In broad terms, the goal of my research is to develop new capabilities in the field of photonics. Photonics is the field of research that is aimed at controlling the properties of light for useful applications.
From my research point of view, the work that I'm most proud of is my research over the past eight years on controlling the velocity of light pulses. This work is of interest both from a conceptual point of view that one can control the velocity of light in this manner, and from a practical point of view in that it leads to the development of new devices for use in optical technology.
The University of Ottawa and more generally, the Ottawa area, already has a large group of photonic scientists conducting robust research in the area of photonics. I feel that by joining forces with them, we can put together a research program of unparalleled excellence on the world stage.
What has attracted me to Canada is the CERC program itself. With the level of funding that has been made available, I feel there is nothing holding me back from accomplishing my research goals.
The ability to control the properties of light have enormous implications in many areas of science and technology. For example, the outcomes of our research could have very important implications for optical telecommunication, for the development of diagnostics for biomedical research, and for the creation of solar energy cells with higher efficiency.