India, Canada eye cooperation in field of lasers

India, Canada eye cooperation in field of lasers

Toronto: India and Canada are exploring possibilities of cooperation in the field of peaceful use of Lasers, associated by many with the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI), popularly known as Star Wars.

Canada has offered India its high-tech facilities where Indian based lasers and semi-conductor innovations could be tested for commercialization of photonic devices having applications in telecommunications, bio-medical diagnostics and space vision systems, Thomas Jackman, Director, Materials Technologies at the Institute of Micro structural Sciences in Canada, said in Ottawa.

Jackman said that top Indian officials of the Ministry of Science and Technology had recently visited the facilities that facilitate the commercialisation of photonic devices by de-risking technology and investment by providing a world-class industrial grade facility.

Sadiq Hasnain, Head of Business Development of the Institute, said the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre has capabilities to bridge the gap from research to commercialization for the photonics based products.

The Centre has expertise in the development and commercialisation of innovative MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) based photonic and Microsystems technologies, he said.

“The Centre was equipped to facilitate innovation in all areas of photonics applications, including the telecommunications, health, energy, environment, defence and security," Hasnain added.