The COPL at Université Laval boasts a critical mass of expertise through its 21 research teams affiliated with the physics, chemistry and electrical engineering departments. It benefits from state-of-the-art laboratory facilities housed within the Pavilion of Optics and Photonics, which offers an unparalleled environment for multi-disciplinary research. Unique in its avant-garde design, the Pavilion’s humidity, temperature, dust and vibrations are rigorously controlled within its laboratories. Furthermore, this infrastructure houses the latest equipment, including fiber fabrication facilities, glass synthesis set-ups, a microfabrication lab, thin film deposition systems, a scanning electron microscope and a wide range of characterization instruments.
In addition to its commitment to support local research institutions and companies, the COPL is preparing tomorrow’s leaders to tackle the challenge of furthering the development of photonics knowledge and applications.
The Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) at Université Laval is also part of a strategic cluster of 42 research teams established in the province of Quebec and based in high-level academic institutions: Université Laval, École Polytechnique de Montréal, McGill University, INRS, École de technologie supérieure, Université de Sherbrooke, Université du Québec à Montréal and Concordia University. Together they share the same mission: Training students at the Master's, PhD and post-doctorate levels, performing fundamental and applied research and contributing to Quebec’s socio-economic development by supporting the industry.