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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.

 

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New type of retinal prosthesis could better restore sight to blind, study says

BY JONATHAN RABINOVITZ

Using tiny solar-panel-like cells surgically placed underneath the retina, scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a system that may someday restore sight to people who have lost vision because of certain types of degenerative eye diseases.

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Lambertus Hesselink

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.

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.