Annual Progress meeting 2022

Annual Progress meeting 2022

September 2022 marked the return of the in-person Annual JCEP Progress Meeting, which was being held for the first time in three years. The meeting included reports and project updates form each pair of PIs in the joint centre, with topics such as UV frequency combs (Corkum & Gertsvolf), high-sensitivity detection of terahertz radiation (Gamouras & Ménard), four-wave mixing in optical fibers (Lundeen & Sussman), free-space high-dimensional QKD over the city of Ottawa (Heshami & Karimi), ultrafast electronic coherences in molecules (Staudte & Stolow), and high harmonic generations at the nanoscale (Ramunno & Vampa). Once the updates were given, the event concluded with a poster session allowing students, postdocs, and PIs alike to delve into the details of individual projects.

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News – Ebrahim Karimi wins Arthur McDonald Fellowship

Ebrahim Karimi wins Arthur McDonald Fellowship

Professor Ebrahim Karimi.
Photo: Sylvie Li / Shoot Studio

UOttawa physics professor and NexQT co-chair Ebrahim Karimi has been awarded the Arthur B. McDonald Fellowship in recognition of advancements made in the field of structured quantum waves and quantum communication. This NSERC fellowship is awarded annually to early stage academic researchers in STEM based in Canadian universities to support and enhance their research and to help them become leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Ebrahim Karimi is a distinguished leader in the field of structured quantum waves and manipulation. In 2016, he and his team demonstrated the feasibility of high-dimensional quantum communication in an urban setting by constructing the first-ever 300-meter free-space quantum communication link between two rooftops on the University of Ottawa campus. Following this achievement, Karimi’s team collaborated with the National Research Council to establish the infrastructure for a 5.4-km free-space quantum link between uOttawa and the NRC Campus, which is currently the longest link of its kind in Canada.

Presently, Karimi’s research is geared towards extending the boundaries of quantum communication, simulation, and sensing. His team is engaged in developing an extreme quantum microscope, an innovative technology that has the potential to establish Canada as a pioneer in this burgeoning field. This groundbreaking device will enable Karimi’s group to investigate the behavior of physical phenomena occurring at the nanoscale and pave the way for the creation of innovative photonic, electronic, and spintronic devices.

Professor Karimi can be reached through his website at

On Twitter he is @ebi_karimi.

Click here for more information about the Arthur McDonald fellowship.