Post-docs Fellows

Cristina Rimoldi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2018 to 2020. Now postdoctoral researcher at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Riccardo Piccoli

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2015 to 2020. Now Senior Researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.

Andrew Bruhacs

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2016 to 2020. Now Technology transfer advisor for quantum technologies at Ministère de l'economie et de l'innovation (Montreal).

Young Zhang

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2016 to 2018. Now employed at Xanadu, Toronto, Canada. Young Zhang obtained his bachelor degree in physics from Wuhan University of Technology (China) in 2007 and received his Master degree in Microelectronics in 2011 from the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) after working for two years on induced-transparency in coupled microring resonators. After visiting University of Colorado at Boulder (US) for one-year, he moved to Australia in 2012 to pursue his PhD in CUDOS under the supervision of Prof. Benjamin Eggleton at the University of Sydney. In March 2016 he successfully completed his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Phase-sensitive amplification in integrated Kerr media ”. His Ph.D. mainly focused on the theoretical investigation and experimental demonstration of nonlinear parametric amplification processes in silicon and chalcogenide waveguides. Apart from that, his was also involved in projects of stimulated Brillouin scattering, single photon generation and soliton observation in integrated platforms during his PhD researches.

Caroline Foucher

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2017 to 2018. Now employed at Cactus Communications, Montreal, Canada. Caroline Foucher obtained her Master’s degree in Materials Physics in 2010, from the University of Salford in England. Her Master’s dissertation focused on the comparison of various materials properties for the fabrication of solar panels. She then moved to Scotland to do her PhD at the Institute of Photonics of the University of Strathclyde, under the supervision of Prof Martin Dawson. Her thesis, named “Solution-processable, mechanically flexible lasers” explored various materials, designs and fabrication techniques to improve the capabilities of plastic lasers. After completing her PhD in March 2015, she was offered a posdtdoctoral position at the same Institute, but this time working on visible light communications (LiFi). She designed and fabricated colour-converters with various materials, such as quantum dots and organic semiconductors, in order to transmit fast data throught microLEDs and make them suitable for visible light communications. In July 2016, she then moved to Singapore as she started a postdoctoral position in Nanyang Technological University, under the supervision of Prof Volkan Demir. Her research still focused on colour-conversion but also on quantum dot lasers. She then joined Prof Roberto Morandotti’s group in September 2017 where she mainly focuses on optimising the interface between nanolaser devices and optical fibre-based systems.

Andrey Markov

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2015 to 2018. Now employed at C2T3, Trois-Rivieres, Canada. Andrey Markov received his MSc degree from the Physics department of the prestigious Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2009, studying generation and propagation of high-power ultrashort pulses. He then worked in the laboratory of Spectroscopy of Ultrafast Processes in the Institute for Spectroscopy, Russia, researching ultrafast electronic dynamics in laser-excited materials. Since June 2015, shortly after earning his Ph.D. degree working in the Complex Photonic Structures and Processes Group at École Polytechnique de Montreal, Dr. Markov became a member of Prof. Roberto Morandotti’s group (UOP) at INRS-EMT where he carries out his postdoctoral work on terahertz sensing and communications applications. In August 2015, Andrey Markov received the Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship for his project “Terahertz metamaterial sensors for monitoring of the insulation material quality” aimed at reducing the risk of electric discharges in insulation materials which present a risk of electrocution, explosion, or fire.

