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awards and distinctions

Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2016-17 of the University of Ottawa, Annual Research Report

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Young Scientist Award 2015 of the IUPAP, Commission on Laser Physics and Photonics (C17) “Fundamental Aspects”

Springer Thesis Award 2015, recognizing outstanding Ph.D. research

Doc.Award 2014 for outstanding doctoral theses (University of Vienna and City of Vienna)

Best Paper Award of the city of Vienna 2013 for „Quantum entanglement of high angular momenta”

 – Quantum entanglement of high angular momenta” named as one of the Top 10 breakthroughs of the year 2012 by IOP’s Physics World.


selected coverage in the media

High-Dimensional Intra-City Quantum Cryptography with Structured Photons
Optica 4, 1006 (2017). DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.4.001006)

High-Dimensional Quantum Encryption Performed in Real-World City Conditions for First Time” – OSA
High-dimensional quantum encryption performed in real-world city conditions for first time” –
The ‘unhackable’ messages that could revolutionize communication: 4D Quantum encryption demonstrated across a city for first time” – dailymail
Ottawa Displays High-Dimensional Quantum Encryption” – photonics
Quantum-encrypted message sent wirelessly in a city for the first time” – silicon republic


High-dimensional quantum cloning and applications to quantum hacking
(Science Advances 3, e1601915 (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601915)

Protecting quantum computing networks against hacking threats” –
Researchers’ quantum hacking machine may help protect against quantum computing hacks” – computerworld
Researchers Uncover Clues To Protect Quantum Computing Networks Against Hackers” – TechTimes


Twisted light transmission over 143 km
(PNAS 113, 13648–13653 (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1612023113)
Quantum entanglement of angular momentum states with quantum numbers up to 10,010
PNAS 113, 13642–13647 (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1616889113)

Twisted light beams sent 143 km across the sea” – physicsworld
Twisted light beams a greeting over a record distance of 143 km” – New Scientist
New records set up with ‘screws of light’” –
Schrauben aus Licht” – pro-physik
Streckenrekord auf den Kanaren” – FAZ (German newspaper)
Wiener Physiker erzielen Rekord bei Verdrehung des Lichts” – derStandard (Austrian newspaper)
Rekorddistanz von gedrehtem Licht“ – ORF (Austrian national network)
“Tordu, un laser a transmis un signal sur 143km” Sciene et Vie (French science magazine, PDF)


Automated Search for new Quantum Experiments
(Physical Review Letters 116, 090405 (2016). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.090405)

Physicists Unleash AI to Devise Unthinkable Experiments” – Scientific American
Quantum experiments designed by machines” –
An Algorithm to Dream Up Quantum Experiments” – Optics & Photonics News, OSA
Computer program dreams up new quantum experiments” – physicsworld
Quantum mechanics is so weird that scientists need AI to design experiments” – c|net
Computer konzipiert Quantenexperimente” – pro-physik
Verflixt originell, der Knabe” – FAZ (German newspaper)
Quantenphysiker lassen Computerprogramm Experimente entwerfen” – derStandard (Austrian newspaper)
Computer entwirft originelle Experimente” – ORF (Austrian national network)
Ein Programm entwirft quantenphysikalische Experimente” Neue ZuercherZeitung (Swiss newspaper)


Multi-photon entanglement in high dimensions
(Nature Photonics 10, 248-252 (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nphoton.2016.12)

Three ‘twisted’ photons in 3 dimensions” –
QUIRKY SCIENCE: Three ‘twisted’ photons in three dimensions” – dailystar (largest daily English newspaper in Bangladesh)
Quantum entanglement: Three twisted light particles uncover a new generation of superfast computers” – International Business Times
Wiener Physiker verschränken Photonen in drei Dimensionen” – derStandard (Austrian newspaper)
Auch Quanten können Pirouetten drehen” – Wiener Zeitung (Austrian newspaper)
Consiguen una nueva forma de enlace cuántico con tres fotones retorcidos” – La Vanguardia (Largest daily Catalan newspaper)


Twisted photon entanglement through turbulent air across Vienna
(PNAS 112, 14197-14201 (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1517574112)

Researchers take two big steps toward quantum computing” –
Two Steps Closer to a Quantum Internet” – IEEE Spectrum


Communication with spatially modulated light through turbulent air across Vienna
(New Journal of Physics 16, 113028 (2014). DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/16/11/113028)

Twisted light beamed across Vienna” – BBC
Twisted light sends Mozart record distance through air” – New Scientist
Twisted light waves sent across Vienna” – IOP news
Scientists transmit twisted light beams over 3km distance” – Times of India (largest-selling English daily newspaper in India)
Experiment in Vienna Shows That Ground-to-Satellite Communication with Twisted Light is Possible” – IEEE Spectrum
Verdrehtes Licht über den Dächern Wiens” – ORF (Austrian national network)
Lichttornados über Wien zur Datenübertragung” – derStandard (Austrian newspaper)
Verdrehtes Laserlicht für gewaltige Datenmengen” – Spektrum der Wissenschaft (German monthly science magazine)
Datentransfer mit Korkenzieher-Licht” – Bild der Wissenschaft (German monthly science magazine)


Generation and confirmation of a (100× 100)-dimensional entangled quantum system
(PNAS 111, 6243-6247 (2014). DOI: 0.1073/pnas.1402365111)

Record quantum entanglement of multiple dimensions” –
Entering the 103rd dimension: Scientists reveal major quantum breakthrough that could lead to ultrafast computers and unbreakable encryption” – dailymail
Quantenverschränkung in 100 Dimensionen” – ORF (Austrian national network)
Hundertfach verschränkt” – pro-physik


Real-time imaging of quantum entanglement
Scientific Reports 3, 1914 (2013). DOI: doi:10.1038/srep01914)

Quantenspuk erstmals gefilmt” – ORF (Austrian national network)
Quantenverschränkung live auf Kamera” – pro-physik


Quantum entanglement of high angular momenta
Science 338, 640-643 (2012). DOI:10.1126/science.1227193)

Quantum entanglement gets extra twist” – CBS
Spooky Quantum Entanglement Gets Extra Twist” – Scientific American
World record for the entanglement of twisted light quanta” –
Spooky action with twisted beams” – IOP news (print)
Wiener Physiker melden Quantenrekord” – ORF (Austrian national network)
Neuer Wiener Quantenweltrekord” – derStandard (Austrian newspaper)
Verschränkung von verdrehten Lichtquanten” – pro-physik (print)