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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.




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

Michel Digonnet

Professor of Applied Physics
Michel Digonnet

The Digonnet group performs research on fiber optics. Previous areas of activity have included WDM fiber couplers, single crystal fibers, and integrated optics for fiber sensors. Current research interests include photonic-bandgap fibers, fiber sensors and sensor arrays, high-power ceramic lasers, fiber lasers and amplifiers, fiber gratings, slow light, and optical microcavities.

Research Areas:
Fiber optics

Department(s): Applied Physics
Location:  Spilker building, room 316

Mail Code:  4088
Phone:  (650) 723-0719

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.