Sophie LaRochelle

Professional affiliations :

Chairholder - Canada Research Chair in Advanced Photonic Technologies for Communications (Tier 1)

Professor - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Member - Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

Fellow - Optical Society of America

Fellow - IEEE

Projects in progress :

How can we get fiberoptic networks to transport even more information? Can we achieve this with new multi-core or ring core optical fibers? How can we miniaturize sensors and deploy them in a network capable of collecting information on biodiversity in the North? Can integrated photonic devices on silicon be combined with microfluidics and microelectronics to create such smart sensors? These are some of the questions being addressed in my research activities.

The research I am conducting consists in modelling, simulation and experimentation. My laboratory is equipped with the latest systems and instruments for characterization and testing of fibers and devices.

The projects available present several opportunities for student internships through international collaborations and industrial partnerships.

For a detailed description of research projects ->

For a video on the European Commission's ROAM project involving Prof. LaRochelle ->

Interests :

Thesis projects currently available:

  • Design of optical fibers
  • Design of fiber amplifiers
  • Integrated photonic circuits on silicon
  • Photonic sensors on silicon

For a detailed description of the laboratory ->

Research team :

Research associate: 

Jacques Lefebvre

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Firat Ertac Durak

Kaboko Jean-Jacques Monga

PhD Students: 

Charles Matte-Breton

Mohammad Ahmadi (co-supervised with Wei Shi-COPL)

Saber Jalilpiran (co-supervised with Younès Messaddeq-COPL)

Master's Students:

Pierre-Olivier Janvier

Thierry Lapointe-Leclerc

Corentin Botzung



Centre d'optique, photonique et laser
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Université Laval, Québec, Canada, G1V 0A6
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