Fabio Grazioso

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2015 to 2017, now Professor at the University of Tyumen, Russia. Fabio Grazioso received his Master degree (laurea magistrale) in physics in 2004, from University of Naples "Federico II" (Italy), defending an experimental thesis with the title: "Realization of an Optical Parametric Oscillator with poled crystal for an infrared spectroscopic apparatus". This thesis research project was supervised by prof. Salvatore Solimeno. He then worked for two years as research specialist in the R&D lab of "duepigreco s.r.l.", developing a prototype for a Quantum Key Distribution cryptographic device. duepigreco s.r.l. was also the sole Italian representative for It was sole agent for Italy for the quantum encryption devices of MagiQ inc. ( In 2006 he started his doctorate at the University of Oxford, and he received his DPhil degree in 2011, defending an experimental thesis with the title "Spectroscopy of Single Colour Centres in Ultra-Pure Synthetic Diamonds", supervised by prof. Jason M. Smith and prof. Pieter Kok. During his doctorate dr. Grazioso has teached as tutor for Mansfield College's undergraduate students, for the course of "Fourier Series and Partial Differential Equations". He has then been postdoctoral fellow at École Normale Superiéure de Cachan (France) until 2012, working in the group of prof. Jean-François Roch, and collaborating with dr. Frédéric Grosshans in several research projects: an experimental project on QKD using NV centres in diamond as single photon source; a device-independent theoretical model of Quantum Random Number Generators; a theoretical description of a robust, sifting-less Quantum Key Distribution protocol, with discrete variables and an arbitrary number of states. From 2012 he has worked as postdoctoral fellow at Université de Montréal, in the Laboratoire d'Informatique théorique et quantique (LITQ) of prof. Gilles Brassard, collaborating with him to extend the complexity model for quantum algorithms beyond the query complexity model. In late 2014 he has started to collaborate as postdoctoral fellow in Roberto Morandotti's group (UOP), at INRS, working on the quantum properties of the non-linear micro-ring resonator and single photon source recently developed by the group. He has recently been awarded a MITACS Accelerate internship funding.<\span>

Michael Kues

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2014 to 2017, now Full Professor at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany - Hannover Center for Optical Technologies, where he is group leader of the Photonic Quantum Technology team. Michael Kues received his Diploma degree in Physics in October 2009 from the University of Münster (Germany) with a thesis on “Supercontinuum Generation with Feedback”. In August 2013 he successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis entitled “Seeded and Self-Seeded Nonlinear Effects for Pulse Control in Optical Fibers” developed in the Optical Technologies group at University of Münster under the supervision of Prof. Fallnich (University of Münster) and the co-supervision of Prof. Boller (University of Twente) and graduated with distinction (highest honors). His Ph.D. focused on the experimental observation, characterization and comprehensive theoretical explanation of nonlinear system dynamics in synchronously driven passive nonlinear fiber ring resonators as well as the theoretical prediction and experimental verification of controlling modulation instability processes in nonlinear optical fibers. Apart from his work on nonlinear fiber optics, during his Ph.D. Michael also worked in the field of random lasers which has been supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research within the PEARLS project. Particularly he investigated the laser’s polarization dynamics and developed the first prototype of an anti-counterfeiting marker based on the polarization characteristics of a random laser.

Tobias Hansson

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2016 to 2017. Now a lecturer in the University of Linköping, Sweden. Tobias Hansson received his M.Sc. degree in engineering physics in 2007 from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, after completing thesis work on optical time-domain methods at Dartmouth College, USA, in the group of Prof. Ulf Österberg. In 2007 he started Ph.D. studies under the supervision of Prof. Mietek Lisak and Prof. Dan Anderson in the Nonlinear Electrodynamics group at Chalmers University of Technology. He received the Swedish licentiate degree and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 2009 and 2011, respectively, for his theoretical work in nonlinear optics on the topic of partially coherent wave propagation, and his investigations of the nonlinear dynamics of solitary waves and instability phenomena in slowly responding nonlinear media.

Benjamin Wetzel

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2014 to 2016. Now a research associate in the University of Sussex, UK. Benjamin Wetzel received his Master degree in Optics and Photonics in 2009 (high honors) from University of Franche-Comté (Besançon, France). His Master research, held in Prof. E. O’Reilly’s group at Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland), was focused on semiconductor laser injection stabilities and dynamics. In 2009, he started a Ph.D. related to the study of nonlinear dynamics and instabilities in optical fiber propagation at University of Franche-Comté. This work, carried out at FEMTO-ST Institute under the supervision of Prof J. M. Dudley and Prof. L. Larger, involved several topics including supercontinuum generation, nonlinear and complex dynamics in fiber propagation, ultrafast optical pulse characterization as well as random processes and extreme event formation. In December 2012, he successfully defended his Ph.D thesis and subsequently started a position as CNRS Research Engineer at the same institute, working on femtosecond ablation, non-diffracting beams spatial shaping and graphene photonics. Since January 2014, he joined Prof. Morandotti’s group at INRS-EMT as a Postdoctoral fellow.

