Photonic Integration Circuits are faster, more efficient, and more potent than conventional circuits, and Arizona researchers are working to make them smaller, lighter, and more readily available.
University of Arizona is advancing technologies involved in Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs), computing, and signal processing technology utilizing light instead of electricity.
Optical engineering uses classical optics techniques to create novel devices and instrumentation, and the Wyant College of Optical Sciences leads the field in designing and fabricating highly specialized optics. OSC maintains state-of-the-art facilities and a superb technical staff for grinding, polishing, measuring and aligning the world’s most challenging mirrors — including those for astronomical telescopes. Students work side-by-side with experienced professionals on extensive, distinctive projects like the Giant Magellan Telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and OSIRIS-REx, an unmanned space probe that will launch in 2016, land on an asteroid and return to Earth with a material sample.
The field of photonics is invaluable to national security, ensuring highly mobile and reliable communication in environments where GPS and other conventional signaling are impossible or undesirable.