Future innovations to glass or plastic fibres are certain to enhance and accelerate the transfer of information; improve the precision of medical instruments that perform advanced, minimally invasive imaging, diagnostics and surgery; and increase the sensitivity and accuracy of remote sensing technologies that probe for crucial information under various environmental conditions.
In his Université Laval laboratory, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Photonic Innovations Younès Messaddeq and his team are doing research on glass and optical fibres that will have immediate industrial applications in areas such as the biomedical field, national security and defence.
Messaddeq is also collaborating with his colleagues at Laval's Centre d'optique, photonique et laser to develop of new fibre lasers for conventional and aesthetic dentistry. With his industry partners, he is helping advancing work on special fibre sensors based on infrared materials—an area of considerable interest to the environment and petroleum industries. His work with the Institut national d'optique will also lead to new technologies for monitoring nutrients in agriculture.
Messaddeq's work at Laval is making a lasting contribution to future generations of scientists and has spurred the creation of Canada's first institute for research and training in glass materials.