Anna Mazhorova

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2012 to 2016, now emplyed at Thorlabs Inc. Montreal, Canada.

Rafik Naccache

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2012 to 2015, now Assitant Professor at Concordia University, Canada.

Lucia Caspani

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now Professor at Strathclyde University, Glasgow UK. Lucia Caspani received her Master Degree in Physics in July 2006 (full marks and honors) from Insubria University (Como, Italy), defending a theoretical thesis titled “Imaging techniques with quantum correlated optical beams”, under the supervision of Prof. L. Lugiato and Dr. A. Gatti. The thesis was awarded with the "2006 Galluzzi's award for Physics" from University of Rome “Roma Tre” for the best master thesis in Physics. In March 2010 she defended the Ph.D. thesis, titled “Spatiotemporal structure of entanglement in Parametric Down Conversion”, investigating the non separable structure in space and time of biphoton amplitude in second order nonlinear media. This work was carried out in the framework of the European project HIDEAS (High Dimensional Entangled Systems), involving ten top-level international research groups in the study of properties of entanglement. Her PhD thesis has been selected for publication by the Insubria University Press as best PhD thesis in Physics in 2010. She has been a Post-Doctoral fellow at Insubria University till December 2010. During this fellowship she worked on the modeling and characterization of an experimental scheme able to disclose the non-separable structure of entanglement in the parametric down conversion process. This work was carried out in close collaboration with the experimental group led by Prof. P. Di Trapani at Insubria University. Since April 2011 Dr. Caspani is a Post-Doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Roberto Morandotti's group (UOP) and she was awarded with a one-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Government of Canada. She is carrying out research activities mainly related to the generation of nonclassical states of light in high-index doped silica glass integrated structures.

Matteo Clerici

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2014, now Professor at the University of Glasgow, UK. Matteo Clerici received its Master degree in Physics in July 2006 (full marks and honors) from Insubria University (Como, Italy), defending an experimental thesis titled “Observation of X-Shaped spatio-temporal coherence in optical fields”. The Master research program was developed under the supervision of Prof. D. Faccio, Dr. O. Jedrkiewicz and Prof. P. Di Trapani and exploiting a Marie Curie ITN Training fellowship (Atlas) for 6 months (June-November 2007) at the Department of Quantum Electronics (Vilnius, Lithuania). In February 2010 he successfully defended the Ph.D. thesis, titled “Ultrashort laser pulse spatio-temporal shaping and novel propagation properties," developed in the Prof. Di Trapani's group and in collaboration with Prof. V. Degiorgio, at the University of Pavia, Italy. During the Ph.D. studies he participated to several research campaigns at ICFO (Castelldefels, Spain), VULRC (Vilnius, Lithuania), Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania), IELS FORTH (Heraklion, Crete) and participated to two LASERLAB-Europe research projects. He has been a Post-Doctoral fellow for CNISM (Italy) till July 2010. During this fellowship he worked on extreme phase-matching by means of conical waves in the HHG process, in collaboration with Prof. J. Biegert group, at ICFO, with the scientific supervision of Prof. D. Faccio and Prof. P. Di Trapani.Matteo Clerici is currently a Post-Doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Roberto Morandotti's group (UOP), conducing research activities on high-energy nonlinear phenomena (Terahertz generation from laser induced ionization in air, Terahertz broadband detection and bulk second- and third-order nonlinear effects). Matteo Clerici received the PEEE FQRNT fellowship for the 2011-2012 and the Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship in collaboration with Prof. D. Faccio at Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) for the 2012-2015.

