• Steve Cummer

    January 26, 2021

    Listening to Lightning in the Duke Forest

    Since 1931, the Duke Forest has been the university’s biggest and oldest laboratory for teaching and research. To celebrate its 90th birthday, the Office of the Duke Forest will release a series of videos highlighting the research that happens within its boundaries.  Electrical and computer [...]

  • Three men and a woman kneeling together looking at a small toy car

    January 06, 2021

    Cybersecurity for Autonomous Systems

    From the Duke Research Blog Over the past decades, we have adopted computers into virtually every aspect of our lives, but in doing so, we've made ourselves vulnerable to malicious interference or hacking. I had the opportunity to talk about this with Miroslav Pajic, the Dickinson Family associate [...]

  • Christine Payne with laser

    January 05, 2021

    Payne Named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

    Christine Payne, the Yoh Family Associate Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (MEMS) at Duke University, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the United Kingdom. The 175-year-old RSC confers the award upon members [...]

  • A neon green, semi-transparent, pill-shaped blob

    December 18, 2020

    Sound Waves Spin Droplets to Concentrate, Separate Nanoparticles

    Mechanical engineers at Duke University have devised a method for spinning individual droplets of liquid to concentrate and separate nanoparticles for biomedical purposes. The technique is much more efficient than traditional centrifuge approaches, working its magic in under a minute instead of [...]

  • Two images of a retina, side-by-side. The left is mostly reddish-pink while the right has many different colors and is more detailed

    December 17, 2020

    Developing Low-Cost Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscopes to Combat Diabetic Retinopathy

    Hafeez Dhalla, assistant research professor of biomedical engineering at Duke, is no stranger to Harrington Engineering Quadrangle, or to its reputation for innovation in health care. After graduating with his bachelor’s in biomedical engineering, Dhalla stayed at Duke to pursue his PhD while [...]

  • David Beratan in front of a map

    December 15, 2020

    Using Quantum Rules to Move Chemistry into Uncharted Territory

    Center for Synthesizing Quantum Coherence uses ultra-fast lasers to design and control chemical reactions

Welcome to the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

2021 FIP Virtual Symposium


The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics is an extensively interdisciplinary Duke University-wide effort to advance photonics and optical sciences.

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.

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Upcoming Seminars

Dr. Depeng Wang

Wed, Mar 10

FIP Virtual Postdoc Seminar "High- and super-resolution light-field imaging"

Dr. Depeng Wang, BME Postdoc, Duke University

12:00 pm | Online

LIGHTning Talks

Wed, Mar 17

FIP Virtual Seminar "LIGHTning Talks" from FIP students & postdocs

Dr. Yijun Bao (BME Postdoc), Vanessa Cupil-Garcia (Chemistry PhD Student) & Erin Viere (Chemistry PhD Student), Duke University

12:00 pm | Online

Dr. Margaret Murnane

Wed, Mar 31

FIP Distinguished Virtual Seminar: Title TBD

Dr. Margaret Murnane, Professor of Physics, Fellow of JILA, University of Colorado Boulder

12:00 pm | Online