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Robert Boyd Working to Realize Orbital Angular Momentum Quantum Cryptography Protocol
22 Feb 18
Chinese researchers have put forward a new quantum cryptography standard which Robert Boyd has begun work to realize in the lab. (link)

Photonics breakthrough could significantly boost internet speeds
9 Feb 18
A breakthrough in materials for photonics applications could result in faster internet speeds by a considerable order of magnitude. Published in Nature Photonics, the new technology combines two known concepts: meta-materials consisting of arrays of antennas and a thin film of a non-linear material. (link)

Metamaterial could boost internet speeds, cut power
7 Feb 18
A team from the University of Ottawa and Ireland’s Tyndall National Institute and Cork Institute of Technology has developed a custom, artificial material that could improve several nonlinear optical applications. Alongside better internet speeds, the team suggests that thinner lenses could be created for cameras and mobile phones, as could

“Generation of Caustics and Rogue Waves from Nonlinear Instability” named Editor’s suggestion
10 Dec 17
“Generation of Caustics and Rogue Waves from Nonlinear Instability” named Editor’s suggestion in Physical Letters Review. (link)

Taiwan’s Minister of Science Visits the Boyd Group.
25 Oct 17
Liang-Gee Chen, Taiwan’s Minister of Science and Technology visits the Advanced Research Group.

Congratulations to M. Zahirul Alam
19 Oct 17
for being selected by the Award Committee to receive the Best Student Paper Award (first place) for his paper  “Unity-order Nonlinear Index Change in a Metasurface” presented at Photonics North 2017 in Ottawa.The award certificate will be presented to him at the IEEE Ottawa Section Annual General Meeting(AGM), to be held

Dr. Orad Reshef is awarded the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
17 Jul 17
Dr. Orad Reshef is awarded the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his proposal, “Nonlinear optics in integrated zero-index media.” (link)

A 100-year-old physics problem has been solved at EPFL
23 Jun 17
EPFL researchers have found a way around what was considered a fundamental limitation of physics for over 100 years. They were able to conceive resonant systems that can store electromagnetic waves over a long period of time while maintaining a broad bandwidth. (link)

“Photonic Crystal Slow Light Waveguides in a Kagome Lattice” named Editor’s Pick
1 May 17
“Photonic Crystal Slow Light Waveguides in a Kagome Lattice” was named Editor’s pick. (link)

Physicists detect exotic looped trajectories of light in three-slit experiment
6 Jan 17
Physicists have performed a variation of the famous 200-year-old double-slit experiment that, for the first time, involves “exotic looped trajectories” of photons. These photons travel forward through one slit, then loop around and travel back through another slit, and then sometimes loop around again and travel forward through a third

“Application-tailored optimisation of photonic crystal waveguides” named paper of the week
1 Nov 16
The paper “Application-tailored optimisation of photonic crystal waveguides” was named paper of the week by the Journal of Optics. (link)

Robert Boyd gives an invited talk at the Royal Society of London
17 Aug 16

Robert Boyd was appointed as a IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer a second year in a row
17 Aug 16

Robert Boyd awarded the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science
17 Aug 16
Robert Boyd was awarded the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science for his to recognize outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. (link)

Dr. Robert Fickler is awarded the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for his proposal, “Twisting Macroscopic Quantum Light.”
17 Jun 16

Record Optical Nonlinearity in a Semiconductor
5 May 16
Researchers at a U.S. university have found a record nonlinear optical response in a commonly available semiconductor (Science, doi: 10.1126/science.aae0330). The results could open new avenues for building tiny structures for many nanophotonics applications. (link)

Indium Tin Oxide Might Be the Material Photonics Has Been Waiting For
28 Apr 16
A team led by Robert Boyd, a physicist at the University of Ottawa and the University of Rochester, has found that a transparent metal called indium tin oxide (ITO), which is often used in touchscreens and on airplane windows, can achieve a particularly high degree of optical nonlinearity—making it a good candidate

‘Game-changer’ for photonics applications: Researchers demonstrate record optical nonlinearity
28 Apr 16
A team, led by Robert W. Boyd, Professor of Optics and Physics at the University of Rochester and the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics at the University of Ottawa, has demonstrated that the transparent, electrical conductor  can result in up to 100 times

A twist on Hanbury Brown—Twiss interferometry offers new approach for remote sensing
8 Apr 16
In a paper, published in Science Advances today, the researchers demonstrate that for light from a source such as the Sun, random fluctuations of intensity give rise to correlations of  beams. They showed the presence of these correlations by modifying a now classical experiment called Hanbury Brown – Twiss

Researchers demonstrate a new way to characterize twisted light
1 Apr 16
Researchers at the University of Rochester have overcome experimental challenges to demonstrate a new way for getting a full picture of twisted light: characterizing the Wigner distribution. (link)

Robert Boyd awarded the 2016 Charles Hard Townes Award
14 Mar 16
Robert Boyd was awarded the 2016 Charles Hard Townes Award by the Optical Society of America for fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials. (link)

Physicists experimentally realize a quantum Hilbert hotel
21 Oct 15
In their paper, the physicists proposed two ways to model this phenomena—one theoretical and one experimental—both of which use the infinite number of quantum states of a quantum system to represent the infinite number of hotel rooms in a hotel. (link)

Adding Quantum Rooms to the Hilbert Hotel
15 Oct 15
An optical experiment realizes one of the room-changing operations in the Hilbert Hotel—a fictitious establishment that illustrates some perplexing properties of infinity. (link)

