UOP People

 

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Group Leader

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Roberto Morandotti

Roberto Morandotti joined the Institut National de  la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) – Centre Énergie Matériaux et Télécommunications in 2003, as an Associate Professor, becoming full Professor in 2008. He has a broad experience in nonlinear optics, where he has established a remarkable track record during the last five years. In particular, his expertise ranges from the fabrication of micro and nano- photonic structures to the use of various characterization techniques in optics. His recent interests include the study of optical discrete solitons in AlGaAs nonlinear arrays and of spatio-temporal solitons (light bullets) in glass and magneto-optic waveguides, novel materials for optoelectronics, all optical switching at ultra low powers and in the THz regime, etc. He is author/coauthor of more than 250 journal and conference papers, including over 25 articles in PRL and Nature Photonics, as well as over 100 invited papers and seminars. He has served as the general co-chair of the Soliton Workshop (Toronto, Canada 2004), as a Program Chair for Nonlinear Guided Wave 2005 (OSA Topical Meeting, Dresden, Germany), as a General Chair for the Nonlinear Optics Conference associated to Photonics North 2005 (Toronto, Canada)  as well as a General Chair for Nonlinear Photonics 2007 (OSA Topical Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, 2005). In addition, he has served as a committee member for several OSA, SPIE and IEEE conferences.

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Research Associates

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Yoann Jestin

Yoann Jestin received his PhD (2002) in solid state chemistry from the “Université du Maine” (France) working on a project supported by the French National Network in Research and Telecommunications. His work was related to the design, manufacturing and testing of large numerical aperture fluoride based optical fibers for the realization of an optical amplifier prototype working in the S-band telecommunication window. In 2003 he joined the research center on laser and application at the University of Lille as a postdoctoral student to study and characterize semiconductor quantum dots in amorphous thin films. After this period he joined the CNR-IFN (Trento, Italy) with a grant from the local government of province of Trento, to work on the development of ultra-transparent glass ceramics waveguides for the demonstration of an optical single frequency amplifier in the C-band telecommunication window. In 2009 he worked as a researcher at the Bruno Kessler Foundation (Trento, Italy) to conduct research on the micro-fabrication of nanocrystalline based silicon solar cells. Since 2013 he won a mobility fellowship to visit the INRS-EMT and experiment new materials and structures for integrated nonlinear optics.

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Research Technician

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Rob Helsten

Rob Helsten completed a BSc in physics from the University of Waterloo in 2004.  Upon obtaining that degree he relocated to Montreal to study under the supervision of professor Roberto Morandotti.  In 2007 he received a MSc degree for his work entitled “Characterization of the Electro-Optical Effect in CBN Thin Films”. He is currently employed by the UOP group as the research technician.

 

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Post-Doc Fellows

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Riccardo Piccoli

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Riccardo Piccoli received, in July 2009, his Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Pavia (Italy), discussing the thesis: “Characterization of spectral and spatial profile of laser sources”. Then, in 2010, he received a Diploma in Piano from the Academy of Music and, finally, the Master’s Degree in Optoelectronic Engineering in July 2011 defending a thesis on tunable passively mode-locked Yb-doped fiber laser stabilized by spectral filtering supervised by Prof. G. Reali and Prof. A. Agnesi. In novembre 2011 he started a PhD related to the design, development and characterization of ultrafast passively mode-locked Yb-doped oscillators and amplifiers at the same university. He also investigated frequency down conversion in the mid-IR via parametric generation (OPG/OPA) as application of pulsed fiber lasers in MOPA configuration in collaboration with Max Born Institute (Prof. V. Petrov, Berlin). He then did a period abroad at Swansea University (Wales, Uk), Multidipliscinary Nanotechnology Center, under the supervision of Prof. S. Taccheo, where he studied Photodarkening effect in aluminosilicate highly Yb-doped fibers. This research was a part of the european project LIFT (Leadership in Fiber Technology, Grant 228587).

 

Since February 2015, he joined INRS-EMT as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Prof. R. Morandotti and Prof. L. Razzari, where he is investigating Terahertz broadband pulse generation and guiding as well as design and characterization of nanoplasmonic devices.

 

 

 

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Anna Mazhorova

Anna Mazhorova graduated from the Physics Department, M.V. Lomonosov’s Moscow State University, (Division of General Physics and Wave Processes, Moscow, Russia) in January 2009. She received her master Degree with Honors in Physics with the specialization in laser physics and nonlinear optics, defending an experimental thesis titled “Spectral-temporal transformation of the femtosecond laser radiation under filamentation in gaseous media” ( one of the best master thesis in Physics). Her work concerned the design and realization of a new scheme for generation of few cycle (1 optical cycle is 2.7 fs) optical pulses by the filamentation of the intense femtosecond pulses generated from a high power Ti:Sa laser system. This project was done in collaboration with prof. See Leang Chin (Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser (COPL), Université Laval, Québec, Canada). 

In August 2012 she defended her Ph.D. thesis, at Génie Physique, École Polytechnique de Montréal under the supervision of Prof. Maksim Skorobogatiy (Canada Research Chair in Micro and Nano Photonics). The thesis is entitled titled “Fabrication and characterization of fiber optical components for application in guiding, sensing and molding of THz and mid-IR radiation”. In addition, she investigated the possibility of using of THz light for physical, chemical and biochemical sensing.
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Benjamin Wetzel

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.

 

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Fabio Grazioso
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. (www.magiqtech.com). 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.
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Michael Kues

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.

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Oded Yaakobi

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.

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Rafik Naccache

Rafik Naccache (B.Sc. ‘00, M.Sc. ‘07, Ph.D. ‘12) received his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2007 from Concordia University (Montreal), where he also obtained his Ph.D. for a thesis entitled “Colloidal Upconverting Nanoparticle Systems for Integration in Targeting, Therapeutics and Imaging Applications” with a rank of “Outstanding” in both oral and written components. His Ph.D. work focused on the synthesis of lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles with the goal of tailoring and fine-tuning nanoparticle size and physico-chemical properties towards biological applications. During his Ph.D., he investigated novel surface functionalization strategies that allowed for the preparation of multimodal nanoparticles for cancer targeting and therapeutics, as well as multimodal imaging, namely optical and magnetic resonance imaging. His work was highlighted in the May 2010 issue of the magazine ‘Decouvrir’. Dr. Naccache is the recipient of several awards including a university entrance scholarship (1996), NSERC undergraduate industrial research grants through the co-op program (1997, 1998) and an FCAR graduate scholarship (2001). In 2010, he was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell NSERC and FQRNT (declined) graduate scholarships to carry out his Ph.D. studies. In 2012, he was the recipient of both NSERC and FQRNT (declined) PDF awards. In addition, in the fall of 2012, Dr. Naccache was awarded the Governor General Gold Medal for his research contributions during his Ph.D. Studies. Since September of 2012, he has joined Professor Roberto Morandotti’s group at INRS-EMT to carry out his postdoctoral work with a focus on Terahertz imaging applications particularly in the area of skin cancer.

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Yi Hu

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.

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External Affiliates

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Alessia Pasquazi

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.

 

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David Duchesne

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. $$$$$$$$$

 

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Ibraheem Al-Naib

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.

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Lucia Caspani

dsc00145.jpgLucia 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.

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Marcello Ferrera

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.

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Marco Peccianti

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

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Matteo Clerici

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.

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PhD Students

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Alessandro Tomasino

Alessandro Tomasino started his studies in Electronics Engineering at the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2006, gaining its Bachelor Degree (Magna cum Laude) in February 2010. He received its Master Degree (Magna cum Laude) in Electronics and Photonics Engineering in May 2012, from the University of Palermo (Palermo, Italy), defending an experimental thesis titled “Implementation of numerical algorithms to study and simulate optical propagation problems”. In 2013, he worked for one year as Research Collaborator at the University of Palermo, joining the group of Prof. Busacca and dealing with the implementation of an electronic embedded system for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), with applications within the biomedical area. 

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Andrea Rovere

RovereAndrea Rovere started his studies in physics at La Sapienza – University of Rome (Italy) in 2009, and he obtained his Bachelor Degree in December 2012. Then he specialized in condensed matter physics at the same University. Part of the experimental work of his thesis has took place at the National Laboratories of Frascati, under the supervision of the Prof. Stefano Lupi (Department of physics, La Sapienza) and the Dr. Enrica Chiadroni (SPARC-lab, LNF). He achieved the Master Degree in Physics in October 2014, defending an experimental thesis titled “Nonlinear THz Spectroscopy on Topological Insulator”.

In March 2015, he started his PhD studies with a co-supervised thesis between Prof. Luca Razzari and Prof. Roberto Morandotti at the INRS-EMT about the characterization and the development of new Plasmonic structures with main properties in the THz range.

 
Christian Reimer

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.
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Diego Caraffini

Diego Caraffini graduated in particle physics in 2000, at “Università degli studi di Perugia”, where he also obtained his Ph.D. for a thesis titled “Anti-proton Flux Detection and Indirect Search for Dark Matter with the AMS-02 Experiment.” The thesis used the experiment Monte Carlo production, to study the rejection power for misidentified electrons and protons, that constitute the principal background in the measurement of the antiproton flux. The evaluated level of contamination, was used to assess the experiment capability to identify different Super Symmetric Dark Matter signatures as excess components in the cosmic antiproton flux.
During his Ph.D., Dr. Caraffini developed a laser system dedicated to the evaluation “on bench” of the resistance to radiation damage (radiation hardness) of integrated circuits, intended to perform preliminary characterization of alternative components for the experimental apparatus, that was under construction at the time.

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Domenico Bongiovanni

Domenico Bongiovanni obtained his Bachelor and Master degrees in Electronics Engineering at the University of Palermo (Italy), defending a thesis entitled "Silicon Photomultiplier Circuit Model." His thesis work was focused on developing an electrical circuit model  for a silicon photomultiplier, used in nuclear physics. This work was carried out during an internship of two year at the Sensor Design Group of the STMicroelectronics of Catania.  Since September 2011 he is a PhD student at l’Institut National de Recherche Scientifique – Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications (INRS-EMT), under the supervision of Prof. R. Morandotti. His research work aims at investigating the propagation of Airy Beams into nonlinear media.

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Piotr Roztocki

Piotr Roztocki is a physicist with a broad interdisciplinary background, interested in applied and fundamental research in the fields of nonlinear, integrated, and quantum optics. Piotr graduated with distinction in May 2014 from McMaster University in Hamilton (Canada) with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Integrated Science & Physics. This mixed degree offered him the opportunity to focus his studies on physics and photonics, while also providing considerable exposure to other disciplines (biology, chemistry, geology, etc.) valuable in bridging optics to its industrial applications. Piotr was the recipient of two NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards, holding research positions at Ryerson University (2012) and the University of Toronto (2013). His work in medical physics, focused on accounting for respiratory motion during radiotherapy (Prof. Emily Heath), and his work in quantum information, focused on numerical approaches to measurement device independent quantum key distribution (Prof. Hoi-Kwong Lo) have been recognized on a national and international scale at undergraduate conferences. 


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Master Students

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Holger Breitenborn

Holger Breitenborn graduated in 2002 from the University of Applied Science in Zwickau, Germany with a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management. The main focus of his study laid not only on physics, engineering, and quality control but also on business, finance, and management. Moreover, Holger graduated from the Dresden International University in 2006 with a Master of Business Administration. From 2007 to 2014, Holger has gained professional experience in a scientific surrounding by working as Innovation Manager at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena, Germany which conducts application-oriented research in the field of optical system engineering. During these years, he has developed a strong interest in optical technology and engineering.
In May 2014, Holger joined INRS-EMT as a Master’s student under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Morandotti, where he is investigating plasmonic heating and temperature sensing in the Terahertz regime useful for thermometry and imaging technologies. In particular, his research topic is be related to domains including detection, spectroscopy and imaging and is based on the engineering and fabrication of a prototype for the photonics industry.

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Manoj Mridha

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.

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