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Biomedical Engineering


The application of light (photonics), and nano- and micro-devices, in health and medicine.

Our department specializes in biophotonics and biosensors. The term biophotonics denotes a combination of biology and photonics. Photonics is the science and technology of the generation, manipulation, and detection of photons, which are the quantum units of light. Biophotonics is the development and application of optical techniques, particularly imaging, to the study of biological molecules, cells and tissue. One of the main benefits of using optical techniques is that they preserve the integrity of the biological cells being examined. Biophotonics has therefore become the established general term for all techniques that deal with the interaction between biological items and photons. This refers to emission, detection, absorption, reflection, modification, and creation of radiation from biomolecules, cells, tissues, organisms and biomaterials. Our faculty are also involved in the development and application of micro- and nano-sensors for the detection of DNA, proteins, viruses, and other biological materials.

Related Faculty

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Prof. Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

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Dr. Leyla Soleymani

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

biosensing, point-of-care diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, DNA detection, health monitoring, nanofabrication, wrinkling, rapid prototyping

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Dr. Chang-qing Xu

Associate Chair, Graduate

bacterial sensors; biomedical lasers for diagnosis and treatment; periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN); PPLN related devices; lasers (solid, fibre, semiconductor); optical sensors and sub-systems; laser applications

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ENG PHYS 2A04Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism
ENG PHYS 2CE4Undergraduate Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 2E04Undergraduate Analog and Digital Circuits
ENG PHYS 2H04Undergraduate Statistical Thermodynamics
ENG PHYS 2NE3Undergraduate Thermal Systems Design
ENG PHYS 2P04Undergraduate Applied Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2QM3Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2W03Undergraduate Applied Statistics for Engineering
ENG PHYS 3BA3Undergraduate Electronics I
ENG PHYS 3BB3Undergraduate Electronics II
ENG PHYS 3E03 / PHYSICS 3N03Undergraduate Fundamentals of Physical Optics
ENG PHYS 3F03Undergraduate Advanced Applications of Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 3G04Undergraduate Photonics Instrumentation IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 3H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 3L04Undergraduate Industrial Monitoring and Detection Techniques
ENG PHYS 3PN4Undergraduate Semiconductor Junction Devices
ENG PHYS 3W04Undergraduate Signals and Systems for Engineering
ENG PHYS 4A06Undergraduate Design and Synthesis Project
ENG PHYS 4ES3Undergraduate Special Topics in Engineering Physics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 4I03 / 6I03Undergraduate / Graduate Introduction to Biophotonics IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 4MD3 / 6MD3Undergraduate / Graduate Advanced Materials and Next-Generation
ENG PHYS 4S03 / 6S03Undergraduate / Graduate Lasers and Electro-Optics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nuclear Labs
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nano- and Micro-devices
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Biomedical
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Photonics
ENG PHYS 4X03 / 6X03Undergraduate / Graduate Introduction to Photovoltaics
Sessional: Boyd
ENG PHYS 4Z03 / 6Z03Undergraduate / Graduate Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 704Graduate OFFERED as Reading Course - Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing
ENG PHYS 733Graduate Research Project in Engineering Physics

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Interdisciplinary Engineering


Customize your program to suit your own interests.

Interdisciplinary area where new and advanced materials, devices and systems are engineered based on a fundamental understanding of physics.

Our faculty and students push the envelope of new technologies. Research in the Engineering Physics Department emphasizes new engineering disciplines that have emerged in recent years. In these high technology areas the link between basic science and engineering application is particularly important. Research activities stress the fundamental physics that relates to the new technologies, as well as its application to practical engineering problems. 

Through strong ties to industry, government, and other centres of excellence, our researchers work with others around the world to create knowledge and find engineering solutions to many of society’s problems and challenges.

