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The Future Photon Initiative (FPI) develops photonic devices in pursuit of answers to grand questions, leveraging efforts of existing RIT research groups who develop technology for the generation, transmission, manipulation, absorption, and detection of photons.

FPI cross-disciplinary teams collaborate with external university groups, industry, and national laboratories to develop and commercialize new photonic device technology. Potential markets include solar energy, biophotonics, high performance imaging, astrophysics, communication, electronics, quantum information, and computing. Eleven groups across the RIT campus make up FPI: Center for Detectors, Integrated Photonics Group, Nanolithography Research Lab, NanoPower Research Labs, Photonic Systems Lab, Photonics and Optics Workforce Education Research Project, Semiconductor Microsystems Fabrication Lab, and the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


active sponsored research awards in 2020


in active sponsored research awards in 2020


current researchers who have won $1 million or more in research funding since 2000


funded research students


  • June 2, 2021

    three researchers working with optics and photonics equipment.

    RIT and SPIE partner on 2021 Photonics for Quantum event

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and RIT will present the 2021 Photonics for Quantum Digital Forum July 16-20. Previously an RIT initiative, this year marks a new iteration of this event in the form of a partnership between RIT and SPIE.

  • May 18, 2021

    Gigajot Unveils World's First Commercially Available Quanta Image Sensors  

    PASADENA, Calif., May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Gigajot Technology, inventors of the Quanta Image Sensor (QIS), today announced the first QIS products, marking the dawn of a new era in solid-state imaging. The CMOS-based QIS devices utilize Gigajot's patented sensor architecture and pixel design to achieve record low noise that enables accurate detection of individual photons of light.

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Students: Join the Future Photon Initiative

The Future Photon Initiative and Center for Detectors are hiring student lab, lab programming, and executive assistants. Search for job ID 3933, 16669, and 3930 on RIT Career Connect for more information. Co-op opportunities available.

edX online course: Photonic Integrated Circuits 1

April 27, 2021.
A deep-dive into fabless photonics design: master industry software to model, simulate, layout, and error-check a photonic integrated circuit for high-tech applications; create a verified submission to the world-class AIM Photonics fabrication facility. Register here: https://www.edx.org/course/photonic-integrated-circuits-1.