Welcome to Photonics

Welcome to Photonics at Boston University

Welcome to the Boston University Photonics Center. On this website you will find information related to the four integrated missions of the Photonics Center: academic research, educational programs, commercial incubation, and photonics technology development. We strive to create a shared vision and mutual support among these missions, with a commitment to excellence and impact in the exciting field of photonics.

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Dr. Thomas Bifano
Director, Boston University Photonics Center

Mission Statement

The Boston University Photonics Center generates fundamental knowledge and develops innovative technology in the field of photonics.  We work on challenging problems that are important to society, we translate enabling research discoveries into useful prototypes, and we educate future leaders in the field.

The mission is executed through:

  • Basic research and scholarship in photonics.
  • Academic and entrepreneurial programs and initiatives for students.
  • Technology development for healthcare, defense, and security applications.
  • Business innovation and commercialization of photonics technology.

The Photonics Center community of faculty, students, and staff engage in numerous interdisciplinary collaborations to further the field.