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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 2015 Soccer Tournament Friday, October 16, 2015 - 3:00pm Our second annual soccer trophy tournament!



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

Lambertus Hesselink

Professor of Electrical Engineering, and, by courtesy, of Applied Physics

Professor Hesselink’s group focuses its research on fundamental processes related to laser-matter interaction with novel applications in telecom technology. Hesselink’s group is investigating fundamental materials processes in electro-optic media for manipulation of the index of refraction and modification of the interaction between waves and grating structures for WDM switching applications. They have also pioneered the development of digital holographic data storage systems. Currently, Dr. Hesselink’s group is exploring ultra dense optical storage on phase change and magneto-optic materials using near field recording through efficient nano-sized apertures.

Research Areas:
Nanophotonics and ultra-high density optical data storage

Department(s): Electrical Engineering
Location:  CIS X Room 325
Mail Code:  4075
Phone:  650-723-4850

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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.