Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory (MWPLab) was established in 2002 by Professor Jianping Yao with funding from Canada Fundation for Innovation and Ontario Innovation Trust.
Microwave photonics is an inter-disciplinary
field that studies the interaction between microwave and optical
signals for applications such as telecommunications, radar, sensors
and instrumentation. These applications are calling for ever-increasing
speed, bandwidth and dynamic range. The applications also require small
size, light weight, large tunability, and low power consumption. Digital
electronics is the most widely used approach nowadays for these applications.
However, its speed is normally less than several gigahertzes, limited by the
electronic sampling rate. The unique capabilities offered by modern
photonics for processing ultra wideband, high-frequency signals
make it a promising alternative for wideband microwave applications.
In addition to the funding from Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), the laboratory also received funding from National Capital Instituite of Telecommunications (NCIT), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canadian Institute for Photonic Innovations (CIPI), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Bell Canada.