Lightwave Communications Research Lab

Welcome to the Lightwave Communications Research Lab at Princeton University

If you are a graduate student interested in joining our lab , please check off the box “Optics and Photonics” on your application and mention Prof. Prucnal in your essay. Contact Jean Bausmith with any general questions about admission to the graduate program in Electrical Engineering at Princeton.  Her email is  If you are an undergraduate, feel free to contact Prof. Prucnal directly with any questions.

Prof. Bhavin Shastri awarded the ICO IUPAP Young Scientist Prize in Optics 2020

Congratulations to our ex-postdoc and collaborator, Prof. Shastri, for this prestigious recognition of his accomplishments! 

Paul Prucnal Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Congratulations to Prof. Paul Prucnal who has been named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). More details can be found here.

Our Book Received Great Review in Optics and Photonics News!

You can find the latest review to our book "Neuromorphic Photonics" in Optics and Photonics News here!

Neurophotonics: Photonics Demonstrate Brainlike Behavior Useful in Machine Learning

Thomas's recent work has received a press release. A link to the article can be found here

Latest Book Publication: Neuromorphic Photonics

Professor Paul Prucnal and postdoc Bhavin Shastri recently published a book: Neuromorphic Photonics. This book aims to bridge between the domains of photonic device physics and neural networks, providing…

Alex Tait Wins Best Paper Award at 2017 Summer Topicals Meeting Series

Graduate student Alex Tait was the recipient of the IEEE Photonics Best Student Paper Award (1st Place) at this years IEEE Photonics Summer Topicals in Brain-Inspired Computing. Congratulations to Alex!

Laser neuron with graphene

Bhavin Shastri, a Banting postdoctoral fellow in our group, has recently conducted research in using graphene as a saturable absorber element in neuron-inspired laser processors. This work has been featured in an IEEE Spectrum article titled, "Graphene Flakes Make Laser Neuron Superfast." A link to the article can be found 

Innovations from the wild world of optics and photonics

Our lab's work has been featured in an NSF Discovery article. A link to the article can be found here.

Year of Light: Computer processor based on the brain uses light to transmit signals

Photonic spike processing was featured in an NSF article. See the article here.