Founded in 1989, the Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL) maintains a long tradition of excellence in research and training in this field dating back to the 50’s.
The COPL has since evolved into a multidisciplinary strategic cluster of experts in 8 Quebec universities. The critical mass of researchers remains however at Université Laval where 22 teams carry out their research.
Université Laval’s leadership in optics and photonics is recognized in Canada as well as around the word. Leveraging state-of-the-art infrastructure that is unique in the country, the COPL boasts 2 Canada Excellence Research Chairs, 4 NSERC Industrial Research Chairs and 6 Canada Research Chairs. Over 150 graduate students are pursuing their degree at the centre.
In partnership with other research organizations and with companies of all sizes, COPL physicists, chemists and engineers are working in synergy, from the confines of the infinitely small to the confines of the infinitely fast, in order to unleash the extraordinary potential of the science of light.
Mission of the center
- Train students and highly-qualified personnel
- Pursue fundamental and applied research
- Contribute to socio-economic growth through optics and photonics
Studying at COPL
Autonomy and easy adaptation
A vital link in the innovation chain in optics and photonics in Quebec, the COPL trains confident scientists that have the reputation of adapting rapidly to an applied work environment. Relying on a research infrastructure of the highest quality and a critical mass of multidisciplinary expertise, the centre offers graduate students an exceptional training experience. The COPL is the country’s largest research and training centre in the field and ranks among the top in North America.
Research projects attuned to the needs of industry
By maintaining a number of collaborations with industrial partners, the COPL is able to remain abreast of the emerging needs of the market. Consequently, the COPL can tailor its research and training to the challenges and trends facing industry. Through these partnerships, students have the opportunity to be co-supervised by scientists in industry and participate in industrial internships to acquire new knowledge and practical skills.
Université de Bordeaux (joint PhD program, research collaborations within the Associate International Laboratory
Huawei Technologies Canada (research collaborations in optical communications)
TeraXion (co-supervisions, industrial internships, research collaborations with numerous COPL research teams)
State University of São Paulo, in Brazil (research collaborations in photonics and nanomaterials within the International Mixed Unit)