Exploring Light Technologies

A community celebration of the
science and power of light in honor of

International "Introduce a Girl to Photonics" Week

Sunday, October 9, 2016 • 1-4 p.m.
Fitzpatrick Center Atrium, Duke West Campus

Free and Open to the Public • All Ages Welcome

Walk-ins welcome, but please register in advance for souvenirs and free parking



Did you know that light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health?

Join Duke’s Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics for an Open House celebration held in conjunction with IEEE’s “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” Week, and explore the fun and fascinating science and power of light!

Event Registration



  • Hands-on activities and demonstrations of light-based technologies
  • Light refreshments
  • Giveaways including hologram glasses, LED finger lights, T-shirts, souvenir photos and more! Quantities limited
  • Tours of Duke's Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility (SMIF) clean room and Innovation Co-Lab (please note that there are seperate pre-registrations required for the tours due to limited space.  See below for the links to register)

Introduce a Girl to Photonics 2016Demonstrations

  • Light Pipe: Duke Optical Student Chapter (OSA/SPIE) demonstrates how fiber optics work to speed data to your computer, TV and more!
  • Solar Power and Hydrogen Fuel: Discover the future of automotive technologies – a demonstration of how cars can be powered by light.
  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Come investigate materials that emit their own light, like Play-Doh and more, using laser beams.
  • See Cells with a Cell: Check out cells, neurons, and other microscopic objects with a cell phone microscope – a novel technology that's like having a lab in your pocket!
  • High-Resolution Endoscope: Learn how doctors peer inside the body with this light-based visualization tool
  • Light Blox: See how light works – understand reflection and refraction
  • Photonics in Art: See how X-rays are used in art
  • Interference of Light: Learn what interference is and see how and inferometer is used
  • MEDx Wireless Technology: View wearable light technology used in medicine, including a wireless pulse oximeter, smartphone apps, Google Glass, and a new holographic technology called Microsoft Hololens
  • 3D Printers:  See how they work and learn more about digital fabrication.
  • Photo Booth: Try on a clean room suit, step into the photo booth and get an instant photo strip of yourself, your family & friends to take home as a souvenir.
  • Meet Women Scientists and Engineers: Ask then about what they do and how they got started
  • SMIF Clean Room: Tour the clean room and see cool things under a light microscope ( This is a separate registration that is very limited.  You must click here to pre-register for 15 minute SMIF tour). 
  • Innovation Co-Lab: Tour the lab where "if you can dream it, you can build it." (This is a separate registration that is very limited.  You must click here to pre-register for 15 minute Innovation Co-Lab tour)

Parking and Transit

  • Ride the free Bull City Connector to the Research Drive/Circuit Drive stop and take a six-minute walk (0.3 miles) to the Fitzpatrick Center

What is Photonics?

Watch this video to find out:

Organizer and Main Sponsor:  The Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

Sponsored in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International "Introduce a Girl to Photonics" Week 2016