Caltech Receives $10 Million Grant fromSherman Fairchild Foundation

The California Institute of Technology has received a $10 million grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to establish an endowment for the existing Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholars Program in theoretical physics, theoretical astrophysics, and mathematics.

Caltech Faculty Member Receives Packard Fellowship

Pasadena—Rahul Pandharipande, associate professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology, has been awarded a $625,000 Packard Fellowship for his work in advanced mathematics and the study of the geometry of algebraic curves.

Every year the foundation selects 24 Fellows to receive these awards, which are distributed over five years.

NSF funds new Institute for Quantum Information at Caltech

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $5 million grant to the California Institute of Technology to create an institute devoted to quantum information science—a new field that could ultimately lead to devices such as quantum computers.

The announcement was part of a $90 million information technology research initiative the NSF announced today in Washington. The awards are aimed at seeding fundamental research in innovative applications of information technology.

Two Caltech faculty named MacArthur Fellows

PASADENA—The California Institute of Technology has two new faculty geniuses, and each has been awarded $500,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to prove it.

Physicists observe the quantum of heat flow

Physicists at the California Institute of Technology have announced the first observation of the quantum of thermal conductance. This discovery reveals a fundamental limit to the heat that can be conducted by objects of atomic dimensions.

The findings, reported in the April 27 issue of the journal Nature, could have profound implications for the future design of microscopic electronic devices and for the transmission of information, according to the research team leader, Caltech physics professor Michael Roukes.

Cosmologists reveal first detailed images of early universe

Caltech cosmologists and other scientists involved in an international collaboration have released the first detailed images of the universe in its infancy.

Caltech grad student's team first to detect radio emission from a brown dwarf

A graduate student in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology recently led a team of researchers in finding the first radio emission ever detected from a brown dwarf, an enigmatic object that is neither star nor planet, but something in between.

The discovery, reported in the March 15 issue of the journal Nature by lead author Edo Berger and his colleagues, demonstrates that brown dwarfs can flare 10,000 times more intensely than theory predicted.

Physicists create atom-cavity microscope, track single atoms bound in orbit with single photons

In a promising development with applications to science at the single-atom level, physicists have constructed an "atom-cavity microscope" that tracks the motion of individual atoms.

New digital sky survey uncovers rare celestial objects

A large new digital sky survey has been used by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology to discover distant quasars and other rare types of cosmic objects, including mysterious new objects of an unknown nature.

Caltech observes brightest gamma-ray burst so far

An extraordinarily bright cosmic gamma-ray flash turns out to be the most energetic one measured so far, according to a team of astronomers from the California Institute of Technology.


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