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03/18/2019

Levitating Objects with Light

Lorinda Dajose
Specially designed materials enable objects of different sizes to be levitated and manipulated with light, thanks to new research from Caltech scientists.
Conceptual illustration of a nano-patterned object reorienting itself to remain in a beam of light.
01/31/2019

New Materials Exhibit Split Personality

Robert Perkins
Architected materials behave both as collections of discrete particles and as a continuous mass.
Material stretched
12/12/2018

Microscopic Devices that Control Vibrations Could Allow Smaller Mobile Devices

Emily Velasco
Nanoscale devices can manipulate vibrations in much the same way that conventional electronics manipulate electrons.
A small integrated circuit rests on a surface next to a time, which is comparable in size
11/21/2018

Nailing It: Caltech Engineers Help Show That InSight Lander Probe Can Hammer Itself Into Martian Soil

Robert Perkins
José Andrade's work on force transmission through granular materials has helped inform the recently launched mission to probe down into the soil of Mars.
InSight
10/30/2018

"Folded" Optical Devices Manipulate Light in a New Way

Robert Perkins
New technology is showcased in a millimeter-wide spectrometer.
Folded metasurface optics
10/25/2018

Spinning the Light: The World's Smallest Optical Gyroscope

Robert Perkins
Newly developed device fits on the tip of your finger and could find its way into drones and spacecraft in the future.
Optical Gyroscope
10/18/2018

Caltech Startup Aims to Make Solar Panels More Efficient

Robert Perkins
A Caltech startup company plans to improve the contact efficiency of solar cells.
Solar panels
06/28/2018

Wireless Pressure-Sensing Eye Implant Could Help Prevent Blindness

Emily Velasco
Engineering graduate students have developed an implantable pressure sensor for the human eye that lasts much longer than anything that came before it.
A new pressure-sensing implant for the eye on top of a dime for scale.
06/01/2018

Building the Starshot Sail: A Q&A with Harry Atwater

Robert Perkins
Researchers face the challenge of building something that is thinner than tissue paper but strong enough to withstand the energy of an ultra-high-powered laser
Lighsail
05/18/2018

Cooking up Polymers: A Q&A with Maxwell Robb

Whitney Clavin
New faculty member Maxwell Robb is making plastics that can change their properties in response to mechanical forces.
Maxwell Robb
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