GE continues leading role in photonics industry — from LED to digital x-ray

Vice President Joseph Biden joined New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Rochester, New York today to announce a new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation. GE Global Research joins SUNY Polytechnic Institute and the Air Force Research Lab as a partner in this initiative.

From a press release issued by Biden’s office: “The Department of Defense is awarding the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics to a consortium of 124 companies, nonprofits, and universities led by RF SUNY. With a total investment of over $610 million—$110 million in federal funds, and more than $500 million in non-federal contributions—the  announcement marks the largest public-private commitment to date for a  manufacturing institute launched in the United States.” GE is one of the companies in that consortium.

GE is proud to be a lead industry partner in the new Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation spearheaded by the Air Force Research Lab and led by the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Rochester, NY.  Photonics has played a strong role in many of the technologies GE has developed since the founding of our company in 1892 and Thomas Edison’s introduction of the light bulb.

GE scientists have achieved many important ‘firsts’ in the photonics space,  demonstrating the first LED and first semiconductor diode laser in the early 1960s and introducing the first digital x-ray products to market in healthcare in the late 1990s.  Since then, we have expanded our photonics research in healthcare to support new developments for drug discovery and disease diagnosis and achieved new breakthroughs in the energy sector as well. GE scientists work in in cadmium telluride thin film solar cells has shattered records for efficiency in this class of solar technology.

Robert Hall and Laser
Robert Hall in his GE Global Research lab.
Nick Holonyak at his University of Illinois office in 2012.
Nick Holonyak at his University of Illinois office in 2012.


With photonics, the future is indeed bright. The new Institute will literally light the way to better performing, lower cost photonics systems that support new commercial applications for GE’s industrial businesses and others.  We look forward to supporting the new Institute and working with a world-class team of research partners to create and accelerate new advancements in this critically important space.

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  1. Eumenio

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