Oded Yaakobi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011-2014, now RA at the National Institute of Health, USA Oded Yaakobi is a theoretical physicist with broad academic and applied experience, who is interested to focus his research efforts in directions that could lead to practical applications. He has graduated his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the excellence program Talpiot (1999). [Talpiot is an elite Israel Defense Forces training program for young people who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability in physics and mathematics]. Oded completed his M.Sc. at Tel-Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude, 100/100 in the final exam) under the supervision of Prof. Zilman and Prof. Miloh while serving as a Research Officer in the Navy (2005). His M.Sc. thesis was devoted to studying the feasibility of a novel method for detection of a moving body in electrically conductive seawater due to the magnetic field induced by its wake. In his Ph.D. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Oded studied theoretical aspects of resonant wave interactions under the supervision of Prof. Lazar Friedland (2011). During his Ph.D., Oded worked as a Researcher in the group of Dr. Henis at Soreq Research Center, and collaborated with the groups of Prof. Wurtele and Prof. Siddiqi from UC Berkeley. In 2011, Oded joined the Nonlinear Photonics group at INRS-EMT as a postdoctoral fellow.

Amir Tehranchi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now RA at Ecole Polytechnique Montreal, Canada. Amirhossein Tehranchi received the B.Sc. (1997) and M.Sc. (2000) degrees in Electrical Engineering from K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. In 2000, he joined the Iran Telecom Research Center as a faculty member, where he was also involved in research on modulation instability and solitons in optical fibers, and design and fabrication of integrated optics for 6 years. In January 2006, he started his Ph.D. studies particularly on broadband quasi-phase-matched wavelength converters, under the supervision of Prof. Raman Kashyap at École Polytechnique, University of Montreal and received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 2010. Afterwards, he worked as a research associate. Starting from September 2011, he is a post-doctoral fellow at INRS-EMT in Prof. Morandotti’s group, having received an FQRNT fellowship in the first rank.

Yi Hu

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2014, now Professor at Nankai University, China. Yi Hu started the PhD study from September, 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Zhigang Chen and Prof. Jingjun Xu, and received his PhD (including Master degree) in Nankai University, China, in June, 2011. In his research as a doctor student, he mainly focused on experimental and numerical investigations of the linear and nonlinear beam dynamics in bulk medium and photonic structures, aiming to control light energy flows for many applications, such as particle manipulation, communication, image transmission, etc. During his PhD study, he was funded by the “Foundation for an Excellent Doctoral Dissertation” award and he was awarded the “Excellent Doctoral Dissertation” in Nankai University 2011 for his PhD research. In this period, he also went to San Francisco State University to carry on some collaboration researches. After graduating as a PhD, he joined Prof. Morandotti’s group as a post-doctoral fellow in July, 2011. His research interests involve beam dynamics of ultra-short and ultra-intense laser light, pulse shaping, nonlinear fiber optics, magneto-optics and THz generation. Yi Hu currently mainly focuses on the generation, control and application of self-accelerating beams/pulses. He received the PEEE FQRNT fellowship in Canada for the 2012-2013.

Alessia Pasquazi

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2009 to 2013, now Professor at the University of Sussex, UK. Alessia Pasquazi (M '05, PhD 09') received her MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in July 2005 (full marks and honors) from the University of Rome "Roma Tre", with a thesis in applied optoelectronics, awarded from the Chamber of Commerce of Turin (Turin, Italy) . In November 2005 she enrolled in a PhD program at the same university, investigating spatial solitons in liquid crystals, Kerr glasses and nonlinear 2D photonic lattices, as well as quadratic processes in QPM LiNbO3 waveguides and cubic effects in 3D photonic crystals, carrying out both experimental and theoretical activities. She defended her PhD dissertation in spring 2009. In April 2009 she received from the Government of Quebec Excellence Scholarship for Post-Doctoral research (MELS). She is now Post-Doc fellow at the INRS-EMT, in Roberto Morandotti's group.

