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Labs and Facilities

By Anonymous - Posted on 13 September 2011

Labs and Facilities

The professors at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre have access to state-of-the-art nanotechnology and femtosecond science facilities, as well as all the equipment and instrumentation needed to develop telecommunication prototypes.

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The Nanostructures and Femtosecond Science Facility (INF), which houses the Femtosecond Science Laboratory / Advanced Laser Light Source ( ALLS) and the Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory (LMN) is one of the major scientific facilities that have made the Centre famous. It also includes the Material Characterization Laboratory.

 

 

 


 

Ultrahigh Speed Light Manipulation Laboratory

Directors: José Azaña and Roberto Morandotti

 

The Ultrahigh Speed Light Manipulation Laboratory is a photonics research facility composed primarily of laser systems. The laboratory helps provide a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of optical communications, including the dynamics of ultrashort optical pulses under varying conditions of dispersion and diffraction. The laboratory also supports innovation in methods for processing, manipulating, and monitoring optical signals. Laser systems are essential for testing fibres and he integrated subsystems for processing ultrashort optical impulses.

 

 

Acoustic Signal Processing Laboratory

Director: Jacob Benesty

 

The Acoustic Signal Processing Laboratory houses up-to-date multimedia communications equipment. Research projects look at ways to improve the performance of multimedia systems, such as teleconferencing systems and hands-free cell phone systems in automobiles, through multiple channel signal processing. The facility is equipped with numerous measurement instruments and also supports development of new telecommunications devices notably capable of controlling echo, eliminating ambient interference, and reconstructing sound in 3D space.

 

 

Zeitgeist Optical Laboratory

Director: Martin Maier

 

The Zeitgeist Optical Laboratory’s mission is to provide a glimpse of the technologies, protocols, and algorithms that are the future of optical networks, as well as how they will be seamlessly integrated into the next generation of wireless broadband network access. Research activities are aimed not only at exploring the possibilities and technical challenges of bimodal optical and wireless networks, but also their benefits for society and the potential to develop new applications and services as we enter the age of the Petaoctet. As part of Université de Québec, the Laboratory plays an important role in attracting the most brilliant graduates and postdoctoral fellows from the four corners of the earth. The Laboratory also plays a role in promoting collaboration between scientists, engineers, institutions, and businesses in Canada and abroad. The Laboratory was founded by research professor Martin Maier who also heads the lab.

 

 

Plasma Science and Applications Laboratory

Director: Mohamed Chaker

 

The Plasma Science and Applications Laboratory supports research and development in the field of plasma and plasma applications and promotes the establishment of an international-calibre research centre. Beyond telecommunications, photonics, energy, and biomedicine, a number of other industry sectors hinge on this science that is experiencing phenomenal growth. Dedicated to meeting the needs of some 40 researchers from academia and industry, the laboratory helps advance knowledge of plasma in addition to supporting research and development work in the areas of radio frequency (RF) and photonics components, fuel cells, and medical imaging.

 

 

High Speed Wireless Communications Mobile Laboratory

Director: Sofiène Affes

 

Wireless communications continue to evolve and provide greater mobility. The creation of the High Speed Wireless Communications Mobile Laboratory makes it possible to test 3G and 4G receiver prototypes on the air in real time. The mobile laboratory marks the beginning of an experimental inter-university wireless network, the first of its kind in Canada. Equipped with a high speed data acquisition system and four radio frequency modules, the van that serves as a mobile platform enables the various research teams to utilize the full potential of the prototypes and transfer their technologies to industry stakeholders.

 

 

Nanofemtosecond Laboratory

Director: Federico Rosei

 

Nanoscience is booming! In order to better understand the physical and chemical mechanisms involved in growing semiconductor crystals and to stimulate research on nano scale material design and characterization, the Nanofemtosecond Laboratory draws on cutting edge research equipment, including a scanning tunneling microscope (STM), which INRS Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications (Energy Materials Telecommunications) research teams can use. This facility makes it possible to analyze images of conductor and semiconductor surfaces taken at various temperatures ranging from 25° to 1000° Kelvin at atomic-scale resolution.

