Welcome to the Photonics Research Center at West Point

The Photonics Research Center (PRC) is West Point's home to photonics and optics experts from diverse fields of study. Here we conduct cutting edge research into producing and harnessing the power of ultraviolet, visible, and infrared light. Photonics is a large discipline and encompasses lasers, imaging, fiber optics, night vision, and remote sensing among others. 

Interdisciplinary Faculty

The center is composed of faculty and researchers from the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and Chemistry and Life Science.  While many cadets who contribute to research come from these departments, we have research opportunities for students from a diverse background of academic experience. 

Meet the staff and faculty by clicking here.

The department logos for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Nuclear Engineering, and Chemistry and Life Science.
A collage of five images of cadets conducting research: cadets posing in a lab, cadets using night imagery, a cadet holding a weather instrument, an image of a face lit by a heat sensor, and two cadets using a scope on a rifle.

See our research

Our cadets and faculty are conducting research at the cutting edge of photonics. Our established research fields include:

  • High Energy Lasers applications
  • Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL)
  • Light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors 
  • Night vision applications
  • Fiber optic applications including radio and digital communications

To learn more about our current research projects click here

Read our publications

Our researchers frequently publish in top journals and present research as conferences hosted by the Directed Energy Professional Society (DEPS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and Optical Society of America (OSA). 

You can see our recent publications here.

Photonics cadets and a civilian pose for an image while attending a DEPS conference in 2018

Contact Us


Mailing Address:

Photonics Research Center
Bartlett Hall Science Center
753 Cullum Road, Room 191
West Point, New York, 10996-1905

Email: photonics@westpoint.edu 
Phone: (845) 938-5565


West Point’s Academic Research Directorate (ARD) assists with research requests. You can learn more at the ARD site or by emailing the Associate Dean of Research.