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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.




Gravitational Waves Detected 100 Years After Einstein's Prediction

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at Earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein's 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window to the cosmos.


Faculty Spotlight

Joseph Kahn

Joe Kahn

Professor Kahn’s group is focused on optical fiber communications, free-space optical communications and associated devices/subsystems. Of particular interest are advanced modulation, coding and detection for high spectral efficiency and enhanced tolerance to transmission impairments, as well as signal processing to compensate these impairments. In free-space systems, Kahn’s group is working with Prof. Fejer’s group on wavelength converters to enable mid-IR transmission, and on signal processing to compensate for atmospheric turbulence.

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.