Photonics/Quantum

We are working to develop and commercialize advanced photonics, cutting-edge technologies that will allow us to process information and energy in a way that can solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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Key research and educational initiatives underway

186.3K

miles per second that light travels

21

Faculty members actively engaged in photonics research

$660B

Estimated market value of the photonics industry by 2020

Photonics for Quantum Workshop

The Photonics for Quantum Workshop brings some of the world’s leading scientists at the intersection of photonics and quantum research to RIT to explore how photonic devices may impact quantum science, technology, and applications. The workshop features international pioneers in the advancement of photonics for quantum devices and in their use in computing, communication, imaging, sensing, and clocks. 

Learn more about the Photonics for Quantum Workshop 

Research Centers

Center for Detectors

Designs, develops, and implements new advanced sensor technologies through collaboration with academic researchers, industry engineers, government scientists, and university/college students. The center operates four laboratories and has approximately a dozen funded projects to advance detectors in a broad array of applications.

Learn more about the Center for Detectors

Nanopower Research Labs

Represents a consortium of five RIT faculty from both the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Science working on applications of nanomaterials in energy and photonics. Research is focused on the development of new materials and devices for power generation and storage as well as novel materials for photonic and optoelectronic applications.

Learn more about the Nanopower Research Labs

Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory

Provides state-of-the-art facilities and support for undergraduate and graduate programs in microelectronic engineering, microsystems, and related disciplines. The facility also provides industrial affiliates in the semiconductor and microsystems industries with applied solutions in microdevice design, process development, microsystem integration, and prototype fabrication.

Learn more about the Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory

Key Faculty and Staff

Don Figer
Director of Center for Detectors
Center for Detectors
585-475-6005
Seth Hubbard
Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-4214
Karl Hirschman
Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
585-475-5130
Parsian Katal Mohseni
Assistant Professor
Department of Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.
585-475-7262
Stefan Preble
Professor
Department of Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.
585-475-2625
Ben Zwickl
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-4512
Mishkatul Bhattacharya
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-6151
Richard DeMartino
Professor
Department of Management, International Business, and Entrepreneurship
585-475-5646
Edwin Hach
Associate Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-4537
Drew Maywar
Professor
Department of Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology
585-475-2017
Rajendran Murthy
Associate Professor
Department of MIS, Marketing, and Digital Business
585-475-5383
Zoran Ninkov
Professor
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
585-475-7195
Robert Pearson
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
585-475-2923
Bruce Smith
Director PhD Program/Prof Electrical Eng
Department of Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.
585-475-2058
Sean Rommel
Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
585-475-4723
Michael Zemcov
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy
585-475-2338
Jing Zhang
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
585-475-2173
Santosh Kurinec
Professor
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
585-475-2927
Cristian Linte
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
585-475-4926
Gregory Howland
Assistant Professor
School of Physics and Astronomy

Latest News

  • November 13, 2020

    graphic reads: Graduate Education Week, November 16-20.

    RIT celebrates graduate student research with weeklong virtual symposium Nov. 16-20

    RIT will celebrate graduate research during the 13th annual Graduate Education Week and Showcase: A Vision into the Future. The virtual event—Nov. 16 to 20—creates a platform for sharing and exchanging ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic, with pre-recorded and live presentations, demonstrations, visual exhibitions, and an alumni panel discussion.

  • October 14, 2020

    researchers in masks working in a lab.

    L3Harris becomes industry partner for RIT’s Future Photon Initiative

    RIT’s Future Photon Initiative (FPI) and L3Harris have entered into a new industry partnership to develop quantum technologies. The partners will begin developing next steps for experiments and analysis focused on quantum information processing for communication, sensing, and computing.

  • August 5, 2020

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    RIT student Justin Gallagher helps lead NASA-funded project to build single photon detectors

    An RIT student is on a mission to help build detectors that could identify individual photons from distant, inhabitable planets. Justin Gallagher, a fifth-year student from Rochester, N.Y., pursuing his BS in physics and MS in astrophysical sciences and technology, is serving as project manager for a nearly $1 million grant funded by NASA to create a single photon sensing and number resolving detector for NASA missions.