The Photonics Research Labs have their origins in the former Optical and Quantum Communications Group, initially hosted from 1991 to 2005 at the Communications Department. The group is a founding member of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia since 2005.
From an optical telecom core, the group has evolved to the application of the photonic technology to a wide range of diverse applications where the optical and photonic technology together with microwave photonics brings its added value.
The group is structured in different Research Labs that focus in different related technologies with different fields of applications.
Antenna beamforming, surveillance radar systems, optical sensors, integrated photonic circuits, high-performance computing architectures and optical interconnects, biophotonic sensors, automobilism as well as robotics are the different fields of applications in the expertise of the labs.
Currently the joint effort of the Photonic Research Labs holds a strong knowhow in the photonic and optical field for any application where light can shine.
Nowadays, the PRL is currently formed by more than 30 young telecom engineers and physicists, and is part of the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (iTEAM) of the Universitat Politècnica de València.
The mission is to produce high-quality scientific knowledge in the field of optics, quantum optics and photonics, through research projects, R&D contracts and collaboration agreements with the private sector. Our research activity is focused on several applications of photonics, mainly on optical communications of analog and digital signals as well as radio-over-fiber systems. Part of the research is also performed in the field of fiber optic sensor and industrial photonics.
The Mission of the Photonics Research Labs is to contribute to the scientific progress of photonic technology and its application to solve real industrial and societal challenges.
Photonic technology as a multisectorial key enabling technology that will lead to a transformational impact in industrial and societal applications.
Science and progress are made by people. Education of people is one of the duties of the Photonics Research Labs to contribute to a future inclusive and better prepared society.