The laboratories of Profs. LaRochelle, Shi, and Rusch are located at the Pavilion for Optics and Photonics (POP) that hosts the Center for Optics and Lasers (COPL). COPL is UL-based research center and a Québec funded FRQNT strategic network established to support multi-disciplinary research. Built in 2006, the POP features 5,000 m2 of class 100,000 clean-room laboratory space. The Optical Communications Laboratory, shared by Profs. LaRochelle, Shi and Rusch, includes 13 labs for a total of approximately 376 m2.
The laboratories feature state-of-the-art equipment for optical communications technology that provides the physical backbone for global networking and is widely used in Internet service delivery globally (local, metropolitan and long-haul), within data centres and within cloud computing centres.