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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


  • September 7, 2021

    Assessing Graduate Admissions Metrics  

    Mike Verostek of Rochester University, New York, and colleagues have now used statistical analysis methods to compare two metrics used in the US and Canada—undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). They find that only GPA correlates well with a set of indicators of graduate performance.

  • 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.

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Future Photon Initiative Brochure
Future Photon Initiative Research Pamphlet

Students: Join the Future Photon Initiative

  • The Future Photon Initiative and Center for Detectors are hiring:
  • Student Lab Assistants (ID 3933)
  • Lab Programming Assistants (ID 23143)
  • Executive Assistants (ID 23131)
  • Software Engineers (ID 24545)

Search for the job IDs on RIT Career Connect for more information. Co-op opportunities available.