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’s) Okanagan Campus. Our research primarily focuses on optical sensing and communication technologies, and the majority of the IOL projects are multidisciplinary in nature.

Mainly, we are developing all-optical and optoelectronic devices for free-space optical (FSO) and terahertz technologies, as well as for solar tracking/optimization. These devices are developed through our investigation of semiconductor nanomaterials and yield a broad range of applications. These applications include short- and long-range FSO communication links (e.g., indoor optical wireless and ground-to-satellite systems), ultrafast switching, and terahertz sensing.

Latest News

June 05, 2020

Rising Stars

Leonardo Caffarello, an undergraduate student within the IOL, is leading his team of 13 students toward the launch of their cloud chamber experiment as part of the HEMERA stratospheric balloon campaign in Sweden. The campaign will take place during the summer of 2022 and will include multiple space agencies, such as Canada, France, Germany, Sweden, and Italy. Learn more here.

May 06, 2019

Awards in Excellence

Dr. Jonathan Holzman receives the 2019 Killam Teaching Prize and is made a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC). See the article here.