December 14, 2022
RIT researchers receive NSF funding to further develop infrared detectors for astrophysics
The National Science Foundation will award Don Figer, director of RIT’s Center for Detectors and the Future Photon Initiative, more than $315,000 over the next year to continue work on a grant to provide the astronomy community with a new family of detectors that have very large formats, very low cost, and state-of-the-art performance.
November 22, 2022
RIT astrophysicists leverage cancer center to damage single-photon CMOS detectors for future space missions
A recent trip to a cancer center in Boston helped astrophysicists from RIT's Center for Detectors reach a key milestone in their mission to develop advanced CMOS image sensors for future NASA space missions.
August 5, 2022
RIT student Lazar Buntic awarded NASA FINESST graduate student fellowship
RIT student Lazar Buntic received a earned a graduate research fellowship through the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology program to develop infrared detectors for next generation telescopes.
May 9, 2022
RIT and SPIE to host Photonics for Quantum event June 6-9
Worldwide experts will soon gather at RIT to discuss the central role photonics plays in advancing quantum technologies. RIT and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are partnering to host the Photonics for Quantum 2022 event June 6-9 at the RIT campus.
March 28, 2022
Astronomy Section Rochester Academy of Science Meeting
ASRAS's March 4, 2022, monthly meeting featuring Don Figer, director of Center for Detectors in the College of Science. During March's meeting, Figer discussed The James Webb Space Telescope and the role of technology in astrophysics.
January 21, 2022
Rochester and Corning in space: How New York connections are powering James Webb Space Telescope
WROC-TV talks to Don Figer, director of the Center for Detectors, about his work on the James Webb Space Telescope.
December 16, 2021
Multiple RIT scientists contribute to the newest space telescope
When the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launches, it will mark the culmination of nearly 30 years of development on the most powerful observational instrument ever made. Numerous members of RIT’s College of Science have been involved in its creation or will work on projects once it becomes operational.
December 13, 2021
RIT poised to contribute to NASA’s next great observatory following release of decadal survey
Researchers from RIT’s Center for Detectors are poised to contribute to the top priority outlined in the decadal survey recently released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The report outlines the American astronomy community’s scientific priorities, opportunities, and funding recommendations for the next 10 years.
August 12, 2021
Industry-Academia Partnerships Exceed the Sum of Their Parts
Photonics Media features Don Figer, director of the Center for Detectors, computer engineering BS/MS student Irfan Punekar, and Stefan Preble, professor in the Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering.
June 2, 2021
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.
November 10, 2020
Rethinking black holes: New theory says that something that goes into one won’t be gone for good
WROC-TV talks to Don Figer, professor and director of RIT’s Future Photon Initiative and the Center for Detectors, about black holes.
October 13, 2020
Super-massive black hole discovery brings home the Nobel Prize in physics, and an RIT professor helped
WROC-TV talks to Don Figer, professor and director of RIT’s Future Photon Initiative and the Center for Detectors, about this year's Nobel Prize in Physics.