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PhD Position in Adaptive Optics

Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL)
Université Laval, Canada

Posted December 17, 2008

The adaptive optics research group at the Centre d’optique, photonique et laser (COPL) at Université Laval in Canada has a PhD position (and scholarship) available.

Located in Quebec City, the COPL is the largest university research centre and leading-edge training facility in optic and photonics in Canada.

Members of the Centre, based at Université Laval, occupy a 7,000 m2 vibration-resistant building with separate building mechanicals. The building features several class-100,000 to class-100 clean rooms. COPL research teams conduct numerous studies in the fields of:

•  guided-wave and fibre optics
•  imaging
•  metrology and optical instrumentation
•  photonic materials
•  optical communications
•  lasers and ultrashort pulses
•  biophotonics

The PhD project concerns the development of a closed-loop control system for the new generation of deformable mirrors developed at the COPL. These new deformable mirrors use a magnetic liquid that is actuated by arrays of small magnetic coils. The project includes:

•  the development of a control technique adapted to magnetic liquid DMs
•  the construction of an closed-loop adaptive optics test bed
•  numerical simulations and software design (Matlab and LabView)

The project is going to be done in collaboration with the School of Optometry of the University of Waterloo (integration of a magnetic liquid deformable mirror in an AOSLO test bed) and a private industrial partner (ELCAN Optical Technologies).
Modeling MEMS and NEMS, Pelesko
If you have top qualifications and are interested in this project, please contact Denis Brousseau at

Denis Brousseau, Ph.D.
Département de physique, de génie physique et d'optique, COPL
Université Laval
2375, rue de la Terrasse, bureau 3145
Québec (Québec) CANADA G1V 0A6
tél: 1 (418) 656-2131, poste 4646



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