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About SPRC

The Stanford Photonics Research Center builds strategic partnerships between the Stanford University research community and companies employing optics and photonics in their commercial activities. SPRC offers member companies facilitated engagement with Stanford faculty, students, and researchers via faculty-led Working Groups, SPRC workshops and symposia, research project collaborations and visiting researcher programs.

 

Featured Event

Novel Optical & Photonic Materials: Design and Fabrication

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (All day)
We are witnessing an incredible era of exponential growth in applications that require advances in materials technology: from 3D printing, to AR/VR to autonomous cars to 5G to machine learning and artificial intelligence, for example. Revolutionary new products are steadily coming into the marketplace and many more are needed and expected. OPTICS & PHOTONICS materials play a key role in many of these new products.

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Optics, Photonics and COVID-19 by Thomas M. Baer and Christina E. Baer

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads across the world, patients, technicians and scientists depend on state-of-the-art molecular-analysis instruments as they fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing this disease. Optics and photonics technologies embedded in these instruments—such as high-quantum-efficiency multispectral cameras, visible-light laser diodes and LEDs, infrared bolometer arrays, narrowband optical filters and wideband multispectral optical spectrometers—play an essential part in the story. For Full Article go to: https://www.osa-opn.org/home/newsroom/2020/april/optics_photonics_and_co...

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Faculty Spotlight

Olav Solgaard

Professor Solgaard’s group focuses on optical micromechanical devices and applications. Particular areas of interest are optical networks, optical switches, photonic crystals, optical MEMS and fabrication technology for microoptical devices and systems. In telecommunications, the Solgaard group develop wavelength selective switching networks, and collaborate with Professor Fan’s group on the design of tunable filters based on photonic bandgap crystals with MEMS actuators.

Research Areas:
Optical micromechanical devices and applications

SPRC is proud to support the National Photonics Initiative. The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government seeking to raise awareness of photonics - the application of light - and drive US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields critical to US competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.