Yakov Eliashberg awarded Wolf Prize for Mathematics

Stanford mathematics Professor Yakov “Yasha” Eliashberg is a recipient of the 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics. Along with the Fields Medal and Abel Prize, the Wolf Prize is considered one of the most prestigious awards in mathematics.

Accelerator-on-a-chip to do research, fight cancer

Just as engineers once compressed some of the power of room-sized mainframes into desktop PCs, so too have Stanford researchers shown how to pack some of the punch delivered by today’s ginormous particle accelerators onto a tiny silicon chip.

Drag can lift birds to new heights

Recordings of birds taking off and landing have revealed that conventional ideas about the role of lift and drag during flight might need revisiting. The work could influence the design of aerial robotics.

Life-changing first glimpse of a laser

Physicist Robert Byer worked on lasers when they were still just an interesting technology, never imagining their myriad modern uses or how they would affect his life.

Precision physics with ‘tabletop’ experiments

With the future of large particle accelerators uncertain, Stanford theorists are exploring the use of smaller, more precise “tabletop” experiments to investigate fundamental questions in physics.

A different kind of gravitational wave detector

Stanford physicists are helping develop a device that turns frozen, falling atoms into an exquisitely sensitive gravitational wave detector that could provide a new glimpse into the most energetic and oldest events in the universe.

A radio that searches for dark matter

An “out there” theory inspired the development of the Dark Matter Radio, a device that could explain the mysterious matter that makes up 85 percent of the mass of our universe.

Making physics more inclusive

Physics faculty and students are working together to make their department a more inclusive community through clubs, courses and events.