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Jonathan-photo

Dr. Jonathan Bradley

Assistant Professor and Barber-Gennum Chair in IT

silicon photonics, integrated optics, lasers, photonic materials, optical communications, sensors, microphotonic systems

Adriaan-photo

Dr. Adriaan Buijs

Professor

reactor core physics, reactor modelling, reactor design, Monte Carlo methods, data analysis

Qiyin-photo

Prof. Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

Harold-photo

Dr. Harold Haugen

Professor

Femtosecond Laser Ablation and Micromachining, Electron Microscopic Studies of Ytterbium-Doped Optical Fibres, Applications of THz Radiation

Adrian-photo

Dr. Adrian Kitai

Professor

fundamental luminescent materials, new luminescent devices, new avalanche injection devices, optical fibre liquid crystal display technology

Rafael-photo

Dr. Rafael Kleiman

Associate Chair, Undergraduate

solar energy: photovoltaics and solar thermal, concentrator photovoltaics, solar testing and instrumentation, solar materials; silicon, III-V, hyperspectral imaging, device modelling, advanced light trapping, device fabrication

Andy-photo

Dr. Andy Knights

Director, CEDT

silicon optical circuits; silicon integrated optics

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Dr. Ray LaPierre

Department Chair

solar cells (photovoltaics), photodetectors, quantum information processing (quantum computers)

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Dr. Ryan Lewis

Assistant Professor

Self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, III-V semiconductors, III-V on Si, optoelectronic materials and devices

John-photo

Dr. John Luxat

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair

Nuclear Safety Analysis Methodology, Experimental Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics, Theoretical Modelling Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics

Peter-photo

Dr. Peter Mascher

Professor

Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; Point Defects in Materials; Thin Film Technology; Silicon Nanostructures; Silicon Photonics; Luminescence; Rare Earth Doping; PECVD; Optical Characterization; Ellipsometry

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Dr. Matthew Minnick

Assistant Professor

MEMS; Robotics; Micromachining; Resonance; Fluid-Structure Interactions; FEM; Automation

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Dr. Shinya Nagasaki

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management

radioactive waste management, nuclear fuel cycle, safety assessment of repository and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, migration of actinides, fission products and heavy metals in geosphere and biosphere, nuclear technology in society, nuclear proliferation and security

Dave-photo

Dr. Dave Novog

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair

nuclear safety, reactor physics, thermalhydraulics, multiphysics reactor analysis, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, severe accident modelling, emergency accident response and mitigation

John-photo

Dr. John Preston

Professor

Pulsed Laser Deposition, Self-Assembly of Epitaxial Nanostructures, Photovoltaics

Leyla-photo

Dr. Leyla Soleymani

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

biosensing, point-of-care diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, DNA detection, health monitoring, nanofabrication, wrinkling, rapid prototyping

Ayse-photo

Dr. Ayse Turak

Associate Professor

degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

Chang-qing-photo

Dr. Chang-qing Xu

Associate Chair, Graduate

bacterial sensors; biomedical lasers for diagnosis and treatment; periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN); PPLN related devices; lasers (solid, fibre, semiconductor); optical sensors and sub-systems; laser applications

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Code Title Instructor Outline Info
A brief summary of EngPhys tech elecsTechnical Elective Technical Electives Technical Elective List 1
ENG PHYS 2A04Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism
ENG PHYS 2CE4Undergraduate Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 2E04Undergraduate Analog and Digital Circuits
ENG PHYS 2H04Undergraduate Statistical Thermodynamics
ENG PHYS 2NE3Undergraduate Thermal Systems Design
ENG PHYS 2P04Undergraduate Applied Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2QM3Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2W03Undergraduate Applied Statistics for Engineering
ENG PHYS 3BA3Undergraduate Electronics I
ENG PHYS 3BB3Undergraduate Electronics II
ENG PHYS 3E03 / PHYSICS 3N03Undergraduate Fundamentals of Physical Optics
ENG PHYS 3ES3Undergraduate Introduction to Energy Systems
ENG PHYS 3F03Undergraduate Advanced Applications of Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 3H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 3L04Undergraduate Industrial Monitoring and Detection Techniques
ENG PHYS 3PN4Undergraduate Semiconductor Junction Devices
ENG PHYS 3W04Undergraduate Signals and Systems for Engineering
ENG PHYS 4A06Undergraduate Design and Synthesis Project
ENG PHYS 4ES3Undergraduate Special Topics in Engineering Physics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 4MD3 / 6MD3Undergraduate / Graduate Advanced Materials and Next-Generation
ENG PHYS 4PP3Undergraduate Plasma Physics Applications
ENG PHYS 4S03 / 6S03Undergraduate / Graduate Lasers and Electro-Optics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nano- and Micro-devices
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Biomedical
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Photonics
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nuclear Labs
ENG PHYS 704Graduate OFFERED as Reading Course - Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing
ENG PHYS 733Graduate Research Project in Engineering Physics

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Nanotechnology and Micro-Systems Engineering Logo

Nanotechnology and Micro-Systems Engineering


Nanotechnology and micro-systems are the technological core of the current computer and communications revolution.

Devices that are constructed on the nanometer or micrometer scale are the technological backbone of modern society. Since the invention of the transistor in 1947 and the introduction of the integrated circuit in the early 1960’s, device components have continuously decreased in size and cost at an exponential rate, while increasing in speed and capabilities. The invention of fibre optic communications, essential for the internet, also relies on the development of optoelectronics, which is the study and application of electronic devices that generate, detect and control light. More recently, the fabrication techniques developed for the integrated circuit industry have also been extended to micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) which create tiny moving mechanical parts such as beams, gears, diaphragms, and springs that are used in inkjet-printers, accelerometers, inertial sensors, micro-mirrors, optical scanners, fluid pumps, and sensors. Novel micro-fluidic devices are also being developed for integration with lab-on-a-chip systems for biomedical and health care applications. The department is also developing nanotechnology to grow integrated circuits and systems directly on a chip.

Related Faculty

Jonathan-photo

Dr. Jonathan Bradley

Assistant Professor and Barber-Gennum Chair in IT

silicon photonics, integrated optics, lasers, photonic materials, optical communications, sensors, microphotonic systems

Qiyin-photo

Prof. Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

Harold-photo

Dr. Harold Haugen

Professor

Femtosecond Laser Ablation and Micromachining, Electron Microscopic Studies of Ytterbium-Doped Optical Fibres, Applications of THz Radiation

Adrian-photo

Dr. Adrian Kitai

Professor

fundamental luminescent materials, new luminescent devices, new avalanche injection devices, optical fibre liquid crystal display technology

Rafael-photo

Dr. Rafael Kleiman

Associate Chair, Undergraduate

solar energy: photovoltaics and solar thermal, concentrator photovoltaics, solar testing and instrumentation, solar materials; silicon, III-V, hyperspectral imaging, device modelling, advanced light trapping, device fabrication

Ray-photo

Dr. Ray LaPierre

Department Chair

solar cells (photovoltaics), photodetectors, quantum information processing (quantum computers)

Ryan-photo

Dr. Ryan Lewis

Assistant Professor

Self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, III-V semiconductors, III-V on Si, optoelectronic materials and devices

Peter-photo

Dr. Peter Mascher

Professor

Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; Point Defects in Materials; Thin Film Technology; Silicon Nanostructures; Silicon Photonics; Luminescence; Rare Earth Doping; PECVD; Optical Characterization; Ellipsometry

Matthew -photo

Dr. Matthew Minnick

Assistant Professor

MEMS; Robotics; Micromachining; Resonance; Fluid-Structure Interactions; FEM; Automation

John-photo

Dr. John Preston

Professor

Pulsed Laser Deposition, Self-Assembly of Epitaxial Nanostructures, Photovoltaics

Leyla-photo

Dr. Leyla Soleymani

Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Miniaturized Biomedical Devices

biosensing, point-of-care diagnostics, lab-on-a-chip, DNA detection, health monitoring, nanofabrication, wrinkling, rapid prototyping

