KIPAC Blog

Dear KIPAC,             Welcome to our latest Newsletter. Often when we in the management team sit down to think about whether we have any news items to share, we start thinking it couldn’t be much given we just recently had one. But every time we start making a list of topics we realize that once again an enormous amount of exciting things have and are happening.... Read More
By Kate B. Follette For the first time we've managed to take a baby picture of a planet still in the process of growing.  Our team was able to image this so-called “proto"-planet with the Magellan telescope in Chile, taking advantage of the high-speed adaptive optics of the telescope to correct for blurring by the Earth's atmosphere.  This allowed us to take a... Read More
By Mandeep S.S. Gill   Professor Bruce Macintosh (pictured above) of KIPAC is the primary protagonist of “In Search of Ancient Jupiters,” an excellent and compelling piece by Lee Billings in the Aug 2015 edition of the popular science magazine Scientific American (SciAm), and in the article he gives a very human perspective on the race to find and see this class... Read More
by Lori Ann White In the series, "Where are they now?" we check in with KIPAC alumni: where they are now, how they've fared since their days exploring particle astrophysics and cosmology at the Institute, and how their KIPAC experiences have shaped their journeys. Next up is Yvonne Edmonds, who spent her time at KIPAC searching for signs of dark matter in the... Read More
Authors Canning and Werner standing in front of SOFIA.
By Rebecca Canning and Norbert Werner The atmosphere that enshrouds the Earth and provides us with wonderful things—like air to breathe, and beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and rainbows—unfortunately also absorbs light at many wavelengths and limits us from having a transparently clear view of the universe. To be certain, the visible wavelength light entering our... Read More
Stanford physics undergrad Albert Wandui. (Photo courtesy Albert Wandui.)
By Lori Ann White Above: Albert sporting a shirt that contains all the particles of the current Standard Model of particle physics (which is now known to be incomplete because it misses dark matter, for one.) (Photo courtesy Albert Wandui.) On Friday, Dec. 4, while the vast majority of Stanford undergraduates were prepping for finals and planning for their holiday... Read More
Dear KIPACers, We have many wonderful news items to share with you before this winter break. E.g. that the annual report is out, a number of recognitions of KIPAC members, some nice science results and some good news for our projects. We hope you will have a restful break and are looking forward to seeing you back for an exciting 2016. Happy Holidays!   Best, Tom... Read More
As I continue to talk about the details of deconstructing and rebuilding a telescope, there’s some science that has to be understood. As mentioned before, one of the key tasks of the inner structure of the telescope is to keep the detectors cold enough to do their job. Here’s a brief discussion of the science understanding a reader needs for future blog posts to make... Read More
I spent the first weekend mostly acclimating. Adjusting to these conditions (literally the highest, driest, and coldest place on Earth) takes some time and the opposite of effort. Sitting down, taking it easy, and feeling like a freeloader. But as of Monday morning it was time to earn my keep. Here’s a picture of my morning commute. This morning it was -27 F, which... Read More
By Val Monticue Getting to the South Pole spans six days, five flights, four countries, three continents, two militaries, and a partridge in a pear tree. I went via the New Zealand Route, because I was going to the South Pole. Only people going to Palmer Station on the coast, or on one of the research vessels, take the South America route. The New Zealand route... Read More

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