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October 24, 2014
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Photonics at Laurier 

The Photonics program emphasizes optical physics with applications in communication and networks, and practical hands-on exposure to optics, fibre optics and lasers. 

Although photonics could be taught from a purely physics perspective, the interdisciplinary nature of the Department of Physics and Computer Science at Laurier allows us to offer an integrated BSc in Photonics based on core of courses in photonics with an emphasis on applications in communication and networks, physics, and mathematics. Courses in digital electronics, analog electronics and computing are included to provide an introduction to the electronics and software design required for the interfacing, design, and simulation of photonics systems.

Program highlights 

Hands-on experience is pivotal to a student’s understanding of computing, electronics, optics, fibre optics, lasers and communication fundamentals. Photonics courses make extensive use of laboratory components where students apply concepts learned in lectures. With the generous support of corporate sponsors, Laurier is able to offer state-of-the-art undergraduate photonics laboratory facilities.

Courses offered 

First year courses

  • Intro to Differential Calculus
  • Introductory Linear Algebra
  • Data Structures
  • Thermodynamics & Waves
  • Intro to Mathematical Proofs
  • Intro to Programming; Mechanics
  • Digital Electronics

Interesting courses

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Fibre Optics
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Electricity & Magnetism

Admission requirements 

Honours BSc Photonics

4U Requirements IB Requirements Admission Range

English at 60%; 

Advanced Functions at 60%;

Two of Calculus & Vectors, Chemistry or Physics each at 60%*

*Combined minimum average of 70% in 4U Math and Science courses.

HL or SL English at 4; 

HL or Sl Mathematics at 4;

one of HL or SL Physics or Chemistry at 4 

Mid 70s

IB Minimum score: 28


A degree in Photonics can lead to graduate studies in physics, engineering, physics or electrical engineering. 

Faculty experience 

0000Ghose.jpgAccording to the Oxford English Dictionary, chaos is defined as the “behaviour of a system which is governed by deterministic laws but is so unpredictable as to appear random, owing to its extreme sensitivity to changes in parameters or its dependence on a large number of independent variables.” It is this unpredictable behaviour that Dr. Shohini Ghose is interested in, particularly in the strange quantum realm of atoms and photons.

Dr. Ghose considers her research on this subject matter to be one of her greatest accomplishments. She partnered with Dr. Poul Jessen of the University of Arizona and discovered through a first-ever demonstration, a connection between chaos theory and quantum mechanical correlations at the level of individual atoms. This work was published in Nature, the world’s top-ranked journal across all areas of science, and received science media coverage around the world.

Aside from her research pursuits, Dr. Ghose enjoys teaching at Laurier and the close interactions she has with her students. “At Laurier, I can get to know all my students by name,” she says. “I enjoy being part of such a close-knit community of faculty, students and staff, and helping to create a unique learning environment.” 

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