SPRC's Information Technology Working Group provides companies with access to Stanford University’s vigorous, multi-departmental research information technology photonics community.
Research includes the study of novel materials, device concepts and system configurations for the next generation of photonics information technology, which will harness the power of optics for interconnection, information storage, quantum encryption and quantum computing.
The seven core faculty are from the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Aeronautics and astronautics. Each faculty member leads an independent research group that comprises graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists.
Specific materials and device research areas include: novel compound semiconductor materials for efficient long wavelength VCSELs, high performance reflective modulators, compatible with silicon electronics, photonic crystal based nanolasers, dynamic photonic structures for data buffering, single photon sources for quantum cryptography, and near field optical recording through high efficiency nano-sized apertures.
System and subsystems research focuses on adaptive optics to enhance high-speed data transmission over multimode fibers, high performance optical interconnections between silicon CMOS chips, quantum key distribution for cryptography, and quantum information processing using photons and spins insolid state materials.