Corporate members may join SPRC's Integrated Photonics Working Group, which provides companies with access to Stanford University's vigorous, multi-departmental integrated photonics research community.
Research in this area includes the study of new materials, device concepts, and systems configurations to make possible integrated photonics for the next generation of photonics-enabled consumer products which must have high performance, low cost, manufacturability in volume, reliability, ruggedness and ease of use.
The eight core faculty members are from the Departments of Applied Physics, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering. Each faculty member leads an independent research effort that comprises graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists.
Specific areas of research on materials include synthesis of novel organic materials for active electronic components, growth of novel compound semiconductor materials for emitters and photodetectors, and synthesis of novel organic materials for integration and packaging of photonic and electronic components.
Fabrication methods being developed include soft lithography and printing, bio-inspired patterning and assembly, molecular beam epitaxy combined with nanolithography, micromachining, and ultra-fast laser processing techniques for patterning.
Research studies of device concepts and systems configurations include MEMS actuators for photonic device alignment, optical MEMS switches, integrated sensors, distributed sensors, fiber sensors, fiber lasers and amplifiers, VCSEL configurations that can be manufactured at low cost, high speed optical interconnects on Si chips, high dynamic range and high speed imaging system-on-chip, digital imaging techniques, light field imaging and display, computational imaging and digital photography.