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Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (or equivalent as recognized by Université Laval) in Mechanical Engineering or Engineering Physics or a subject closely related to selected graduate work (Engineering, Chemistry, etc.).

High Academic Achievement: The minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is 4.0 out of a possible 4.33.

Proficiency in French/English: Proficiency in either French or English is required.

Courses are offered in French, however:

  • they may be taken in the 2nd year
  • students can answer their written exams in English

Other requirements: Please note that students cannot enter fully the PhD program until the MSc degree has been awarded or all requirements completed.

Program Requirements

Compulsory Courses (9 credits)

  • A minimum of 3 courses chosen within the study program courses list.
  • Courses must be approved by the professor supervising the Ph.D. thesis.

Complementary Course (0 credit)

Doctoral Exam (3 credits)

  • The doctoral exam consists of a written and an oral exam.
  • The exam is normally completed before the end of the 4th semester, but can be extended if needed.

Thesis (84  credits)

Research Areas

  • Engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Photonics
  • Physics

The manufacturing of photonic components is becoming more complex and the corresponding cost grows up. The incorporation of photo sensitive molecules (such as azobenzene) or composite material systems (polymer or sol gel) into those photonic structures may allow the post-fabrication tuning of their properties (to increase the productivity and functionality of the device) by using light of specific wavelength. We are going to design a coupler as a part of the photonic circuit. The operation of the coupler (from optical point of view) will be analysed. The incorporation of the photo sensitive material into the vicinity of that coupler will then be carried out. The performance of the coupler for different adjustment conditions will be analyzed. The thermomechanical balance of materials used to build the coupler will be conducted. In particular, the thermo-mechanical couplings will be finely characterized at the new nano-mechanics laboratory of université Laval. The designed coupler will be fabricated, characterized and discussed with our industrial partner company. 

Financial Support - Doctoral Funding

Steps Amount*
Year 1 (semester 3) $ 5000
Year 2 (semester 6) $ 5000
Year 3 (semester 9) $ 5000

* All amounts are in Canadian dollars.

Professors

Luca SORELLI

Emailluca.sorelli@gci.ulaval.ca

Co supervisors:

Filippo Fabbri (France)
Email:  filippo.fabbri@u-psud.fr


Tigran Galstian (Canada)
EmailTigran.Galstian@phy.ulaval.ca

Educational committee: Mario Fafard (Canada), Denis Rodrigue (Canada), Jacques Peretti (France)