Optics, photonics, and lasers

Harnessing the tremendous potential of glass and light

SPIRou - un spectropolarimètre infra-rouge

The Optics Engineering Research Laboratory headed by Simon Thibault contributed to the optical design of SPIRou's spectrograph and scientific camera. He also worked on the optomechanical integration of the SPIRou camera which required that the lenses be centered with a micrometer precision.

Optics, photonics, and lasers

Harnessing the tremendous potential of glass and light

High-speed information transfer

Université Laval is an undisputed leader in the high-tech field of optics, photonics, and lasers. Our researchers are responsible for major scientific breakthroughs in the field, including work on ultrashort laser pulses. Their expertise in areas such as fibre optics, photonic materials, and optical communications is revolutionizing medicine, telecommunications, and agriculture.

To avoid sometimes invasive interventions with traditional medical instruments, we’re envisioning making a tiny incision big enough for a single optical fibre to reach a tumor several millimeters below the skin’s surface and using a laser beam to pulverize it.

Réal Vallée, professor, Department of Physics, Physical Engineering, and Optics and director of the Center for Optics, Photonics and Lasers

Research Units

Canada Research Chairs

Partnership Research Chairs

The graduate program in optics and photonics at Université Laval is probably one of the best in the country. The facilities and equipment at the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) provide a great working environment for students.

Simon Duval, PhD graduate in physics supervised by Professor Réal Vallée

Resources for researchers and student researchers

The Vice Dean of Research

The mission of the faculty’s Office of the Vice Dean of Research is to familiarize faculty members with research funding program requirements. Its research development advisors can assist researchers in preparing funding applications and drafting research contracts. They can also provide information and guidance on technology transfer opportunities.

Learn more about the Office of the Vice Dean of Research

Le Lab en ligne

The Faculty of Sciences and Engineering’s LAB en ligne is a virtual space that showcases and profiles the faculty’s research equipment and facilities. The service provides graduate students, faculty members, and industry professionals with access to state-of-the-art equipment at reasonable cost along with opportunities for collaboration.

Lab en ligne