SfeirLab Photonics

Ultrafast and Optoelectronic Spectroscopy

The technology of generating and using light and other radiant energy forms, photonics is best known for fiber-optic communications, but its potential in a wide range of fields of applied science is vast: from diagnosing cancer without a biopsy to detecting bioterrorism. Researchers also use photonics to explore areas such as plant photosynthesis to advance basic scientific knowledge.

Photonics was chosen as an ASRC flagship initiative because it has become a strength for CUNY —an area that has been expanded over the last several years through the University’s “cluster hiring” initiative in the sciences— and because it offers unusual potential for collaboration across disciplines.

Photonics research encompasses biology, medicine, physics and technology fields such as computer display and lighting, as well as the futuristic fields of quantum information processing and quantum encryption, in which data reside on single photons, which are to light what electrons are to electricity.

Andrea Alù, renowned engineer and photonics researcher, is the founding director of the Photonics Initiative.

ASRC/CUNY Photonics Initiative


Find out about current research projects at SfeirLab Photonics. 

  • Charge and Spin Correlations in Organic Materials

  • Nanostructured Energy Conversion Devices

  • Next Generation Ultrafast Spectroscopy Methods

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STEM Undergraduate Summer Research Info Session January 24, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm This event will feature a number of undergraduate summer research programs which place students with mentors at the CUNY ASRC and [...]

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Professor Sfeir Named Highly Cited Researcher

Three faculty members at The Graduate Center, CUNY were named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list from the Web of Science Group, including Matthew Sfeir, professor of physics at The [...]

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Facilities & Software

Learn about available facilities within the Photonics Initiative.

The Photonics facilities at the ASRC are ideally suited to welcome and foster such challenging interdisciplinary science, offering a highly interactive environment where the best science can take place.  Our laboratories host state-of-the-art equipment spanning kilohertz to petahertz in operational frequencies, with a range of sources suitable from ultra-sensitive to high-power measurements.  These broad capabilities create unique setting to explore wave-matter interactions at the highest level.

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Photonics Core Facility

The Photonics Core is a shared-user facility offering several lasers, light sources, measurement instruments as well as optical and mechanical hardware to support photonics research.

A laboratory support room is available with mechanical tools, allowing users to rapidly create experimental setups. The facility also maintains several photonics-related software packages for computational work.

The Radio Frequency and Millimeter-wave (RF/mm-wave) Core is a shared-user facility.

RF/mm-wave includes the Electronics Fabrication Facility and the Measurement Facility

Custom Software Development

The facility maintains several photonics-related software packages for computational work.

We also do custom software programming for specialized control of our research projects using state of the art techniques. 

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SfeirLab Photonics

Ultrafast and Optoelectronic Spectroscopy

Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

SfeirLab Photonics

Advanced Science Research Center
85 St. Nicholas Terrace, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10031 

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