Photonics is the science of light; it is the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fibre optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems.
Applications include powering the world with low-cost, environmentally-friendly, high efficiency concentrated solar cells, enabling broadband information access (Internet, telephony, cable) for all, communicating sound, vision and touch over optical networks, and sensing and measuring the world.
For additional information please visit the Centre for Research in Photonics at the University of Ottawa
The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science also conducts research in these additional fields.
- Big Data Management and Analytics
- Bioinformatics and biomedical engineering
- Broadband networks
- Distributed computing and computer architectures
- Electromagnetism, radio-frequencies and microwaves
- Information management and data mining
- Multimedia and interactive virtual environments
- Privacy and security
- Robotics, machine vision and autonomous systems
- Software engineering
- Speech/audio/image/video processing
- Text analysis and machine learning
- Wireless communications
- Wireless networks and mobile computing