Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre

National Research Council Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
What the facility does

Provides a one-stop-shop for world-class engineering and manufacturing services, commercial-grade prototyping and pilot-run production facilities

Areas of expertise

The Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre (CPFC) can fabricate devices in a variety of materials including gallium arsenide (GaAs) and indium phosphide (InP), gallium nitride (GaN), silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and other substrates. We offer single-step foundry services or end-to-end fabrication of photonic devices, photonic integrated circuits and gallium nitride electronics. The CPFC can also develop new process technologies for our clients’ devices.

Starting with CPFC- or customer-supplied wafers, our experienced design team examines the client's requirements and advises on a suitable wafer structure and fabrication process to achieve the device performance necessary for their application. We can use either client-supplied photomasks or develop a new set of masks for an entire process sequence. A custom-designed manufacturing execution system is used for data collection and material tracking throughout the fabrication run. This helps ensure that all fabricated wafers are fully characterized and meet the required specifications.

We offer a fully equipped 40,000 square foot facility with 11,000 square feet of class 1000/100 clean room space that provides a comprehensive suite of key processes and supporting ancillary activities.

Research services

We offer the following technical services:

  • Foundry services including chemical vapor deposition (CVD), physical vapor deposition (PVD), lithography, plasma etching and back end processing
  • Design and modeling for devices and circuits to improve yield, overall design, and circuit performance
  • Test and characterization including testing for optical and electronic devices, and surface and materials analysis

For companies that fabricate wafers in house or that have them outsourced to an external foundry, we offer a consulting service for third-party evaluation/analysis of the resulting wafers.

Sectors of application
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Manufacturing and processing



Ebeam direct write

Used for patterning of wafers


Used for patterning of wafers

Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Etch

Fully automated etching of semiconductor and dielectric materials

Reactive-ion etching (RIE) Plasma Etch

Fully automated etching of dielectric materials

Ebeam Evaporation

Comprehensive metal deposition for ohmic and interconnect metallisation requirements

Photonic modeling software and test hardware

Photonic device modeling, test, characterisation and reliability capability

Metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) reactor

Used for Base growth and Selective Area Growth (SAG), Overgrowth (OG) epitaxy

Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) reactor

Used for epitaxial growth of Gallium antimonide (GaSb) materials

Chemical Beam Epitaxy (CBE) reactor

Used for the growth of Quantum Dot materials



Highlights of the Canadian Photonics Fabrication Centre…

A bright future for new fibre optic devices