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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.




New "tricorder" technology might be able to "hear" tumors growing

A new technology has promise to safely find buried plastic explosives and maybe even spot fast-growing tumors. The technique involves the clever interplay of microwaves and ultrasound to develop a detector like the Star Trek tricorder.


Faculty Spotlight

Martin Fejer

Marty Fejer

Professor Fejer’s group focuses on nonlinear and guided-wave optics as well as novel nonlinear optical materials and their device applications. Particular areas of interest are the use of microstructured nonlinear optical materials to perform optical signal processing and efficient wavelength conversion for telecom applications. In collaboration with Professor Kahn’s group, Fejer’s group is developing wavelength converters for mid-IR optical communications.

Research Areas:
Nonlinear optics, guided wave devices, telecommunications, ultra-short pulse optics, aerospace optics

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.