Ayse-photo

Dr. Ayse Turak

Associate Professor

degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

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Code Title Instructor Outline Info
A brief summary of EngPhys tech elecsTechnical Elective Technical Electives Technical Elective List 1
ENG PHYS 2A04Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism
ENG PHYS 2CE4Undergraduate Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 2E04Undergraduate Analog and Digital Circuits
ENG PHYS 2H04Undergraduate Statistical Thermodynamics
ENG PHYS 2NE3Undergraduate Thermal Systems Design
ENG PHYS 2P04Undergraduate Applied Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2QM3Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2W03Undergraduate Applied Statistics for Engineering
ENG PHYS 3BA3Undergraduate Electronics I
ENG PHYS 3BB3Undergraduate Electronics II
ENG PHYS 3E03 / PHYSICS 3N03Undergraduate Fundamentals of Physical Optics
ENG PHYS 3F03Undergraduate Advanced Applications of Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 3H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 3L04Undergraduate Industrial Monitoring and Detection Techniques
ENG PHYS 3PN4Undergraduate Semiconductor Junction Devices
ENG PHYS 3W04Undergraduate Signals and Systems for Engineering
ENG PHYS 4A06Undergraduate Design and Synthesis Project
ENG PHYS 4ES3Undergraduate Special Topics in Engineering Physics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 4MD3 / 6MD3Undergraduate / Graduate Advanced Materials and Next-Generation
ENG PHYS 4S03 / 6S03Undergraduate / Graduate Lasers and Electro-Optics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nuclear Labs
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nano- and Micro-devices
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Biomedical
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Photonics
ENG PHYS 4X03 / 6X03Undergraduate / Graduate Introduction to Photovoltaics
Sessional: Boyd
ENG PHYS 4Z03 / 6Z03Undergraduate / Graduate Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 704Graduate OFFERED as Reading Course - Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing
ENG PHYS 705Graduate III-V Materials and Devices
ENG PHYS 708Graduate NOT OFFERED-Quantum Materials, Devices, and Systems
ENG PHYS 719 / MECH ENG 719Graduate NOT OFFERED - MEMS Devices: Design, Fabrication, and Applications
ENG PHYS 720Graduate NOT OFFERED - Advanced Modeling of Semiconductor Device Fabrication
ENG PHYS 723Graduate NOT OFFERED -Semiconductor Diode Laser Physics
ENG PHYS 726Graduate Optoelectronic Device Physics
ENG PHYS 729Graduate NOT OFFERED - Thin Film Growth and Deposition
ENG PHYS 730Graduate NOT OFFERED - Thin Film Characterization
ENG PHYS 733Graduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 752 / MECH ENG 752Graduate Advanced MEMS Fabrication and Microfluidics
ENG PHYS 777Graduate NOT OFFERED -Advanced Photovoltaics
ENG PHYS 782Graduate Solid-State Electronics

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Nuclear Engineering and Energy Systems


Inexhaustible energy can be created by harvesting sunlight or nuclear processes.

The sun and stars are powered by nuclear fusion, a process whereby heavier elements are combined to form lighter ones, releasing energy. On earth, nuclear processes are controlled in reactors where nuclear energy is released and converted to electricity for human use. In nuclear engineering, we apply scientific principles, engineering design and analysis, and computer modeling and simulation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Situated on campus is the university’s very own nuclear research reactor, with a long and proud tradition, providing many exciting and unique research opportunities in the areas of reactor physics, nuclear safety analysis, advanced nuclear materials, and nuclear fuel and waste management.

We also conduct extensive research in photovoltaics (solar electricity) in which semiconductor devices are used to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The efficiency by which sunlight can be converted to electricity is approaching 50%, but only by using expensive materials and processes. We are exploring alternative methods of producing high efficiency and low cost solar electricity using nanotechnology and micro-systems engineering.    

Related Faculty

Adriaan-photo

Dr. Adriaan Buijs

Professor

reactor core physics, reactor modelling, reactor design, Monte Carlo methods, data analysis

John-photo

Dr. John Luxat

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair

Nuclear Safety Analysis Methodology, Experimental Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics, Theoretical Modelling Studies in Nuclear Safety Thermalhydraulics

Shinya-photo

Dr. Shinya Nagasaki

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste Management

radioactive waste management, nuclear fuel cycle, safety assessment of repository and nuclear fuel cycle facilities, migration of actinides, fission products and heavy metals in geosphere and biosphere, nuclear technology in society, nuclear proliferation and security

Dave-photo

Dr. Dave Novog

Professor and NSERC Industrial Research Chair

nuclear safety, reactor physics, thermalhydraulics, multiphysics reactor analysis, nuclear fuel and fuel cycles, severe accident modelling, emergency accident response and mitigation

Ray-photo

Dr. Ray LaPierre

Department Chair

solar cells (photovoltaics), photodetectors, quantum information processing (quantum computers)

