Joint Centre for Extreme Photonics (JCEP)


Ebrahim Karimi elected to Royal Society of Canada
We are pleased to announce that JCEP fellow Ebrahim Karimi was elected to the Royal Society of Canada, as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Only 50 academics are elected to the College each year across Canada from all disciplines.  Prof. Karimi says “This is a true privilege and honour – Many thanks to all (current and past) members of SQO Group, colleagues and supporters (some are here in JCEP), and friends.  Canada is a place to pursue your dreams.  Also a special thanks to University of Ottawa and The National Research Council Canada (NRC).”

JCEP is a joint undertaking between the National Research Council (NRC) and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa).  Started in 2019, its goal is to amplify the research efforts of both organizations in the area of photonics.

“Extreme photonics” refers to the two limits of intensity — high and low.  On the low-intensity side, we use intensities so weak that they contain but a single photon, in the realm of quantum optics.  On the high-intensity side, we use femtosecond lasers whose intensities can ionize atoms and molecules, and can generate XUV attosecond pulses, or create pulses in the terahertz frequency range.