Foton ("Fonctions Optiques pour les Technologies de l'informatiON" = Optical functions for Information Technologies) is the laboratory where ENSSAT's teacher/researchers specialised in the field of photonics operate. It is a Combined Research Unit managed by the CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) and the Rennes 1 University, where teams of researchers from ENSSAT work alongside researchers from the IUT (University Institute of Technology) in Lannion and the Rennes INSA (National Institute of Applied Sciences). This combined research unit is made up of its primary Institute, the INSIS (Institut des sciences de l'ingénierie et des systèmes = Institute of engineering and system sciences) and two secondary Institutes, the INP (Physics Institute) and the INC (Chemistry Institute).
Closely associated with applications used in lasers and fibre optics, the studies undertaken are linked to the advances of the Sciences and Technologies of Information and Communication (STIC = Sciences et Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication). The studies are conducted through partnerships with companies based at the Anticipa Technology hub and the 'Photonics Bretagne' (Brittany Photonics) group of associated companies.
Foton's areas of interest range from new materials used in the field of integrated fibre optics and photonic components to super-high speed telecommunication systems; new component technology; laser physics; complex optical functions and optoelectronic sensors.
Foton is made up of two teams: 'Systèmes photoniques', based in Lannion (65 people) and 'OHM' (Optoelectronics, Heteroepitaxy and Materials), based in Rennes (45 people). With a combined team of 110 people, it is the largest academic laboratory in the field of photonics applied to Information Sciences.