Advanced Photonic Components program

As a growing fraction of the world adopts the internet as their primary vehicle for information, entertainment and social interaction, high-speed optical telecommunication equipment manufacturers face relentlessly increasing demands for data traffic. The Advanced Photonic Components (APC) program supports the development of photonic components that are at low- to mid-technology readiness levels and helps to de-risk new optical communication technologies being considered by the telecommunication industry.

As one of a few facilities in the world that can fabricate complex photonic chips at high yield, and as the only source in the world for indium phosphide-based quantum dot technology, the APC program leverages NRC's high-yield optical component design and fabrication capabilities to develop radically improved optical devices that are smaller, faster, more efficient, less power-hungry and more cost-effective. Research and development activities also include photonic integration, lasers, photodetectors and reliability as well as packaging and fabrication process development.


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Collaborate with us on strategic research projects to help de-risk your innovative ideas, reduce your start-up costs and accelerate your commercial development timelines.


We provide advanced photonic component engineering, testing and fabrication services, working with innovative Canadian companies to bring their new photonic technologies from the initial prototype stage through to pre-commercial production runs. If you’re interested in accessing our advanced scientific infrastructure or connecting with our experts, contact:

George Ross, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-949-3717
LinkedIn: George Ross

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Targeted industries

Photonics, telecommunications, optical components.