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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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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.

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Michael Fayer

Michael Fayer

The Fayer Group is interested in the problem of how to experimentally examine fast molecular processes that are occurring under thermal equilibrium conditions. A vast amount of chemistry occurs at or near room temperature in the ground electronic state of molecules. From synthetic organic chemistry to biological chemistry, chemical processes occur on fast time scales. Although the rate of an overall process may be slow, key events on the molecular level are fast.

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.