Micro-NanoPhotonics Laboratory

Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Optical characterization of micro and nano-scale systems, in particular silicon-based devices, for applications in telecommuncations, bio-sensing, sustainable and renewable energy.

Areas of expertise

The Micro/NanoPhotonics Laboratory enables research on most advanced optoelectronic technologies on the micro/nano-scale. The characterization and simulation system supports the design, prototyping, and testing of devices for a broad range of applications in telecommunication, sensing, and solar cell technologies.

Research services

Photonics, nano-scale testing, device simulations

Sectors of application
  • Clean technology
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
OVA 5000 parameter analyzer

Includes measurements of IL, RL, GD, CD, PMD, PDL, 2nd order PMD, time domain impulse response and linear transfer function for devices up to 150 meters in optical length in transmission and 75 meters in reflection.


• C+L Band (1525 -1610nm)

• Desktop analysis software

• Polarization analysis software

Software modelling packagesLumerical, RSoft, COMSOL, FIMMWAVE
Tunable Laser Source (Model 4200)

Coverage from 1260 to 1680 nm, with special wavelengths at 840 and 980.Standard sweep rates to 100nm/sec.

> 50-65 dB STSE for characterizing deep well

Devices options include built-in polarization control, attenuation, power monitoring, wavelength measurement to 1 pm with mode-hop detection and correction

MPS 150 (150mm Manual Probe System)

Supports applications such as C-V/I-V, RF, mm-Wave and sub-THz measurements, device and wafer characterization

tests (DWC), failure analysis (FA), submicron probing, MEMS, optoelectronic engineering tests and more


  • National Research Council (NRC)
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI)