Advanced Research Complex

The Advanced Research Complex building at dusk.

The Advanced Research Complex: A new model of research in photonics and Earth sciences.

On September 30, 2014, the University of Ottawa officially opened its Advanced Research Complex (ARC), a new facility dedicated to photonics and Earth sciences research. Students, researchers and partners from the faculties of Science and Engineering conduct experiments here that bridge the gap between basic research and technological innovation.

For graduate students in Engineering or Earth Sciences, the Advanced Research Complex offers unparalleled advantages.

  • Access to internationally renowned researchers.
  • The only accelerator mass spectrometer (AMS) in the country. This technological jewel is 25 metres long and weighs over 44 tons. It allows researchers to analyse radioisotopes in much smaller quantities than conventional mass spectrometers. The AMS can handle over 200 samples at a time, which will benefit both researchers and their students, along with companies from across North America.
  • Vibration-free photonics labs: Even the slightest vibration can shift a beam of light. For this reason, the ARC has been built on anti-vibration, floating floors that rest on hundreds of concrete-filled steel piles embedded in rock. This innovative structure keeps the whole building, and particularly the photonics labs, extremely stable.
  • Sixteen photonics labs, nanomanufacturing labs, cleanrooms, and labs for private sector partners.


Advanced Research Complex

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