Quantum computers have been touted as the next leap in technology. Although useful quantum-computing technology is probably years—and possibly decades—away, physicists like Jason Alicea are working hard to make it a reality.
Cliff Cheung—who joined Caltech this fall as an assistant professor of theoretical physics—also plays guitar and piano, sings, and writes music. He recently answered a few questions about coming to Caltech and his passion for physics.
This fall, Andrei Faraon (BS '04) returned to his alma mater to take a position as an assistant professor of applied physics and materials science. In his work, he builds devices that attempt to use light to manipulate single quantum systems in solids.
Matthew Elliott is Caltech's newest assistant professor of economics. After receiving his PhD from Stanford in 2011, he spent a year at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, before arriving in Pasadena this fall.
Chris Shannon, the Richard Merkin Professor of Economics and Mathematics, is one of Caltech's newest faculty members. Her research involves developing mathematical models to understand financial markets and other mechanisms that allocate goods, such as auctions.