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Research interests

Design, fabrication and characterization of optical micro and nano systems. Optical MicroElectro Mechanical Systems (OMEMS) are multidisciplinary by essence. Their optical, electrostatic, mechanical design is based on analytical studies and numerical simulations. The fabrication is based on micro and nano machining of silicon, using thin film layer deposition as well as dry (plasma) and wet etching. Nanofabrication of photonic crystals coupled with mobile MEMS devices, open the path to novel tunable nanophotonic devices. Applications of MEMS and NEMS are numerous: pressure sensors, accelerometers, inkjet printer heads, projection displays, astronomical telescopes (adaptive mirrors) as well as optical telecommunication and biology.

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1901 Biomedical technology
  • 2107 Modelling, simulation and finite element methods
  • 2505 Photonic devices and networks
  • 2518 Instrumentation and measurements
  • 2523 Semiconductor fabrication and packaging
  • 3110 Optics (see also photon devices 2505)
  • 3111 Lasers
  • 3112 Photonics
  • 3303 Surfaces, interfaces and thin films

Publications

Recent publications
Journal article
Lemieux-Leduc, C., Guertin, R., Bianki, M.-A. & Peter, Y.-A. (2021). All-polymer whispering gallery mode resonators for gas sensing. Optics Express, 29(6), 8685-8697. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1364/oe.417703
Journal article
Guertin, R., Bianki, M.-A., Lemieux-Leduc, C. & Peter, Y.-A. (2021). Multi-gas detection using Fabry-Perot interferometers on silicon chip. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 335, 5 pages. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2021.129655
Conference paper
Bianki, M.-A., Lemieux-Leduc, C., Guertin, R. & Peter, Y.-A. (2020). Vertically Coupled Wedge Disks for a Coupled-Resonator Optical Waveguide. Paper presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC 2020), Vancouver, BC, Canada (2 pages). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1109/IPC47351.2020.9252406
Conference paper
Zhang, K., Alamgir, I., Peter, Y.-A. & Rochette, M. (2019). Multimode Interference Tunable Filter in Chalcogenide Fiber. Paper presented at the IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC 2019), San Antonio, TX, United states (2 pages). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1109/IPCon.2019.8908458

Biography

Yves-Alain Peter received the M.Sc. degree in physics and the Dr.Sc. degree from the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, in 1994 and 2001, respectively. In 1995, he joined the Department of Medical Radiobiology as a Research Associate at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. From 1995 to 2001, he was a Graduate Research Assistant with the Applied Optics Group, Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchâtel. From 2001 to 2003, he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Microphotonics Group, Stanford University. From 2003 to 2004, he was a Research and Development Engineer and a Project Leader with the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, Switzerland. In 2004, he joined Polytechnique Montréal, Canada, where he is now Professor of Engineering Physics. His current research interests include microphotonics and micro-opto-electro-mechanical systems.

Teaching

Yves-Alain Peter, Dr. ès Sc., is Associate Professor in the department of Engineering Physics at École Polytechnique de Montréal since June 2004. He created the course PHS8311 Microsystems (2005). He participated to the conception of the course PHS1901 Introduction to Engineering Physics (2005) and established new laboratories for the course PHS8310 Microfabrication (2006).

Supervision at Polytechnique

IN PROGRESS

  • Post-doctoral fellowship (1)

    • Leblanc-Hotte, Antoine .
  • Ph.D. (4)

    • Bahgat, Ahmed.
    • Guertin, Régis.
    • Bianki, Marc-Antoine .
    • Lemieux-Leduc, Cédric .
  • Professionnal master (2)

    • Chevalier-St-Jean, Yan.
    • Lacasse, Thomas .

COMPLETED

  • Ph.D. Thesis (5)

    • Leblanc-Hotte, A. (2019). On-Chip Fabry-Pérot Microcavity for Refractive Index Cytometry and Deformability Characterization of Single Cells (Ph.D. Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3828/
    • Ghali, H. (2016). Optical Microcavities for Real-Time Detection of Bacteria (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2267/
    • Vanier, F. (2015). Nonlinear Optics in Chalcogenide and Tellurite Microspheres for the Generation of Mid-Infrared Frequencies (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2021/
    • Zandi, K. (2013). Integrated Microphotonic-MEMS Inertial Sensors (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1113
    • St-Gelais, R.l. (2012). Fundamentals and Applications of On-Chip Interferometers Based on Deep-Etched Silicon-Air Multilayer Reflectors (Ph.D. Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1024
  • Master's Thesis (15)

    • Bianki, M.-A. (2019). Mémoire tampon formée d'un guide d'onde de résonateurs couplés en forme de disques à bord biseauté superposés (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3994/
    • Guertin, R. (2019). Détection multi-gas avec interféromètre de Fabry-Perot sur puce de silicium (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3993/
    • Lemieux-Leduc, C. (2019). Microcavités à modes de galerie en polymère pour la détection de gaz (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3855/
    • Richard, S. (2019). Caractérisation de rubans supraconducteurs en régime sur-critique à l'aide de pulses de courant dans les microsecondes : développement d'une méthode d'analyse des mesures (Master's Thesis, Polytechnique Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/3866/
    • Jubinville, P. (2017). Détection de gaz par un senseur microfabriqué à cavité Fabry-Pérot fonctionnalisée avec des polymères (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2698/
    • Lemieux, K. (2017). Microfabrication de tranchées d'isolement et de trous d'interconnexion à travers le silicium (TSV) pour l'amélioration de photomultiplicateurs de silicium(SiPM) (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/2731/
    • Bélanger, J.A. (2014). Biosenseur optofluidique pour la détection d'indice de réfraction volumique (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1621
    • Ramier, A. (2014). Intégration de guides d'onde et microrésonateurs à modes de galerie par assemblage à puce retournée (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/1489
    • Amrane, T. (2012). Fabrication et caractérisation de cavités organiques à modes de galerie (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/876
    • Poulin, A. (2012). Réseaux de Bragg verticaux accordables en silicium pour le développement de microsystèmes optiques appliqués (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/986
    • Bergeron, S. (2010). Microcavités diélectriques circulaires et applications (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/268
    • Gascon, A. (2010). Fabrication et caractérisation de cristaux photoniques pour exaltation de fluorescence (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal). Retrieved from https://publications.polymtl.ca/467
    • Koné, F.B. (2008). Microfabrication d'un cristal photonique à 1D accordable en longueur d'onde (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal).
    • Masson, J. (2008). Conception et fabrication d'un laser à fibre accordable par une cavité Fabry-Pérot microfabriquée en silicium (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal).
    • Hajj Hassan, M. (2006). Balayeur microélectromécanique dédié aux systèmes échographiques (Master's Thesis, École Polytechnique de Montréal).

News about Yves-Alain Peter

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Press review about Yves-Alain Peter

January 12, 2017, La Presse, Génie: dans l'antre de quatre laboratoires montréalais Jumeler des composantes optiques, mécaniques et électriques, le tout dans des dispositifs miniaturisés de la taille d'une puce électronique, c'est la spécialité d'Yves-Alain Peter, professeur titulaire au Département de génie physique de Polytechnique Montréal.