Without research partnerships, the COPL would simply have never existed. The Center was established in 1989 when two research groups in optics from different departments (Electrical Engineering and Physics) at Université Laval decided to join forces in order to share knowledge and resources for the purpose of furthering development in the field and training the next generation of optics-photonics scientists. These are the very objectives that to this day spur on COPL members to continue establishing research partnerships.

Partnerships within COPL

Research partnerships within COPL extended beyond the walls of Université Laval in 2002 when a group of engineering physics professors from École Polytechnique joined the ranks of the Center. Then in 2005, the COPL continued its expansion by welcoming a team of neurophysics researchers from Robert-Giffard Hospital. With the integration of investigators from McGill, INRS and Université de Sherbrooke in 2008, École de technologie supérieure in 2010, UQÀM in 2012 and Concordia University in 2014, the Center has developed into the Quebec network of experts in optics and photonics.  No other organization in Quebec and perhaps in Canada possesses such a critical mass of internationally recognized scientists with a proven track record in research and teaching.

Partnerships with other research organizations

Over the years, COPL investigators have forged strong links with research organizations in Canada and abroad. Since its inception, the COPL has collaborated with scientists from Defence Research & Development Canada at Valcartier, the National Research Council of Canada and INO (National Optics Institute). Internationally, the COPL pursues collaborations with such institutions as Stanford University, the Harvard Medical School, MIT, NIST, Lawrence-Livermore National Laboratory (USA), the RIKEN Institute (Japan), the Shanghai Institute for Optics and Fine Mechanics (China), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lauzanne (Switzerland), the Fraunhofer Institute/Jena (Germany), the Université de Bordeaux (France) and UNESP (University of Sao-Paulo, Brazil).

Partnerships with industry

Research plays a dominant role in the creation of start-up businesses in optics and photonics. It is also crucial in sustaining the competitiveness of existing companies. The bonds between the COPL and optics and photonics companies in Quebec are solid and often rooted in the relationship that was formed with students who went on to work in industry or who have founded their own company.

Linkages to industry have enabled COPL researchers to keep on top of developing needs and trends, evaluate the relevance of their work and adapt research directions and course content to the cycle of innovation.

In the area of industrial partnerships, the COPL pursues the following objectives:

  • to encourage the establishment of research partnerships
  • to offer technical support based on COPL expertise and state-of-the art facilities
  • to hold regular workshops where COPL members present their expertise and industry representatives, their needs.

Partnerships with foreign universities

The reputation of COPL researchers has spurred the establishment of productive international collaborations that have brought about the co-supervision of graduate students, joint publications, sabbatical interships, participation in thesis evaluation committees, organization of workshops, etc.

Centre d'optique, photonique et laser
2375 rue de la Terrasse, local 2104
Université Laval, Québec, Canada, G1V 0A6