Enabling Photonic Innovations for Information and Communication

Canada Excellence Research Chair at Laval University

The Canada Excellence Research Chair in Photonic Innovations provides unique world-class expertise in glass and optical fibres that will become the corner stone for the development of future photonic components for communications. Based at Université Laval in Québec City, the Chair relies on the unmatched blend of expertise and resources already available at the university’s Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers, which boasts a critical mass of researchers specialized in optics and photonics and a unique state-of-the art building solely dedicated to optics and photonics research including a brand-new optical fibre fabrication facility.

The Chair is funded by the Government of Canada’s Excellence Research Chairs Program whose aim is to attract and retain the world's most accomplished and promising minds in the priority research areas of environmental science and technology; natural resources and energy; health and related life sciences and technologies; and information and communications technologies. With this program, the Government of Canada wishes to positively contribute to the country’s global competitiveness, prosperity and well-being while helping Canadian universities compete internationally for research talent. The federal grant is further leveraged by substantial industry support from local and national end-users as well as support from the host university and the Government of Quebec.

 

 

 

 

Mission

To consolidate Canada’s position among world leaders in optics and photonics technology by expanding knowledge in the area of glass-based materials, by developing novel products in collaboration with end-users and by training the next generation of experts in the field.

Objectives

  • Design novel vitreous materials for the production of next-generation optical fibers
  • Reduce intrinsic losses in infrared glasses
  • Develop functional micro and nano-structured vitrous materials for optical fibers or planar waveguides 

 

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