Lasers in Cells

From a single cell to a whole organism, the laser will play an increasingly important role in diagnosing and treating disease. So says Duke University bioengineer Tuan Vo-Dinh who is using the technology to peer into the genetic material of cells, to detect the earliest signs of disease in a single cell, and to non-invasively and optically biopsy tissue inside the body for the tell-tale traces of cancer. Read more.


Megapixel Camera? Try Gigapixel

By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail. The camera’s resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision over a 120 degree horizontal field. Read more.

Lasers ID Ancient Artists' Intent

Shooting a laser at a priceless 14th century painting may seem problematic. But, precisely tuned and timed, the laser system may be the only non-destructive way to get into the mind of long-dead artists like Puccio Capanna and determine his materials, techniques and intent for painting the Crucifixion around 1330 A.D. Read more.

Handheld Simultaneous SLO and OCT Imaging System

Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) are laser-based imaging systems used by ophthalmologists to detect retinal pathology. This system combines SLO and OCT in a single device. By acquiring high-speed SLO en-face images simultaneously with OCT, retinal motion can be estimated and used to correct for patient motion within an OCT volume. Read more.

Pattern Formation at Ultra-Low Light Levels

From swarming bacteria to social interactions among humans, the emergence of patterns in nature is ubiquitous. Bonnie Schmittberger writes about the efforts of Daniel Gauthier's research group in this area (PDF).


Exploring Light Technologies

See photos and other highlights of EXPLORING LIGHT TECHNOLOGIES – a public outreach event of hands-on activities and demonstrations that celebrated the International Year of Light 2015.

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2016 FIP Annual Symposium

Welcome to Duke Photonics at Fitzpatrick

The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics is an extensively interdisciplinary Duke effort to advance photonics and optical sciences. The institute leverages Duke's faculty from the Pratt School of Engineering, Trinity Arts and Sciences, and the Duke Medical School to explore problems at the boundary nexus of nano-bio-info-opto convergence.

The mission of the Fitzpatrick Institute is profoundly educational. The institute was founded in 2000 in part to meet an unmet industry need for graduates with the knowledge and skills to transform industrial R&D in photonics and optical science. Our faculty teach undergraduates, master's and doctoral students and foster the technical, collaboration, interdisciplinary exploration, and team-orientation skills set that enables our proteges to thrive in their chosen professions.

As an extension of our education focus, we are highly tuned to the needs of the applied optics industry. We welcome opportunities to place students for internships, to conduct sponsored research, and to broadly collaborate. We invite interested companies to explore our industry partners program.

Our research encompasses eight broad initiative areas: biophotonics, nano/micro systems, quantum optics and information photonics, advanced photonics systems, nanophotonics, metamaterials and plasmonics, systems modeling and novel spectroscopies.

FIP Pioneer Awardee 2014

2015 Pioneer Award

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