 

 

Laboratory for Producing Isolated High Energy Laser Pulses in the Attosecond Domain

Director: Tsuneyuki Ozaki

 

The Laboratory’s mission is to produce intense isolated laser pulses in the attosecond domain. Crossing the femtosecond barrier will make it possible to study systems that are inaccessible using currently available impulses. The field of attosecond lasers will pave the way for new scientific breakthroughs by making it possible to study ultra high speed physical phenomena as well as molecular imaging applications. For example, isolated molecules and viruses could be photographed to avoid the drawbacks of today's analysis methods. A better understanding of molecules and viruses will ultimately lead to the development of new medications.

 

 

Radio Frequency Laboratory (LRF)

Director: Tayeb Denidni

 

The Radio Frequency Laboratory (LRF) is a state-of-the-art facility that fosters innovation in the area of antennas and facilitates development of various radio frequency (RF) and microwave technologies for the telecommunications industry. The lab boasts a shielded anechoic chamber equipped with a near field measurement system for characterizing 1 to 40 GHz antennas. It also includes microwave and radiofrequency equipment, multiple workstations, and specialized software used to design and model RF components for wireless communication applications.

 

 

Power Laser Wavefront Correction System

Director: Jean-Claude Kieffer

 

The field of ultrashort laser impulses (on the order of a femtosecond, 10-15 seconds) requires a facility at the very cutting edge of technology. In order to support work performed by the Canada Research Chair in Ultra Rapid Photonics Applied to Materials and Systems, the Ti-Sapphire laser at INRS now has a wave front correction system. This device makes it possible to eliminate distortions at the laser output, which optimizes the spatial and temporal quality of the beams. The only of its kind in North America, this laser, which boasts greater intensity and superior energy distribution across the beam, makes it possible to test the limits of the laser–matter interface and its applications in fields such as medical imaging.

 

 

Direct Laser Writing System for Building Microstructures

Director: Mohamed Chaker

 

To meet the growing demand for micro and nanostructures in the photonics and microelectronics industries as well as the biomedical sector, increasingly state-of-the-art lithographic methods are absolutely essential. To create miniaturized devices such as lasers and lenses tailored specifically to these industries, and to support research conducted by the Canada Research Chair in Plasmas Applied to Micro and Nanofabrication Technologies to develop photonic and RF components, the Micro and Nanofabrication Laboratory has procured a high performance direct laser writing system with increased writing speed and higher resolution. The system, which makes it possible to generate 2D and 3D microstructures by creating masks or etching directly on various substrate materials, is accessible to all researchers working in this field.

 

 

Hybrid System for Semiconductor Thin Film Deposition Using Laser Ablation

Director: Federico Rosei

 

State-of-the-art equipment is needed to characterize materials, optimize semiconductor properties, and perform other work associated with the Canada Research Chair in Nanostructured Organic and Inorganic Materials. That is why a hybrid system for semiconductor thin film deposition using laser ablation and thermal source evaporation has been added to the INRS research facilities for use in micro- and nano-fabrication. The system consists of a room for semiconductor thin film deposition that includes, among other things, an RHEED (Reflection High Energy Electron Diffraction) instrument for in situ material characterization.

 

 

Advanced Research Unit for Epitaxial Thin Films and Nanostructured Functional Materials

Director: Alain Pignolet

 

The study of epitaxial films of ferroic materials, a subfield of functional materials, as well as their fields of application, is the main objective of the Advanced Research Unit for Epitaxial Thin Films and Functional Nanostructured Materials. In this vein, the unit supports activities associated with the development of new materials and advanced technologies. Fabricating thin and ultrathin films of complex materials requires a great deal of expertise and state-of-the-art deposition equipment. Epitaxial thin films are the highest quality crystalline thin films. The high quality of the thin films and their characterization, at a molecular and atomic level, make it possible to produce meta-materials and advanced devices. The research facility is backed by sophisticated tools such as a high-resolution x-ray diffractometer enable researchers to analyze and evaluate the epitaxial quality of the thin films that make up advanced materials, as well as an "environmental" atomic force microscope makes it possible to characterize epitaxial films under vacuum and in diverse controlled atmospheres.

 

 

Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Lab

Director: Tiago H. Falk

The Multimedia/Multimodal Signal Analysis and Enhancement (MuSAE) Lab is located at the Energy, Materials, and Telecommunications Centre of the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (affiliated with the University of Quebec) in the heart of Montreal.

At the MuSAE Lab, we are conducting research at the cross-roads of biomedical engineering and telecommunications. More specifically, we are developing award-winning biologically-inspired signal processing techniques with applications across three themes: multimedia communications, health diagnostics, and human-machine interaction.

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