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Third Max Planck Centre in North America opens at University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa has signed a formal partnership with the Max Planck Society establishing the Max Planck-University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics.

The center will link two of the world's foremost research teams in the field of photonics, and will be only the third Max Planck Centre in North America.

The new centre will be at the forefront of research in photonics and optics, in activities such as the development of very high intensity laser sources, a quintessential technology for future advanced manufacturing processes, optical methods for quantum information science for use in secure data transmission over optical fiber systems and the fabrication of devices for use in classical and quantum photonics.

However, the cornerstone of this partnership will be to provide young researchers with international exchanges between Canada and Germany, giving them the opportunity to explore different scientific cultures early on in their professional development.

The principal investigators from the University of Ottawa in the new Max Planck-University of Ottawa Centre will be Professor Paul Corkum, National Research Council-Canada research chair in attosecond photonics, Professor Robert Boyd, Canada excellence research chair in quantum nonlinear optics, and Pierre Berini, University research chair in surface plasmon photonics.

The principal researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light include Professor Gerd Leuchs, director, optics and information, Professor Philip Russell, director, photonic crystal fibres and Professor Vahid Sandoghdar, director, nano-optics.

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