Microphotonics Laboratory

Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, Québec
What the facility does

Optical microsystem design, simulation, manufacturing, characterization and applications.

Areas of expertise

Optical characterization (500 nm to 2 μm spectrometry), mechanical characterization (modal warping, surface roughness) and electrical characterization.

Research services

Environmental optical profilometry, laser vibrometry, environmental rotary table for accelerometer and gyroscope characterization, CO2 laser glass remelting

Sectors of application
  • Aerospace and satellites
  • Agriculture, animal science and food
  • Automotive
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Consumer durables
  • Consumer non-durables
  • Defence and security industries
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing
  • Mining, minerals and metals
  • Ocean industries



White light interferometer (Fogale Photomap 3D) with sub-nanometer vertical resolution, including dynamic (100 Hz to 2 MHz) and environmental (10 to 1 millibar; -30ºC to +100ºC) features

No-contact topographical and roughness measuring

Supercontinuum source (Leukos SM-20); 400 to 2,200 nm; >10 microW/nm


Spectrometer (Acton Research Corporation SpectraPro-2750)


InGaAs IR camera (VDS Vosskühler NIR-610PGE)


Broadband source (Newport BBS-430); 1,520 to 1,620 nm; 13 dBm


Optical spectrum analyser (Agilent 86140A)


Optical fibre fusion splicer (Fitel S182A)


Tunable laser (Agilent 81600B # 200); 1,440 to 1,640 nm


High sensitivity power sensor (Agilent 81634B); 110 dBm to +10 dBm


Dispersion analyser (Agilent 86038B)


Rotary table (Ideal Aerosmith 1291BL)

Accelerometer and gyroscope characterization (with environmental chamber)

Laser scanning vibrometer (Polytec MSA-500-PM2-20-D)

Modal dynamic mechanical characterization

  • Meglab
  • Huawei
  • Teledyne Dalsa
  • Nanometrix
  • MPB Communications
  • Canadian Space Agency
  • Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont