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MPC Board member Paul Corkum awarded the Royal Medal by the U.K.'s Royal Society - July 18th, 2017

On July 18, 2017 our very own Paul Corkum learned he had been awarded the Royal Medal for his major contributions to laser physics and the development of the field of attosecond science. This honour, bestowed annually by the U.K.'s Royal Society dating back to 1826, recognizes the most important contributions to the advancement of natural knowledge by scientists in Britain and Commonwealth nations. Only a handful of Canadians have won the medal up to date. Historically this award has a list of illustrious recipients that includes the likes of Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Lord Kelvin. For further reading please explore the official announcement and an article published by the Globe and Mail.

Second annual meeting of the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics - July 18th-22nd, 2016

The second annual meeting of the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre (MPC) took place at Ringberg Castle near Tegernsee in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps from July 18-22, 2016. A delegation of fourteen researchers from Canada met with the involved groups from MPL and MPQ. Over five days, about forty presentations were given by MPC researchers and PIs as well as other invited guests, reporting on progress of joint work and initiating scientific discussions and new collaborative research projects. In total, over sixty researchers attended the meeting.

Symposium for the Science of Light at MPL - April 24th-26th, 2016

On April 25th and 26th, the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) hosted the IMPRS symposium for the Science of Light. The event was jointly organised by International Max Planck Research Schools for the Physics of Light (IMPRS-PL at MPL) and for Advanced Photon Science (IMPRS-APS at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics) and the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. More than 90 master and PhD students had the opportunity to attend presentations by world-leading experts from different fields in optics, such as photonics, quantum optics, optical imaging and manipulation.

Click this link to visit the symposium website.

First annual meeting of the Max Planck - University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics - October 5th-7th, 2015

On October 5th, 2015 the first official annual meeting of the Max Planck Centre (MPC) was held at the University of Ottawa's main campus in downtown Ottawa. Fifteen researchers from Germany met with the Canadian groups of the MPC. Over three days, thirty presentations were given with the purpose of demonstrating the multiple research topics being explored by the researchers of the MPC, and to initiate scientific discussions and collaborative research projects. In total, over seventy researchers attended the meeting and several research collaborations were initiated in the following months.

Prowess in photonics brings third Max Planck Centre in North America to the uOttawa - May 26th, 2015

The University of Ottawa is proud to announce a formal partnership with the Max Planck Society that will establish the Max Planck-University of Ottawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics. The centre will link two of the world's foremost research teams in the field of photonics and be only the third Max Planck Centre in North America.

Allan Rock, University Ottawa president, was joined by Mona Nemer, vice-president, research, and Ferdi Schüth, vice-president of the Max Planck Society, in the recently inaugurated Advanced Research Complex for the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will put in motion an ambitious research program.

“The University of Ottawa research community is honoured to be part of this historic partnership. The University and the Max Planck Society are both internationally renowned for research excellence in photonics. Deepening our ties means we will foster greater scientific exchange, produce highly qualified people and develop solutions to real-world problems,” said uOttawa’s Nemer.

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.

The Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is considered the foremost basic research institution in Germany. It is named after the Nobel Prize-winning German physicist considered to be the founder of the quantum theory. Since its establishment in 1948, more than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists.

The University of Ottawa is home to an outstanding team of experts in the area of photonics and optics research, as evidenced by our numerous research chairs and awards, including a prestigious Canada Excellence Research Chair, and ten Canada Research Chairs in photonics. The University boasts state-of-the-art research facilities, and over the past several years, our distinctions have also included the Harvey Prize, the Humboldt Research Award, the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering and the King Faisal International Prize for Science.

When Light Turns One-Sided and Single-Edged - February 4th, 2015

Light is a fascinating ‘playground’, which is amazingly rich, especially if its polarization is taken into account. When light is highly confined, for instance, by tight focusing, the polarization can form three-dimensional, spatially varying landscapes leading to complex phase and field distributions as well as extraordinary topologies. One of these 3D topologies might resemble a Möbius strip – a geometrical object that has only one side and one boundary.

Proposed theoretically for intersecting collimated light beams about a decade ago by I. Freund, we now succeeded in experimentally proving the existence of these highly unusual objects for the first time. We created optical polarization Möbius strips in the lab by focusing a superposition of two light beams tightly. Utilizing a recently developed coherent nano-probing approach, we were able to measure the distribution of the electric field in the focal plane with deep sub-wavelength spatial resolution. By retrieving the local polarization ellipses from the electric field information, we unveiled the hidden Möbius strips formed by the ellipse axes.

T. Bauer, P. Banzer, E. Karimi, S. Orlov, A. Rubano, L. Marrucci, E. Santamato, R. W. Boyd, G. Leuchs, Observation of optical polarization Möbius strips, Science, doi:10.1126/science.1260635

Follow this link to the press release by the Max Planck Society.