Max Planck Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics
The Max Planck – University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics provides a platform that facilitates close research collaboration between the University of uOttawa, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, and the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. Since its establishment in 2015, it has successfully achieved this goal by sponsoring student and staff exchanges, international workshops and seminars, annual meetings of all fellows, and the establishment or expansion of collaborative research projects. In 2019, the success of the Centre convinced the Max Planck Society to renew the Centre for an additional 5-year period. The Centre has a broad research portfolio encompassing many topics of current interest in optics and photonics. Particular areas of interest include, but are not limited to, fundamentals and applications of structured light, nano- and biophotonics, the development of optical methods relevant to quantum information and nanoscience, the study of attosecond phenomena, and the fabrication of devices and novel materials for use in classical and quantum optics.
NRC-uOttawa Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics
JCEP is a joint undertaking between the National Research Council (NRC) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa). Started in 2019, its goal is to amplify the research efforts of both organizations in the area of photonics. “Extreme photonics” refers to the two limits of intensity — high and low. On the low-intensity side, we use intensities so weak that they contain but a single photon, in the realm of quantum optics. On the high-intensity side, we use femtosecond lasers whose intensities can ionize atoms and molecules, and can generate XUV attosecond pulses, or create pulses in the terahertz frequency range.