Robert Boyd presents his view on Charles Townes’ legacy at a meeting of former Townes Ph.D. students
17 Aug 15

Check out this video produced by the Canada Excellence Research Chair program
17 Aug 15

Article selected for Journal of Optics as a Highlight of 2015
2 Jul 15
Our article titled “Beyond the effective index method: improved accuracy for 2D simulations of photonic crystal waveguides” was selected by the editors of Journal of Optics as a Highlight of 2015. (link)

Dr. Gerd Leuchs and Dr. Robert Boyd invited for Max-Planck-Forum in Berlin on Quantum Cryptography
26 Jun 15

‘Twisted light’ gives quantum cryptography a boost
27 Mar 15
The efficiency of quantum-cryptographic systems could be improved thanks to a new technique that uses “twisted light” to increase the amount of information carried per photon. (link)

Orbital angular momentum Broadband Generation
3 Feb 15

Generating Mobius strips of light
29 Jan 15
A collaboration of researchers from Canada, Europe and the USA have experimentally produced Möbius strips from the polarization of light, confirming a theoretical prediction that it is possible for light’s electromagnetic field to assume this peculiar shape. (link)

Möbius strips of light made for the first time
29 Jan 15
Banzer’s team scattered two polarised green laser beams off a gold bead that was smaller than the wavelength of the light. The resulting inference introduced a polarisation pattern with either three or five twists, giving it a Möbius-like structure. (link)

How to twist light into a Möbius strip
29 Jan 15
The team used a green laser beam that was a superposition of two waves with opposing spin. The result was a beam with a polarization that varied across its width. It was circularly polarized at its centre, but linearly polarized – and with varying orientations of the polarization vector –

Sad News: Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99
27 Jan 15

Big Twist for Electron Beam
23 Jan 15

Marie-Claude Dicaire wins the 2014 IEEE Ottawa Photonics Student Best Paper Award
13 Nov 14
Marie-Claude Dicaire, member of Robert Boyd’s research team at the University of Ottawa, won the 2014 IEEE Ottawa Photonics Student Best Paper Award

Prof. Robert Boyd wins the 2014 IEEE Quantum Electronics award for his contributions to nonlinear optics
13 Oct 14
Prof. Robert Boyd won the 2014 IEEE Quantum Electronics award for his contributions to nonlinear optics, including room temperature slow light and the nonlinear optics of composite materials (link)

Robert Boyd’s contributions honored with election to SPIE Fellowship
11 Oct 14

uOttawa officially opens the Advanced Research Complex
30 Sep 14

New analysis rescues quantum wave-particle duality
15 Sep 14
A 2012 experiment in which it seemed you could detect interference and also get information about the photon’s path seemed to contradict mutual exclusiveness of wave and particle properties. A new paper by Eliot Bolduc of the University of Ottawa in Canada, with Robert Boyd of Ottawa and the University

Duality principle is “safe and sound”: Researchers clear up apparent violation of quantum mechanics’ wave-particle duality
25 Aug 14

Robert Boyd is awarded honorary doctorate by University of Glasgow
2 Jul 14

Next-gen quantum teleportation in just 2 photons
13 May 14

Nature News & View: Bright electron twisters
1 May 14

Physicists see 27th dimension of photons
29 Jan 14
In a study detailed in the Jan. 20 issue of the journal Nature Communications,researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of Glasgow took a direct measurement of a photon’s 27-dimensional quantum state. (link)

Physicists scoop information from Schrödinger’s cat box
21 Jan 14
In a paper published in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature Communications and titled “Direct measurement of a 27-dimensional orbital-angular-momentum state vector,” a team of physicists describe how they circumvented a basic principle of uncertainty that requires that some states of a quantum system must be understood poorly

University of Ottawa researchers get $1.6M in funding boost
9 Jan 14

Mohammad Mirhosseini, member of Robert Boyd’s research team at University of Rochester, won the Emil Wolf prize
21 Oct 13

Scientists discover a way around Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
14 Mar 13

First weak measurements made on optical polarization states
11 Mar 13

Research Breakthrough: uOttawa Physicist Makes First Direct Measurements Of Quantum States Of Light
5 Mar 13

Schrödinger’s Cat could be visible after all
4 Mar 13

Exploiting Subtleties in the Uncertainty Principle
3 Mar 13

Quantum Imaging Technique Heralds Unjammable Aircraft Detection
14 Dec 12

Warning, speedsters: you can’t fool quantum radar
14 Dec 12

Quantum imaging could be the end of radar jamming
14 Dec 12

University of Ottawa aims to become ‘photonics world capital’
16 Oct 12

Ground breaks for new Ottawa research complex
3 Oct 12

The Advanced Research Complex—Fostering innovation in photonics and geoscience
17 Sep 12

Canadian researchers take a sneak peek at Schrödinger’s Cat and a step toward a quantum computer
14 Mar 12

Israel De Leon wins Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal
14 Oct 11

Slowing Light to the Speed of Sound
12 Jul 11

Scientists drag light by slowing it to the speed of sound
8 Jul 11

Slowing the Speed of Light to a Crawl
7 Jul 11

World leader in photonics chooses uOttawa
1 May 11

Making Ottawa the Photonics Capital of the World
23 Apr 11

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics
17 Apr 11

Robert Boyd gets profiled by Ottawa Magazine
1 Sep 10

University recruits American expert to help establish world-class photonics research centre
10 May 10