Ayse-photo

Dr. Ayse Turak

Associate Professor

degradation at interfaces in organic electronics; classification of spatial order for 2D objects; modelling and tailoring of organic thin film morphology; nanoparticle synthesis; photovoltaics; surface and interface physics

Rafael-photo

Dr. Rafael Kleiman

Associate Chair, Undergraduate

solar energy: photovoltaics and solar thermal, concentrator photovoltaics, solar testing and instrumentation, solar materials; silicon, III-V, hyperspectral imaging, device modelling, advanced light trapping, device fabrication

View our Faculty Listing

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Code Title Instructor Outline Info
A brief summary of EngPhys tech elecsTechnical Elective Technical Electives Technical Elective List 1
ENG PHYS 2A04Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism
ENG PHYS 2CE4Undergraduate Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 2E04Undergraduate Analog and Digital Circuits
ENG PHYS 2H04Undergraduate Statistical Thermodynamics
ENG PHYS 2NE3Undergraduate Thermal Systems Design
ENG PHYS 2P04Undergraduate Applied Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2QM3Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2W03Undergraduate Applied Statistics for Engineering
ENG PHYS 3D03Undergraduate Principles of Nuclear Engineering
ENG PHYS 3ES3Undergraduate Introduction to Energy Systems
ENG PHYS 3F03Undergraduate Advanced Applications of Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 3H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 3L04Undergraduate Industrial Monitoring and Detection Techniques
ENG PHYS 3O04Undergraduate Introduction to Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer
ENG PHYS 3W04Undergraduate Signals and Systems for Engineering
ENG PHYS 4A06Undergraduate Design and Synthesis Project
ENG PHYS 4D03 / 6D03Undergraduate / Graduate Nuclear Reactor Analysis
Sessional: Rouben
ENG PHYS 4ES3Undergraduate Special Topics in Engineering Physics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 4NE3 / 6NE3Undergraduate / Graduate Advanced Nuclear Engineering
ENG PHYS 4P03 / 6P03Undergraduate / Graduate Nuclear Power Plant Systems and Operation
Sessional: Rouben
ENG PHYS 4PP3Undergraduate Plasma Physics Applications
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nano- and Micro-devices
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Biomedical
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Photonics
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nuclear Labs
ENG PHYS 704Graduate OFFERED as Reading Course - Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing
ENG PHYS 706Graduate NOT OFFERED -Toward a New Era of Nuclear Energy: Messages from Fukushima
ENG PHYS 707Graduate NOT OFFERED -Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radioactive Waste
ENG PHYS 710Graduate NOT OFFERED-Nuclear Reactor Dynamics and Control
ENG PHYS 713Graduate Nuclear Safety Analysis and Reactor Accidents
ENG PHYS 714Graduate NOT OFFERED - Nuclear Reactor Safety Design
ENG PHYS 715Graduate NOT OFFERED - Advanced Nuclear Reactor Thermalhydraulics
ENG PHYS 716Graduate Nuclear Reactor Heat Transport System Design
ENG PHYS 718Graduate NOT OFFERED - Reactor Heat Transport System Simulation and Analysis
ENG PHYS 727Graduate NOT OFFERED - Advanced Reactor Physics and Analysis
ENG PHYS 733Graduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 783Graduate NOT OFFERED - Nuclear Fuel Engineering
ENG PHYS 784Graduate Nuclear Fuel Management
Sessional: Rouben

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Photonics Engineering


The branch of science & engineering that involves the generation, control, & detection of light to provide useful applications for society.

From manufacturing to medicine, the applications of light are everywhere. Photons are the quantum mechanical unit of light. They play a central role in many technologies. In the past two decades, photonics engineering experienced explosive growth in fibre optic communications, where light is used to transfer information over great distances. This formed the basis of the internet. The application of light also extends to many other industries such as medicine, displays, and sensors.

Photonics is also beginning to play a bigger role in clean, renewable electrical energy generation through solar and thermal photovoltaics (solar electricity). Our research encompasses a wide spectrum of projects involving light sources, lasers and light emitting diodes, photodetectors, sensors, photovoltaics, and optical displays. We are also conducting research in biophotonics, a fast emerging field in which light is used for applications in medicine, biomedical engineering, life sciences, agriculture, and environmental science. 