Ibraheem Al-Naib

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2013, now Professor at the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Ibraheem Al-Naib received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees with honors in elctronics and communication engineering from University of Mosul, Iraq in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Then, he worked as a computer engineer until 2003 in Iraq and UAE. In 2003, he joined Sharjah university in United Arab Emirates as a lecturer. In Oct. 2005, he started his Ph.D. studies at TU Braunschweig, Germany afer getting DAAD scholarship. He graduated with distinction (summa cum laude) in Dec. 2009. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Marburg university, Marburg, Germany for the first seven months of 2010. Starting from Sept. 2010, he is a postdoctoral fellow at INRS-EMT. His research interests include studying semiconductors at intense THz field and novel metamaterial structures with linear and nonlinear schemes at THz frequencies.

Yavuz Öztürk

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2010 to 2012, now Professor at Ege University, Turkey.

Jae-Yeol Hwang

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2012, now Professor at Basic Science Center for Integrated Nanostructure Physics, Korea.

Marco Peccianti

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2011, now Professor at the University of Sussex, UK. Marco Peccianti (M '00, PhD 04') received his MSc degree in Electronic Engineering in May 2000 (full marks and honors) from the University of Rome "Roma Tre", where he also defended his PhD dissertation (research activities carried out at the nonlinear Optics and Optoelectronics Lab, Univ, Roma TRE, Rome, Italy) . In 2003 he was awarded with the "Best Young Physicist" prize "Vincenzo Caglioti" from the "Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei" and with a Fellowship as the 'Outstanding Graduate student' from the Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS). In July 2005 he received the Otto Lehmann international Award from Karlsruhe University (Germany) for the best PhD thesis in the Liquid Crystal Field and in June 2006 he obtained the International Liquid Crystal Society Multimedia Award for "..outstanding technical publications based on his doctoral thesis", Kent State University (Kent, USA). In March 2007, following the award of a Junior Grant of the research center "ENRICO FERMI" (Rome, Italy) , he joined the Statistical Mechanics and Complexity group (SMC), at the Dep. of Physics of the University "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy). In Nov 2007 he received an Excellence Scholarship from the Government of Quebec for Post-Doctoral research (MELS).From Oct 2008 to Sept 2011 his work was supported through an European Union Marie Curie project on Terahertz photonics of biomatter TOBIAS PIOF-GA-2008-221262 that estabilished a collaboration between the UOP group of the INRS-EMT and the IPCF-CNR research center (Rome, Italy). He is now Permanent Researcher at the Institute for Complex Systems of the Italian National Research Council (CNR, Rome, Italy). His overall H-Index is 25 with more than 2700 citations. In 2012, he has been elected member of the Global Young Accademy

Katarzyna A. Rutkowska

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2008 to 2010, now Professor at the Polytechnic University of Warsaw, Poland.

Luca Razzari

Post-Doc Fellow

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2005 to 2010, now Professor at INRS-EMT, Canada.

Yongwoo Park

Post-Doc Fellow

Co-supervised with Prof. J. Azaña from 2005 to 2006; now working at Automated Precision Inc in Maryland, USA. (1st ranked in the Engineering Committee at the competition “Postdoctoral Fellowships for Excellent Foreign Scientists” held by FQRNT – co-supervised with J. Azaña)

Past academic visitors

James van Howe

Visiting Professor

Worked within the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2018 to 2020; now Associate Professor at Augustana College, USA.

Daniele Faccio

Visiting Professor

Worked within the Nonlinear Photonics team from 2011 to 2012; now Professor at Heriot-Watt University, UK.

Salvatore Stivala

Visiting Professor

Worked within the Nonlinear Photonics team in 2010, now Professor at University of Palermo, Italy.

Phd Students

Holger Breitenborn

PhD Student

"Terahertz Radiation for the Charaterization of Plasmonic Nanoparticles and its Biomedical Applications", 2020; Now, product manager in a medical device company.

