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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 access to Stanford faculty, students, and researchers via faculty-led Working Groups, SPRC workshops and symposia, research project collaborations and visiting researcher programs.


Featured Event

SPRC @ CLEO 2015 Monday, May 11, 2015 - 6:30pm The Stanford Photonics Research Center invites you to join us for an evening at the Tech Museum in San Jose. Come network with CLEO attendees, Stanford alumni, and SPRC affiliates while exploring the interactive Tech Exploration Gallery and other hands-on exhibits throughout the museum.



Stanford engineers take big step toward using light instead of wires inside computers

courtesy Vuckovic lab
Using a new algorithm, Stanford engineers can design and build a prism-like silicon structure that can bend light at right angles. The goal is to transmit data faster and more efficiently via optical rather than electrical signals.


Faculty Spotlight

Olav Solgaard

Professor of Electrical Engineering

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

Department(s): Electrical Engineering
Location: Spilker 315
Mail Code:  4088
Phone:  (650) 724-2765
Fax:  (650) 725-2533

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.