Dr. Christopher Smelser

Associate Professor

Dr. Christopher Smelser

Associate Professor

Christopher W. Smelser received his B.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Toronto in 1998, his M.Sc. degree in physics from the University of Waterloo in 2001 where he studied under Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland, and his Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Ottawa in 2007. From 2001 to 2012 Dr. Smelser was a Research Scientist at the Communications Research Centre in Ottawa ON, Canada. In 2012 Dr. Smelser joined the Faculty of Engineering and Design at Carleton University in Ottawa and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology.

Research Areas

  • Laser Assisted Fabrication of Photonic Components
  • Hybrid Optical Devices
  • Optical Sensors and their Applications
  • Fiber Bragg grating sensors for temperature and strain measurement in generators, turbines and oil wells
  • Silica based non-linear optical components for second harmonic generation and sensing applications

Research Topics

  • Network security (threat modelling, blockchain, usable security)
  • Non-linear Optics
  • Optical Components
  • Optical Sensing
  • Laser Applications (machining, fibre)


Technical Program Committees

  • Bragg Gratings, Photosensitivity and Poling in Glass Waveguides Topical Meeting (BGPP) 2016

Undergraduate Courses

  • PLT3003 Fundamentals of Electromagnetics (3rd Year, Fall Term)
  • PLT3014 Optical Waves, Waveguides, and Sensors (3rd Year, Winter Term)
  • PLT4900 Photonics Research Project (4th Year, Fall Term)