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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

Shanhui Fan

Professor Fan’s group performs research on the theory and simulation of photonic solid state materials and devices for telecom and information technology applications. Particular areas of interest include photonic bandgap materials, nanoscale photonic devices and metamaterials. The Fan group is exploring the use of dynamic photonic structures for the storage of light for data buffering applications and modeling magneto-optic materials for storage applications. Dr. Fan’s group has collaborated with the Solgaard group on tunable filters based upon photonic bandgap crystals.

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.