Related Faculty

Jonathan-photo

Dr. Jonathan Bradley

Assistant Professor and Barber-Gennum Chair in IT

silicon photonics, integrated optics, lasers, photonic materials, optical communications, sensors, microphotonic systems

Qiyin-photo

Prof. Qiyin Fang

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Biophotonics

biophotonics, microscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy & imaging, intelligent sensing for point-of-care, aging-in-place, & environmental monitoring

Harold-photo

Dr. Harold Haugen

Professor

Femtosecond Laser Ablation and Micromachining, Electron Microscopic Studies of Ytterbium-Doped Optical Fibres, Applications of THz Radiation

Adrian-photo

Dr. Adrian Kitai

Professor

fundamental luminescent materials, new luminescent devices, new avalanche injection devices, optical fibre liquid crystal display technology

Rafael-photo

Dr. Rafael Kleiman

Associate Chair, Undergraduate

solar energy: photovoltaics and solar thermal, concentrator photovoltaics, solar testing and instrumentation, solar materials; silicon, III-V, hyperspectral imaging, device modelling, advanced light trapping, device fabrication

Andy-photo

Dr. Andy Knights

Director, CEDT

silicon optical circuits; silicon integrated optics

Ray-photo

Dr. Ray LaPierre

Department Chair

solar cells (photovoltaics), photodetectors, quantum information processing (quantum computers)

Ryan-photo

Dr. Ryan Lewis

Assistant Professor

Self-assembly of semiconductor nanostructures, molecular beam epitaxy, III-V semiconductors, III-V on Si, optoelectronic materials and devices

Peter-photo

Dr. Peter Mascher

Professor

Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy; Point Defects in Materials; Thin Film Technology; Silicon Nanostructures; Silicon Photonics; Luminescence; Rare Earth Doping; PECVD; Optical Characterization; Ellipsometry

John-photo

Dr. John Preston

Professor

Pulsed Laser Deposition, Self-Assembly of Epitaxial Nanostructures, Photovoltaics

Chang-qing-photo

Dr. Chang-qing Xu

Associate Chair, Graduate

bacterial sensors; biomedical lasers for diagnosis and treatment; periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN); PPLN related devices; lasers (solid, fibre, semiconductor); optical sensors and sub-systems; laser applications

View our Faculty Listing

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Code Title Instructor Outline Info
A brief summary of EngPhys tech elecsTechnical Elective Technical Electives Technical Elective List 1
ENG PHYS 2A04Undergraduate Electricity and Magnetism
ENG PHYS 2CE4Undergraduate Computational Methods for Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 2E04Undergraduate Analog and Digital Circuits
ENG PHYS 2H04Undergraduate Statistical Thermodynamics
ENG PHYS 2NE3Undergraduate Thermal Systems Design
ENG PHYS 2P04Undergraduate Applied Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2QM3Undergraduate Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 2W03Undergraduate Applied Statistics for Engineering
ENG PHYS 3BA3Undergraduate Electronics I
ENG PHYS 3BB3Undergraduate Electronics II
ENG PHYS 3E03 / PHYSICS 3N03Undergraduate Fundamentals of Physical Optics
ENG PHYS 3ES3Undergraduate Introduction to Energy Systems
ENG PHYS 3F03Undergraduate Advanced Applications of Quantum Mechanics
ENG PHYS 3G04Undergraduate Photonics Instrumentation IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 3H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 3L04Undergraduate Industrial Monitoring and Detection Techniques
ENG PHYS 3PN4Undergraduate Semiconductor Junction Devices
ENG PHYS 3W04Undergraduate Signals and Systems for Engineering
ENG PHYS 4A06Undergraduate Design and Synthesis Project
ENG PHYS 4ES3Undergraduate Special Topics in Engineering Physics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4H04Undergraduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 4I03 / 6I03Undergraduate / Graduate Introduction to Biophotonics IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 4MD3 / 6MD3Undergraduate / Graduate Advanced Materials and Next-Generation
ENG PHYS 4S03 / 6S03Undergraduate / Graduate Lasers and Electro-Optics
XuXu
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nano- and Micro-devices
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Biomedical
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Photonics
ENG PHYS 4U02Undergraduate Modern and Applied Physics Laboratory - Nuclear Labs
ENG PHYS 4X03 / 6X03Undergraduate / Graduate Introduction to Photovoltaics
Sessional: Boyd
ENG PHYS 4Z03 / 6Z03Undergraduate / Graduate Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology IBEHS Technical Electives
ENG PHYS 704Graduate OFFERED as Reading Course - Advanced Solar Cell Manufacturing
ENG PHYS 705Graduate III-V Materials and Devices
ENG PHYS 720Graduate NOT OFFERED - Advanced Modeling of Semiconductor Device Fabrication
ENG PHYS 721Graduate Lasers and Laser Physics I
ENG PHYS 723Graduate NOT OFFERED -Semiconductor Diode Laser Physics
ENG PHYS 726Graduate Optoelectronic Device Physics
ENG PHYS 728Graduate NOT OFFERED - Luminescence and Point Defects in Solids
ENG PHYS 729Graduate NOT OFFERED - Thin Film Growth and Deposition
ENG PHYS 730Graduate NOT OFFERED - Thin Film Characterization
ENG PHYS 733Graduate Research Project in Engineering Physics
ENG PHYS 734Graduate NOT OFFERED - Nonlinear Optics
ENG PHYS 777Graduate NOT OFFERED -Advanced Photovoltaics
ENG PHYS 782Graduate Solid-State Electronics

