July 2009 Koç University's efforts in Optics and Photonics are published in Optics and Photonics News Magazine. The Microphotonics Research Laboratory focuses on silicon photonics, microcavity quantum electrodynamics, and laser spectroscopy. We are currently working on developing silicon microsphere based near-infrared optoelectronic devices such as filters, modulators, and detectors. Silicon microspheres combine the resonant photonic properties of the spherical microcavity with the semiconducting electronic properties of the silicon, and are ideal building blocks for 3 dimensional volumetric lightwave circuits.