The Radio Frequency Laboratory (LRF) is a state-of-the-art facility that fosters innovations in antennas and develops radio frequency (RF) and microwave technologies for the telecommunications industry.
Antenne directive à base de métamatériau. Photo : Christian Fleury
It’s hard to imagine a world without radio waves. The rare frequencies still available are in extremely high demand. There is a pressing need to tap into unused frequencies, which is where the Radio Frequency Laboratory comes in.
Radio waves are used by thousands of devices that require a dedicated frequency so they don’t interfere with one another. In homes, for example, Wi-Fi travels on the 2.4 GHz band, whereas GPS signals are on the 1.575 GHz band.
Very high frequency waves (between 30 MHz and 300 MHz) are very short. They only travel a few dozen metres and the antennas that pick them up are so small, they’re measured in millimetres.
The lab houses a shielded anechoic chamber equipped with a near field measurement system for characterizing 1–40 GHz antennas.
It also has microwave and radiofrequency equipment, multiple workstations, and specialized software used to design and model RF components for wireless communication applications.
Radio Frequency Laboratory
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
800 de la Gauchetière West, Suite 6900
Montreal, Quebec H5A 1K6