Center for Detectors

The Center for Detectors (CfD) is an RIT academic research center established in 2010 in the College of Science. CfD designs, develops, and implements photon devices to enable scientific discoveries. CfD educates and trains students through research and development in detectors, instrumentation, observational astrophysics, nanostructures, silicon photonics, quantum optics and information, and wide-bandgap materials. Staff and student researchers investigate high impact engineering and development problems through external financial support from federal agencies, private foundations, national laboratories, and industry.

The CfD headquarters consists of approximately 7,000 square feet of office and research laboratory space. CfD lab space includes the Rochester Imaging Detector Laboratory, the Lobozzo Photonics and Optical Characterization Laboratory, the Integrated Photonics Laboratory, the Experimental Cosmology Laboratory, the Laboratory for Advanced Instrumentation Research (LAIR), the Quantum Imaging and Information Laboratory, the Suborbital Astrophysics Laboratory, and a semiconductor device optical property measurement laboratory.


Engineering Hall


Don Figer
Director of Center for Detectors