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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

Chris Contag

Chris Contag

The Contag lab has developed microscope technology and molecular reagents for the noninvasive assessment of biological processes in vivo, and is applying these tools to the study of cellular and molecular changes associated with mammalian development, disease, and responses to therapy. Their technology allows the study of systems biology by measuring the complex physiologic events that are associated with disease states and normal developmental changes evaluated in the context of the living animals.

Research Areas:  Pediatrics, Neonatology, Microscopy

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.