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Simon Thibault

Simon Thibault

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics
Université Laval

Chair Title

NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Optical Design

Chair Program

Industrial Research Chairs Program


Associate Chairholder since 2008


Optics and photonics play a critical role in today's world. The success of an optical instrument depends largely on the use of innovative optical concepts. Given the increasingly complex development environment in biophotonics, surveillance and security and astronomy, a research chair for the modelling, design and analysis of optical systems provides invaluable support in the area of optical design so as to maximize the benefits to Canada's optical industry and its researchers. This support for our partners consists of training optical designers and developing new methods of optical system design and characterization. To date, our partners have relied more on technology transfer and optical designers that allow them to become more globally competitive.

The scientific program for the chair's second mandate will continue to include research activities addressing modern issues in design and optical engineering. We will focus on implementation of original optical design techniques, new imaging concepts, innovative test configurations and new approaches to assembly.

The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Optical Design actively supports a world-class infrastructure for optical training. This unique training is made possible through the contribution of partners who provide research and development challenges. The participation, involvement and commitment of the industry helps create an environment conducive for innovation and progress within the research group.

The chairholder, Simon Thibault, is an assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at Université Laval, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in physics and engineering physics. He sits on several international conference program committees, has authored over 100 scientific papers and holds some 10 patents.


  • ImmerVision
  • Phoster Industries
  • Xoes Imagerie
  • Lumca inc.
  • Gentec EO
  • Hedzopt Inc.

Contact Information

Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics
Université Laval
Pavillon Alexandre Vachon, Office 1600,
1045 Avenue de la Médecine
Québec, Québec
G1V 0A6

Tel.: 418-656-2131, ext. 12766
Fax: 418-656-2623

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