Cardenas Lab

Cardenas Lab2022-09-19T09:07:07-04:00

We manipulate light inside chips that fit on the tip of a needle

  • Red laser coming from Juniyali's chip fused to a fiber.
  • Weak Value Amplification Chip

Welcome To Cardenas Lab

Cardenas Lab is a fun research group working to transform how people do science and technology using nanoscale optical devices.

We do optics on a chip by engineering structures at the nanoscale level using microfabrication techniques.

We work with any materials needed for our application ranging from recently discovered 2D materials all the way to glass.

Some examples of the questions we want to answer or problems we want to solve are:

  • How do living cells work?
  • How do you package photonic devices for low cost and high volume applications?
  • What tools can be conceived and built that will revolutionize other scientific fields such as neuroscience, cellular biology, or astronomy?
  • What new platform will revolutionize nanophotonics?

In our lab you will design and fabricate nanophotonic devices to solve (or answer) some of today’s challenging problems (or questions).

Who We Are

To prepare students for their career goals in industry or academia.

To revolutionize science and technology in interdisciplinary fields using photonics.

To transform the field of photonics using novel materials, techniques, and devices.

Our current research areas are in novel optical materials and devices and bionanophotonics. See our research page for more details.
If you are already a student at the University of Rochester, please visit our join our team page.

To become a student at The Institute of Optics, please follow the instructions given here to apply.

Latest News


Our group celebrated the end of summer as a farewell to our REUs with a go kart race and dinner.


Prof. Cardenas gave a class on PIC testing at the Aim Photonics Academy in MIT.


Juniyali gave an invited speaker talk at the Applied Industrial Optics Conference in Dublin, Ireland.


Congratulations Yi Zhang for passing your proposal exam! Thesis defense is next.


Congratulations Dr. Meiting Song for earning your PhD today! We are very proud of you.


Sushant, Juniyali, Prof. Cardenas and Wendi presented a panel discussion on Entrepreneurship for the Kearns Center’s Upward Bound Summer Program.

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