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Smart Systems


Smart systems integrate various sensors and actuators to analyze and control a process.

Smart Systems

 

            Smart systems integrate various sensors and actuators to analyze and control a process. Smart systems cover a wide range of technologies, ranging from nano- and micro-device engineering to nuclear power systems to health care devices. Nuclear power reactors, such as McMaster’s nuclear reactor, employ smart systems that measure and provide feedback for proper control of the reactor. In Engineering Physics, we are developing a “Smart Home” that seeks to integrate various home sensors to provide safer living for elderly persons. Engineering Physicists are seeking to integrate various electronic devices, making them faster and cheaper, but also giving them new functionalities.

            Nano- and micro-device engineering seeks to miniaturize and integrate electronic components to make unique digital devices.  This has enabled computer processor speeds to increase from a few MHz decades ago to several GHz today, and to shrink cell phones from the size of bricks to practical hand-held devices.  These are just two examples of how nano- and micro-device engineering has revolutionized the world and will continue to do so.  Engineering Physicists are involved in the design and fabrication of next generation devices in this exciting and fast-paced field. Smart systems seek to integrate diverse electronic and optoelectronic devices, such as electronic circuits, photodetectors, sensors, light modulators, and lasers into a single integrated system.

            Micro-electro-mechanical systems, known as MEMS, are tiny moving machines usually made from the element silicon. MEMS can include tiny vibrating structures that may be used to generate and detect electromagnetic waves, used to produce radio frequency identification tags for tracking packages or parts in a manufacturing line. Engineering Physicists are developing MEMS devices as sensitive detectors used in medicine and biology (e.g., to detect viruses). MEMS devices can be used to create tiny fluid pumps to mix small volumes of chemicals.  This could be used in the pharmaceutical industry in drug testing, or by a physician to test for diseases. MEMS are used to move tiny mirrors used in digital micro-mirror devices (DMD) such as projection displays.  Finally, MEMS are used in optical communications to produce tiny moving mirrors that control where light goes. Smart systems seek to integrate these diverse functions into a single chip for sensing and actuating.

            Mechatronics refers to the control and feedback mechanisms used in manufacturing processes.  For example, in the manufacture of a substance, you might want to measure the pressure in a reaction chamber and use that pressure to open or close a valve to keep the pressure constant.  Mechatronics involves instrumentation, data acquisition and processing, actuators, motors and motion controllers, electronics, robotics, etc. – basically, anything that can be used to measure and control a process.  Smart systems seek to cost effectively integrate these diverse functions into a single system. Companies hiring product or process engineers will be interested in Engineering Physicists with some knowledge in mechatronics.  If you’ve read this far, you’ll realize that Engineering Physicists design and fabricate components and systems used in mechatronics such as MEMS and electronic devices.  In Engineering Physics at McMaster, you will be involved in a number of hands-on mechatronics projects such as our 4A06 Project that will prepare you for this important field.

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