Christian Reimer

PhD Student

Part of the Nonlinear Photonics group from 2014 to 2017, now Post-Doc Fellow at University of Harvard, USA. Christian Reimer started his studies in physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany in October 2006. In May 2010 he graduated from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (Scotland) with a Master of Physics in Optoelectronics and Laser (First Class Honors), defending a thesis on single photon detection and quantum optics, supervised by Prof. Gerald Buller and in collaboration with Prof. Miles Padgett (Glasgow University). He then did an internship at the research unit of Draeger Inc. in Germany, where he worked on the remote sensing of gases using mid-infrared spectroscopy. Christian returned to KIT and graduated in May 2012 with his second graduate degree (German Diplom in Physics, equivalent to a Master of Science). For his second research thesis, he participated in a one-year long research visit at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, Prof. Thomas F. Krauss) and the University of Sydney (Australia, Prof. Benjamin Eggleton), where he specialized on the design, fabrication and characterization of mid-infrared photonic crystals in silicon. During his research project Christian achieved the first demonstration of mid-infrared photonic crystal waveguides in silicon.

Ho Sze Phing

PhD Student

“Novel techniques for terahertz sub-wavelength imaging”, 2015; now Professor at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. Ho Sze Phing received her B. Sc. degree in Science (Industrial Physics) from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (Johor, Malaysia). She started her master study at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in 2006 and graduated in 2008 with M. Sc. (Physics), defending a thesis entitled "Properties of Fabricated Fiber Bragg Grating for Temperature Sensing using a Phase Mask Technique". Her M. Sc. project mainly studied the fabrication of the fiber Bragg grating sensor by imprinting the gratings with in the photoconductive fibers using phase mask employed the KrF excimer laser, which then applied in temperature sensing. She then worked as a tutor (teaching assistant) in Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia for one year where she earned experiences in teaching Fundamental of Physics and Laboratory Techniques in undergraduate first year program. She enrolled as an Ph. D. student in Sciences of Energy and Materials program at INRS-EMT, University of Quebec, Canada, under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Morandotti since 2009. Her primary research interest focuses on terahertz generation and detection, terahertz characterization and sub-wavelength scaled terahertz source for imaging application.

Mostafa Shalaby

PhD Student

“Terahertz isolators”, 2014; now Post Doctoral Fellow at the Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Marcello Ferrera

PhD Student

“Towards the integration of nonlinear photonic devices”, 2010; now Senior Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.Marcello Ferrera attained his master degree in micro-electronic engineering in 2005 at University of Palermo (Italy) defending his thesis entitled: "Growth of ferroelectric thin films of barium strontium titanate by pulsed laser deposition and their morphological characterization". This work was developed during a one year internship sponsored by (and performed at) INRS-EMT labs in Canada. During this period, he mastered fundamental techniques for the fabrication and the characterization of semiconductor thin films. In 2006, he was awarded the INRS-EMT scholarship for international students which allowed him to undertake his doctoral studies in the Ultrafast Optical Processing Group (UOP), under the supervision of Prof. Morandotti. In 2007, he won the international doctoral fellowship provided by the government of Quebec in the figure of “Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la nature et les technologies”. This fund sponsored his doctoral research in nonlinear integrated photonics focused on the nonlinear characterization of a new material platform named Hydex ®. By exploiting a set of integrated photonic structures, fabricated by this novel doped silica glass, he obtained remarkable results dealing with the low-power nonlinear frequency conversion, multiple-wavelength and broadband light generation, and ultra-fast optical processing. In 2010, he obtained his Ph.D. defending a thesis entitled: ”Towards the integration of nonlinear photonic devices”. The same year, he was among the recipients of the NSERC post-doctoral fellowship, which is currently supporting his post-doctoral research at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland. Here, in the group of Prof. Thomas F. Krauss (Microphotonic group), and in collaboration with the UOP group at INRS-EMT, he is developing silicon-nitride-based photonic integrated structures for application in nonlinear photonics.

