Projects (Prof. Menard)

The following is a selection of Prof. Menard’s research projects.

OCT Systems

Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a high resolution non-invasive medical imaging technique that allows physicians to observe down to 3 millimetres inside a living tissue. The technique has been adopted rapidly by many specialist, including ophthalmologist and cardiologist, but its wide spread use is limited by the high acquisition cost of OCT systems. To reduce …

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Nonlinear Waveguides

All optical processing of telecommunication signals since it is transparent to modulation format and transmission speed. Furthermore, it enables parallel processing of multiple data streams. However, despite numerous laboratory demonstrations, all-optical processing is not used in commercial solutions. One of the major factors limiting its adoption is that it requires high optical powers to perform …

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Optical Interconnects

Multi-core chips are now common and, as they continue to scale up, processors will become the equivalent of a computer cluster on a single die. Therefore, high-bandwidth and low-latency interconnects will be necessary to fully exploit the processing power of these chips. However, current electrical interconnects cannot be scaled to meet the requirement of future …

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Mechanically Tuned Laser Micro-cavity

The introduction of advanced services in data centers, such as cloud computing and virtualisation, is increasing the transmission speed requirement between users and computing facilities.  One emerging scheme to satisfy this demand is to leverage the wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technologies developed for core transport networks.  However, to implement this type of solution it is …

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Integrated Optical Telecommunication Devices

Our laboratory is collaborating on many initiative aimed at developing novel integrated optical devices that take advantages of the standardize silicon photonic fabrication processes now commercially available. In collaboration with colleagues at McGill University, we are investigating optical filters that tunable in both bandwidth and center wavelength for deployment in gridless telecommunication networks. Research is …

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