• A woman is in front of the OCT system. It takes images of her eyes.

    August 04, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

    Robotic Scanner Automates Diagnostic Imaging in the Eye

    By removing the need for highly trained technicians, the imaging tool could make it easier to diagnose eye diseases outside of specialized clinics

  • A large grid of red cylinders with the front four having a diffuse light shining on them

    July 27, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

    Setting Boundaries Helps Machine Learning Find One-in-a-Trillion Solutions

    New “neural-adjoint” machine learning method can help researchers find optimal solutions in extremely large design spaces such as dielectric metamaterials for communications

  • Steve Cummer

    July 26, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

    Catching Waves

    Duke ECE’s Steven Cummer, the William H. Younger Distinguished Professor of Engineering, discusses new metamaterials research in this Q&A– and explains why invisibility paint is not on the horizon

  • Rocks, x-rays of rocks, a jumble of bluish light, multicolored images of the rocks, graphs showing different spectral responses

    June 08, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

    X-ray Scanner Spots Cancers and Analyzes Drugs in Minutes

    New technology could speed cancer diagnosis, ensure surgeons remove 100% of a tumor and inspect drugs for dangerous chemicals

  • microscope

    June 08, 2021 | Duke Today

    $100 Million to Advance Duke Science and Technology Research

    The Duke Endowment of Charlotte, N.C., is supporting Duke University’s efforts to expand its faculty in computation, materials science and the resilience of the body and brain by completing the second phase of a $100 million investment. This is the largest award Duke University has ever received.

  • A series of different colored panels each representing pulling a different piece of data from light

    March 10, 2021 | Duke Engineering News

    Capturing All of Light’s Data in One Snapshot

    Duke engineers to lead $7.5 million Department of Defense project to create a “super camera” that can capture and process a wide range of light’s properties

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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