David Duchesne

PhD Student

“Convertisseurs intégrés de fréquences optiques d'ondes continues”, 2010; recently ended his Post Doctoral Fellowship at MIT, USA. David Duchesne received his B.Sc. degree in theoretical mathematics and physics from McGill University, Montreal (Quebec, Canada) in 2005. He has since obtained his PhD in 2010 from l’Institut National de Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), Varennes, (Quebec, Canada), in optics and photonics. His thesis was based on the development of integrated novel sources of light using nonlinear optics and he is an expert in waveguide design and characterization. In 2011 he joined the group of Prof. M. Soljacic at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he undertook the clean room fabrication of integrated III-V devices for THz generation using wavelength conversion techniques. He also worked on fundamental theoretical nonlinear optics for innovative quasi-phase matching schemes. As of 2014, he is an independent consultant working for Prof. Roberto Morandotti at the INRS-EMT and is developing state of the art integrated frequency combs for ultrafast, stabilized laser sources. His primary research interests are in quantum optics, nonlinear spectroscopy, and frequency comb synthesis. $

François Blanchard

PhD Student

“Développement d’une source de radiation térahertz (THz) intense pour l’etude du transport des electrons chauds dans les semi-conducteurs”, 2010; now Professor at ETS, Montreal, Canada.

Paul F. Ndione

PhD Student

“Élaboration et caractérisation du CaxBa1-xNb2O6 sous forme de couches minces pour les applications electro-optiques”, 2009; now Senior Researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Golden, Colorado, USA.

Master Students

Mehedi Islam

Master Student

"A Novel Technique to Extract the Phase of Multi-Path Fiber Interferometer", 2019; Now Photonic Hardware Engineer-II at Ciena.

Manoj Mridha

Master Student

“Novel THz waveguides”, 2014; now PhD at Max Planck Institute, Erlangen, Germany. Manoj Mridha received his B-Tech degree in Engineering Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India in the year 2011. Since September 2011, he is a Master student at l’Institut National de Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), under the supervision of Prof. R. Morandotti and Prof. F. Vidal. Manoj worked in the area of Optical Vortices, Optical Tweezers during his internships. His Bachelor's Thesis was on "Optical Fiber Bragg Grating Sensors for Structural Health Monitoring". He is currently working on Terahertz Waveguides for Spectroscopic applications.

Pamela Tannouri

Master Student

“Investigation of nonlinear effects in an AlGaAs Bragg grating waveguide”, 2013; now PhD at S. Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Calogero M. Buscemi

Master Student

“Development of an experimental set-up for the study of the propagation of optical beams in nonlinear materials: self-focusing and control of the collapse”, 2012; now Product Development Engineer at Tyco Electronics AMP GmbH.

Marco Cassataro

Master Student

“Novel solutions for THz imaging”, 2012; now PhD at Max Planck Institute, Erlangen, Germany.

Fabrizio Buccheri

Master Student

“Near field techniques for THz applications”, 2010; now PhD, University of Rochester, USA.

Francisco Castro

Master Student

"Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating: The Measurement of Ultrashort Laser Pulses", 2010; now Product Engineer at Soluciones Análiticas SpA, Santiago, Chile.

Chandra S. Manda

Master Student

“Growth, optimization and characterization of co-substituted Cerium and Bismuth garnet films for integrated magneto-optical applications”, 2009; previously Research Assistant at University of Western Ontario.

Gargi Sharma

Master Student

"High Field THz Sources", 2009; now research associate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA.

Summer Students

Year 2020

  • Celine Mazoukh
  • Julie Belleville
  • Lukas Lesniak

Year 2019

  • Kaleb Ruscitti
  • Erin Whitby
  • Tristan Ménard
  • Renuka Narayanan

Year 2019

  • Maxime Romanet
  • Théo Martel
  • Lukuan Zhang
  • Luca castello

Year 2018

  • Rachel Ostic
  • Kyle Jordan

Year 2017

  • Leanne Dias
  • Emily Qiu
  • Benjamin MacLellan

Year 2016

  • Jenny Wu
  • Abrar Ahmad
  • Ville Tiukuvaara

Year 2015

  • Parminder Saggu
  • Pierre-Luc Godin
  • Blaine Fiss

Year 2014

  • George Hanna
  • Yannick D’Mello
  • Joseph Botros

Year 2013

  • Guangzhe Weng
  • Taeho Kang
  • Guillaume Côté

Year 2012

  • Gabriel Dupras
  • Maxime Daneau