchers at Caltech have learned much more about where earthquakes are likely to happen, and how danger to human life and damage to property might be mitigated when they do occur.
DALE is nearly ready to face the judges. The Dynamic Augmented Living Environment, Caltech's collaboration with the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) is now on-site at the Department of Energy's 2013 Solar Decathlon competition site in Irvine, California.
Bruce Churchill Murray, Caltech Professor of Planetary Science, Emeritus, and former head of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), succumbed to complications of Alzheimer's disease on August 29, 2013. He was 81.
A team led by geobiologists at Caltech has found evidence of a photosystem involving manganese that predates cyanobacteria, the first group of organisms to release oxygen into Earth's environment via photosynthesis.