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IR and THz Photonics Laboratory

The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory at INRS is used to design and characterize photonic devices operating in the infrared and terahertz spectra. The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment for the design, digital simulation, and optical characterization of infrared and terahertz photonic devices.

The lab studies nanophotonic components, especially metasurfaces, to determine their capacity to adapt radiation-matter interactions by exceeding the normal limits of natural materials.

The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory features:

  • Advanced simulation software (COMSOL Multiphysics® and CST Microwave Studio®) linked to a number of calculation work stations for designing and analyzing photonic devices
  • Femtosecond laser (Pharos-Light Conversion), coupled to infrared pulse generation systems (Orpheus tunable parametric amplifier, equipped with a Lyra – Light Conversion differential frequency generation module) and terahertz pulse generation system (various configurations assembled in-house with different intensities and pulse durations)
  • Equipment for infrared/terahertz frequency-domain spectroscopy (Bruker VERTEX 70 and Blue Sky customized Fourier-transform infrared spectrometer) and terahertz time-domain studies (a number of THz-TDS systems)
  • General optical/optoelectronic component characterization tools

The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory is available to Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre faculty, students, and staff for their research projects, with the lab manager’s authorization.

Lab resources can also be used for external collaborations or research and development contracts. Please contact us for more information.

  • Non-linear optics
  • Nanometric light-matter interactions
  • Detection and spectroscopy
  • Strong coupling physics

The creation of the IR and THz Photonics Laboratory was funded primarily by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies.


Luca Razzari
Scientific leader
Phone: 514-228-6822



IR and THz Photonics Laboratory

Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre
1650 blvd. Lionel-Boulet
Varennes, Quebec  J3X 1P7

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