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First Overtones "Heard" in the Ringing of a Black Hole

Whitney Clavin
By listening for specific tones in the gravitational waves of black hole mergers, researchers are putting Albert Einstein's theories to new tests.
Simulation of black hole data

A Metal Unlike Itself

Whitney Clavin
Physicists find evidence for the mechanism by which metals may exhibit "ferroelectricity"
Image of lithium osmate sample

Caltech Faculty Honored with Breakthrough and New Horizons Prizes

Robert Perkins and Whitney Clavin
Caltech's Katherine L. (Katie) Bouman, Xie Chen, and Xinwen Zhu recognized for contributions in physics and mathematics.
Breakthrough Prize

Philip Isett Wins Clay Award

Whitney Clavin
The Clay Research Award honors "outstanding achievements of the world's most gifted mathematicians."
Philip Isett

Newly Discovered Giant Planet Slingshots Around Its Star

Elise Cutts
Three times the mass of Jupiter, a first-of-its-kind planet swings around its star on a bizarre path.
Exoplanet orbit

Gravitational-wave Harmony

Whitney Clavin
Summer student Mahlet Shiferaw is studying higher-order modes of gravitational waves
Mahlet Shiferaw

New Fellowship Honors Robbie Vogt, Who Shaped World-Leading Observatories

Initiated by longtime colleague Kip Thorne (BS '62), the Rochus E. Vogt Fellowship will support generations of Caltech graduate students in physics.
Kip Thorne, Ron Drever, and Robbie Vogt

Ghosts of Ancient Explosions Live on in Stars Today

Lori Dajose
The chemical composition of certain stars gives clues about their predecessors, stars that have long since exploded and faded.
Image of a Type Ia supernova.

Jennifer Lum Named Caltech General Counsel

Jennifer Lum, deputy general counsel at Caltech, has been named the Institute's new general counsel.
Jennifer Lum

Dead Stars Found Whipping Around Each Other in Minutes

Whitney Clavin
The Zwicky Transient Facility finds a rare duo of rapidly orbiting white dwarfs.
Artwork of white dwarfs