Interview with Professor Joseph Falson

Interviewer: Audrey DeVault Biography Dr. Joseph Falson joined Caltech’s faculty in 2019 as a visiting associate with the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science, and became an Assistant Professor of Materials Science in 2020. His research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of quantum materials that display emergent functionalities. Dr. Falson received his B.S … Continue reading Interview with Professor Joseph Falson

Elucidating Catalysis with the “Gold Standard” of Quantum Chemistry

Author: Patryk KozlowskiMentor: Garnet K. Chan and Yang GaoEditor: Hannah X. Chen Introduction Due to the imminent crisis of climate change, developing sustainable methods for fuel and chemical production has become more important than ever. A significant step towards progress comes from the electrochemistry processes which use renewable energy to convert molecules from the atmosphere … Continue reading Elucidating Catalysis with the “Gold Standard” of Quantum Chemistry

Are All Fast Radio Bursts the Same?

Author: Lucca S. de Mello†Mentor: Charles L. Steinhardt‡Editor: Laura Lewis †ldemello@caltech.edu, Caltech‡steinhardt@nbi.ku.dk, Cosmic Dawn Center Abstract: In 2007, astronomers discovered highly energetic, millisecond-long radio waves of extragalactic origin. These Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) are poorly understood, and there is no definitive explanation for their origin yet. Using a novel machine learning technique, we have made … Continue reading Are All Fast Radio Bursts the Same?

Study of Low Mass Long Lived Particles Decaying in the Muon System

Author: Gabrielle DituriMentors: Maria Spiropulu, Christina Wang, Cristian Pena, and Si XieEditor: Stephanie Chen The God Particle and Why it is Troublesome The Higgs boson (nicknamed the "God Particle") was discovered in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) by ATLAS and CMS1. This nickname arrived due to a hilarious publishing decision in which the … Continue reading Study of Low Mass Long Lived Particles Decaying in the Muon System

Applying Machine-Learning to Predict High Latitude Alaskan Ionospheric Irregularities

Author: Annabel GomezMentor: Dr. Xiaoqing PiEditor: Suchitra Dara Introduction Solar activities, such as solar flares and coronal mass ejections, produce perturbations in solar wind and the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF). These perturbations interact with the Earth’s magnetosphere, resulting in geomagnetic storms, charged particle precipitation, and plasma convection in the high-latitude ionosphere. These events can produce … Continue reading Applying Machine-Learning to Predict High Latitude Alaskan Ionospheric Irregularities