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The Stanford Photonics Research Center builds strategic partnerships between the Stanford photonics research community and partners in industry and photonics institutions around the world

SPRC is one of the largest photonics programs in the US, and brings together a faculty of 40 core photonics professors and a total of over 200 scientists (faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students) in the Schools of Engineering, Humanities & Sciences, and Medicine. Photonics research at Stanford University is strongly interdisciplinary and includes the fields of lasers, optics, microscopy, quantum information and cryptography, neuroscience, solar cells, ophthalmology and telecommunications, to name just a few.

Much of the photonics research at Stanford takes place in the Ginzton Laboratory - an independent research laboratory not affiliated with any one particular department. Ginzton Lab provides an environment where students and faculty from physics, applied physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and other scientific fields can engage in research activities that range across the broad definition of photonics - from basic physical work on lasers and ultrashort light pulses to quantum computing to photonic nanostructures.