Principal Research Groups

Xiaoyi Bao is a Professor of Physics and a Tier I CRC in Fibre Optics and Photonics. Her research is related to fibre sensors, instrumentation, and communication systems, making fibre-based devices, and fibre lasers in collaboration with Drs. Chen, Bhardwaj, Berini and Munger.

Pierre Berini is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a University Research Chair in Surface Plasmon Photonics. He is a recipient of an NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship, a University of Ottawa Young Researcher Award, a Premier of Ontario Research Excellence Award, a Young Scientist Award from the International Union of Radio Science, and a G.S. Glinski Award for Excellence in Research. He is a leading expert on surface plasmon photonics, a field to which he has made pioneering contributions. He is an Associate Editor of Optics Express.

Ravi Bhardwaj is an Assistant Professor of Physics and a Tier II CRC in Ultrafast Laser-Matter Interactions. Recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario, his research focuses on multi-electron dynamics in complex systems, generation and application of attosecond XUV light pulses, nanoscale manipulation of material properties with light and multiphoton imaging of biological systems.

Thomas Brabec is a Professor of Physics and a Tier I CRC in Ultrafast Photonics. He is a recipient of an NSERC EWR Steacie Memorial Fellowship and has been awarded the Austrian START prize. He is an internationally-recognized researcher in the areas of intense laser field physics, nonlinear optics, attosecond science, and light-matter interaction. He is conducting research on the interaction of light with atoms, molecules, clusters, plasmas, and condensed media.

Liang Chen is an Associate Professor of Physics. His research focuses on theoretical aspects of fibre-optic communication networks and fibre-optic sensing. 

Paul Corkum is a Professor of Physics, a Tier I CRC in Attosecond Photonics and the Director of the joint uOttawa-NRC Attosecond Labs. He is a recipient of an NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal (Canada’s top honour), an NSERC Polyani Award, the Arthur Schawlow prize for Quantum Electronics from the American Physical Society, a Killam Prize, the Charles Townes Award of the Optical Society of America, a Tory Medal of the Royal Society of Canada, the Einstein Award of the Society for Optical and Quantum Electronics, a Gold Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Physics from the Canadian Association of Physicists, is named officer of the Order of Canada, is a member of the Royal Societies of Canada and of London, and is elected to the US National Academy of Sciences. He is the pioneer of attosecond science. His research focuses on the interaction of intense laser radiation with atoms, molecules and solids – to “see” electrons, image molecular orbitals, and “watch” electrons move in a molecule as a chemical reaction takes place.

Pawel Hawrylak is a Principal Research Officer and Leader of the Quantum Theory Group at the Institute for Microstructural Sciences, NRC. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He is a recipient of a Humboldt Research Award, the Canadian Association of Physicists Brockhouse Medal for outstanding contributions to condensed matter physics, and an NRC Outstanding Research Award for the development of "single spin transistors". His expertise is on theoretical and computational nanoscience, in particular on the electronic and optical properties of correlated electrons in semiconductor nanostructures for quantum information, nano-spintronics, and nano-photonics.

Karin Hinzer is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and a Tier II CRC in Photonic Nanostructures and Integrated Devices. She has made pioneering contributions to the experimental physics of quantum dots. She gained extensive experience in the design and fabrication of III-V semiconductor devices while at the NRC, Nortel Networks and then at Bookham. She is currently working on photonic integration and on the development of clean, economical, and emission-free high-efficiency solar cells as ubiquitous energy sources. 

Rejean Munger holds an Endowed Research Chair in Vision Research and is a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. His research is focused on applications of advanced photonics for health assessment and treatment. He has extensive experience in collaborative research with industry and is closely involved with several new Ontario companies to commercialise the outcomes of his and other researcher's research.

Lora Ramunno is an Assistant Professor of Physics, and a Tier II CRC in Computational Nanophotonics. She is a recipient of an Early Researcher Award from the Province of Ontario. Her theoretical and computational research spans several topics within photonics on the nanoscale, ranging from understanding the microscopic mechanisms underlying the interaction of materials with intense ultrafast radiation, to understanding the effect of manufacturing defects on nano optical devices.

Robin Williams is a Senior Research Officer at Institute for Microstructural Sciences, NRC. His research focuses on the optoelectronic properties of semiconductor nanostructures such as self-assembled quantum dots. Using directed self-assembly techniques his group has developed methods to control the nucleation site of individual nanostructures, so that control structures such as photonic microcavities and electrostatic gates can be built around them for quantum information applications.

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