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Putting light to work for Canada

By improving your processes and your quality control or for the development of new products,
photonics could increase your productivity and profitability.

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Photons Canada Supported

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What is CPIC

CPIC, the Canadian Photonic Industry Consortium is a business-led photonics exchange organization embracing the whole value chain from researchers to photonic companies and end-users. Its mandate is to network end-users, photonic industries, universities and institutions with the objective of accelerating the growth of the Canadian industry through photonics.


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Canadian photonics in space on the WildFireSat


The WildFireSat system will consist of one or more satellites equipped with infrared sensors that will measure the energy emitted by wildfires. This energy is referred to as Fire Radiative Power (FRP). With FRP information, essential characteristics of wildfires such as fire intensity and rate of spread can be derived. It will also give us accurate data on carbon emission from wildfires.

Photonics is making News in Space


On April 28,2021 Photonics21 published an article "PHOTONICS HAS LIFT-OFF: FRENCH ASTRONAUT USES FIBRE-OPTIC DOSIMETER TO MEASURE COSMIC RADIATION", this is detailing a breakthrough use of Photonics to measure cosmic radiation aboard of the International Space Station (ISS) the product of a collaboration between Laboratoire Hubert Curien, CERN and iXBlue a sensor company.

Satellite communications bridge the digital divide between urban and remote areas


While those stars are at least trillions of kilometres away, satellites manufactured on Earth can be as close as 400 km. Today, more than 2,500 artificial satellites populate the skies, and within the next 10 years that could grow to 50,000.

Northern lights- Aurora Borealis Photonics in use


This month we will focus on the photonics used in space and space applications.

Canada is the country that can observe the Northern lights that not only offer a unique spectacle for the eye but whose study can bring an important understanding of the phenomenon and its importance in different areas like communication.

Photonics sensors in advanced manufacturing and their benefits


We have shown in previous articles in the past years that Photonics sensors and optical sensors have an essential role in advanced manufacturing.

On May 11, 2021 - CMC Electronics Montréal, has released a press statement of its new Dual Wavelength InGaAs Avalanche Photodiode (APD) Preamplifier Module. It stands out by its "capability to provide the best signal to noise ratio in its class.  Its fast overload recovery also minimizes receiver damage and usage interruption from high laser bursts."




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