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  • Robert Boyd gives an invited talk at the Royal Society of London (link)

  • Robert Boyd was appointed as a IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer a second year in a row! (link)

  • Robert Boyd was awarded the 2016 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science for his to recognize outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. (link)

  • Robert Boyd was awarded the 2016 Charles Hard Townes Award by the Optical Society of America for fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials. (link)

  • Our article titled “Beyond the effective index method: improved accuracy for 2D simulations of photonic crystal waveguides” was selected by the editors of Journal of Optics as a Highlight of 2015. (link)



  • Robert Boyd presents his view on Charles Townes’ legacy at a meeting of former Townes Ph.D. students (link)
  • Check out this video produced by the Canada Excellence Research Chair program! (link)
  • Announcing the 2015 edition of the Schawlow-Townes Symposium on Photonics (More here!)
  • Dr. Gerd Leuchs and Dr. Robert Boyd invited for Max-Planck-Forum in Berlin on Quantum Cryptography (link)
  • Physics world news article on our research on Twisted light (link)
  • Sad News: Nobel laureate and laser inventor Charles Townes dies at 99 (link)
    • His obituary, written by Professor Boyd as his student, colleague and friend (link)



  • Prof. Robert Boyd won the 2014 IEEE Quantum Electronics award for his contributions to nonlinear optics, including room temperature slow light and the nonlinear optics of composite materials (link)
  • Marie-Claude Dicaire, member of Robert Boyd’s research team at the University of Ottawa, won the 2014 IEEE Ottawa Photonics Student Best Paper Award.
  • Robert Boyd is awarded honorary doctorate by University of Glasgow (link)
  • Robert Boyd’s contributions honored with election to SPIE Fellowship (link)
  • uOttawa officially opens the Advanced Research Complex (link)
  • University of Ottawa researchers get $1.6M in funding boost, January 9, 20214 (link)

Möbius strip

  • Orbital angular momentum Broadband Generation (link
  • How to twist light into a Möbius strip (link)
  • Möbius strips of light made for the first time (link)
  • Möbius strips of light created (link)
  • Generating Mobius strips of light (link)

Other Research Breakthroughs

  • Big Twist for Electron Beam (link)
  • Duality principle is “safe and sound”: Researchers clear up apparent violation of quantum mechanics’ wave-particle duality (link)
  • Next-gen quantum teleportation in just 2 photons (link)
  • Nature News & View:  Bright electron twisters (link)
  • Physicists see 27th dimension of photons, January 29, 2014 (link)
  • Physicists scoop information from Schrödinger’s cat box, January 21, 2014 (link)


  • Mohammad Mirhosseini, member of Robert Boyd’s research team at University of Rochester, won the Emil Wolf prize, October 21, 2013 (link)
  • First weak measurements made on optical polarization states, March 11, 2013 (link)
  • Research Breakthrough: uOttawa Physicist Makes First Direct Measurements Of Quantum States Of Light, March 5, 2013 (link)
  • Exploiting Subtleties in the Uncertainty Principle, March 3, 2013 (link)
  • Schrödinger’s Cat could be visible after all, March 4, 2013 (link)
  • Scientists discover a way around Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, March 4, 2013 (link)
  • Canadian researchers take a sneak peek at Schrödinger’s Cat and a step toward a quantum computer, March 4, 2013 (link)



  • University of Ottawa aims to become ‘photonics world capital’, October 16. 2012 (link)
  • Work on research complex begins, New $57-million University of Ottawa building to be ‘world class’, October 4 2012 (link)
  • Ground breaks for new Ottawa research complex, October 3, 2012 (link)
  • The Advanced Research Complex—Fostering innovation in photonics and geoscience, September 2012 (link)

Research Breakthroughs

  • Quantum Imaging Technique Heralds Unjammable Aircraft Detection, December 14, 2012 (link)
  • Warning, speedsters: you can’t fool quantum radar, December 14. 2012 (link)
  • Quantum imaging could be the end of radar jamming, December 14. 2012 (link)



  • Israel De Leon wins Governor General’s Gold Academic Medal, October 14 2011 (link)
  • Making Ottawa the Photonics Capital of the World, April 23 2011 (link)
  • Robert Boyd gets profiled by Ottawa Magazine, September 2010 (link)
  • University recruits American expert to help establish world-class photonics research centre, May 2010 (link)
  • World leader in photonics chooses uOttawa, May 2011 (link)
  • Canada Excellence Research Chair in Quantum Nonlinear Optics (link)

Research Breakthroughs

  • Slowing Light to the Speed of Sound, July 12 2011 (link)
  • Scientists drag light by slowing it to the speed of sound, July 8 2011 (link)
  • Slowing the Speed of Light to a Crawl, July 7 2011 (link)
  • Scientists drag light by slowing it to speed of sound, July 6 2011 (link)
  • Rotating cylinder puts a new spin on slow light, July 5 2011 (link)