What is Integrated Photonics?

Integrated photonics uses complex optical circuits to process and transmit signals of light, similar to the routing of electrical signals in a computer microchip. In contrast to the electrical transmission in a microchip, a photonic integrated circuit can transmit multiple information channels simultaneously using different wavelengths of light with minimal interference and energy loss to enable high-bandwidth, low-power communications. Breakthrough applications in datacom, RF signal processing, biosensing, and driverless technologies increasingly rely on the functionality of integrated photonics.

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IPSR Roadmap

Felice Frankel photo

Photo by Felice Frankel, MIT

Download the Integrated Photonics Systems Roadmap (IPSR). Technology roadmapping is the process of creating a shared industry vision for future product standards and fabrication methodologies. 


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Teaching Packages

Teaching packages

Electro-optically tunable delay device made by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group.

Download teaching packages in integrated photonics.



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Online Courses


AIM Photonics education chip (designed by Rochester Institute of Technology, Boston University and University of Rochester)

Learn more about edX course offerings in integrated photonics.  We have four courses that we will offer in the winter and spring of 2021, three for the first time.

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Job Postings


Learn about job opportunities in the field of integrated photonics.



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Application Prototypes Labs

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Optical testing of an AIM Photonics interposer chip designed by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group

MIT launched its Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) on MIT’s campus, allowing professors at MIT to incorporate hands-on integrated photonics lessons into their syllabi, and for companies to work directly with students on projects. 

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Entangled bi-photon source designed by the RIT Integrated Photonics Group and fabricated by AIM Photonics. Acknowledgements: AFRL, NSF and Precision Optical Transceivers

See TED-Ed videos on integrated photonics, and videos from past Roadmap meetings. Learn about the PIC manufacturing infrastructure.

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