Photonics is the branch of science and engineering that deals with the generation, detection and application of light. Photonics Engineering saw rapid growth as the explosive expansion of the internet placed large demands on the fiber optic communications systems. With the current drive to connect fiber directly to the home, communications research still demands new and enhanced performance devices and systems. Additionally the technology is expanding to meet new applications in nanotechnology, medical diagnostics, manufacturing, bio-photonics, sensors and displays. It is also beginning to play an increasing role in clean, renewable electrical energy generation through solar and thermal photovoltaics.

Current research encompasses a wide spectrum of projects involving the growth of a range of semiconductor micro- and nano-structures such as quantum wires, quantum dots, nano-crystals and quantum wells being developed for applications such as light sources, lasers and light emitting diodes, photodetectors, sensor systems, flexible photovoltaics and flexible optical displays. Silicon-based nano-technology is being investigated also as a light source and in the communications area is being used in opto-electronic integration for combining on chip optical and electrical components.

Bio-photonics is fast emerging as a method for developing minimally-invasive techniques for optical biopsy instrumentation, in-vivo tumor detection and advanced microscopic imaging. Researchers in the Department are actively working with members of the medical community on such projects.

Below is a linked list to the Faculty involved in the Photonics area in the Department.

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