Infrastructures and laboratories

Institut national de la recherche scientifique – INRS

INRS is composed of four thematic and interdisciplinary research and training centers located in Quebec City, Montreal, Laval and Varennes: Water, Earth and Environment; Energy, Materials and Telecommunications; Urbanization, Culture and Society; Health and Biotechnology.

Founded in 1969 by the Quebec government to contribute to the development of Quebec society through research and graduate training, INRS continues to serve society through its discoveries and the training of a new generation of high-level scientists capable of scientific, social and technological innovation.

Nearly 150 professors welcome to their teams graduate students who contribute to basic and applied research in areas that are strategic for society. INRS has been at the forefront of research activity for nearly a decade thanks to the expertise of its professors and the excellence of its student members. It continues to innovate with more than 1,500 publications reporting on the outcome of international collaborations and partnerships.


Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS)

Unique in Canada and located on the Varennes campus (20 minutes southeast of Montreal) of INRS-ÉMT, the Advanced Laser Light Source (ALLS) is a world-class research facility where users can access a wide variety of intense ultrafast laser sources. This major national laboratory for laser science was funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) International Collaborative Fund program through an investment of $20.95M (100% CFI). With the power lasers of the ALLS laboratory, new ultrafast light sources with revolutionary applications have been developed.

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IR and THz Photonics Laboratory

The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory at INRS is a facility for the design and characterization of photonic devices operating in the infrared and terahertz spectral ranges. The IR and THz Photonics Laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment for the design, digital simulation and optical characterization of infrared and terahertz photonic devices.

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Ultrafast Light Manipulation Laboratory

The Ultrafast Light Manipulation Laboratory is a photonics research infrastructure consisting mainly of laser systems. It enables scientific experiments in disciplines such as quantum optics, metrology, nanophotonics and biophotonics, terahertz (THz) science and, of course, nonlinear optics using free space, fiber and integrated optical components and devices.

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Laboratory of Applied Computational Imaging

The Laboratory of Applied Computational Imaging (LACI) conducts research for the development of new optical imaging techniques and devices for physics and biomedicine.

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