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Date:9/13/2010

TEMPE, Ariz. Arizona State University's expanding research, education and entrepreneurial endeavors in photonics engineering and science has led to formation of the Center for Photonics Innovation.

The Arizona Board of Regents recently approved establishment of the center, which will combine university research and teaching resources in electrical engineering, physics, materials science and engineering, and bioengineering.

The center's research focuses on semiconductor photonic materials and devices and their applications. Photonics involves the generation and control of nearly all forms of light, including visible, infrared and ultraviolet light.

Its applications include communications, information processing, sensing, imaging, solar cells, solid state lighting, medical instruments, and technologies used in environmental-protection efforts

The Center for Photonics Innovation will be directed by Yong-Hang Zhang, a professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, one of ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Among the center's primary goals, Zhang said, are to engage more ASU researchers from varied science and engineering specialties in efforts to advance fundamental knowledge of photon-matter interactions, pursue more use-inspired device and system applications, and "more active entrepreneurship development."

An equally high priority is to provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in advanced research and education in the growing photonics field "that will better prepare them for future careers," Zhang said.

"We're committed not only to achieving new discoveries and promoting commercialization of emerging technologies but to a high academic standard for developing our students into first-rate science and engineering scholars and researchers," he said.

The new center is an outgrowth of the Center for Nanophotonics, founded in
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Contact: Joe Kullman
joe.kullman@asu.edu
480-965-8122
Arizona State University
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