About the IOL

The Integrated Optics Laboratory (IOL), under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Holzman, is within the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Okanagan Campus. Our research focuses on micro-sensor technologies, and the majority of the IOL projects are multidisciplinary in nature.

At the large-scale, we are developing sensing devices for solar tracking/optimization and free-space optical wireless communications. At the small-scale, we are using new semiconductor-polymer nanocomposite materials for a broad range of applications. These applications include microspheroid sensing, ultrafast switching, and optoelectronic terahertz applications. Photonic techniques and digital microfluidic architectures are brought together for these new sensor and actuator lab-on-a-chip technologies.

Latest News

Sept 1st, 2015

Ultrafast all-optical switching

The laboratory recently unveiled a new device for ultrafast all-optical switching. The device uses nanoparticles and photonic nanojets to enable high-speed (femtosecond) and low-energy (femtojoule) all-optical switching [Nature Commun., 2015].

August 15th, 2015

Display technologies

The laboratory and its industry partners have successfully developed new technologies for integrated microlens arrays. The microlens arrays are being applied within new heads-up display systems.