Professor Ebrahim Karimi received his diploma in Mathematics and Physics from Eghbal Lahori (Saghez) in 1997. He fell in love with physics and mathematics as a high school student while attending several national physics conferences. He received a B. Sc. in Physics with emphasis in mathematics from Kerman University in 2001. He joined the mathematical physics group in IASBS for the graduate study and was ranked 18th among all incoming students. He later changed his research focus and graduated under the supervision of Prof. Arashmid Nahal “Laser Cooling and Trapping of Natural Atoms” in 2002 Prof. Yousuf SOBOUTI was his graduate advisor. During that time he also worked on Singular Optics with Prof. Mohammad Taghi Tavassoli and Prof. H. M. Khalesifard.  In 2009, he received Ph.D. degree from the University of Naples “Federico II”, under supervision of Prof. Lorenzo Marrucci and Prof. Enrico Santamato.  He received the best Ph.D. thesis award for his thesis titled “Light orbital angular momentum and its application on the classical and quantum information“. After his Ph.D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow under Phorbitech FET project (led by Prof. Lorenzo Marrucci), and in Prof. Robert Boyd’s Quantum Optics group. Prof Ebrahim Karimi is currently holding the Canada Research Chair in the field of Structured Light, and is the group leader of Structural Quantum Optics (SQO) at the University of Ottawa. He is also an adjunct professor at IASBS-Iran, a visiting professor at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light at Erlangen-Germany, and is an Associate Editor of Optics Express (The Optical Society-OSA) and New Journal of Physics (IOPscience). Applications of structured quantum waves (massive and massless particles) in modern science are the main subject of his research team.


Ebrahim Karimi,
Room 463 ARC building
Office: +1 (613) 562-5800 Ext. 7883


  1. Structured Quantum Projectiles arXiv:1809.09182.
  2. Generation of electron vortices using non-exact electric fields arXiv:1809.07613.
  3. Generation and control of an ultrafast electron vortex beam via chiral plasmonic near-fields arXiv:1806.00366. 
  4. Electron beam shaping: how to control the e-beam propagation along atomic columns arXiv:1808.07286
  5. Mapping complex polarization states of light on a solid, Optics Letters 43, 5757-5760 (2018).
  6. Reconstructing the topology of optical polarization knots, Nature Physics 14, 1079 (2018). (On news outlet: link1link2, link3, link4, link5)
  7. Quantum cryptography with twisted photons through an outdoor underwater channelOptics Express 26, 22563-22573 (2018).
  8. Quantum cryptography with structured photons through a vortex fiber, Optics Letters 43, 4108 (2018).
  9. Round-Robin Differential Phase-Shift Quantum Key Distribution with Twisted Photons, Physical Review A96, 010301(R) (2018).
  10. Towards an integrated AlGaAs waveguide platform for phase and polarisation shapingJournal of Optics 20, 05LT01 (2018).
  11. ‘Twisted’ electrons, Contemporary Physics 59, 126 (2018).
  12. Twisting neutrons may reveal their internal structureNature Physics 14, 1–2 (2018).
  13. Interaction-Free Ghost-Imaging of Structured Objects arXiv:1711.09171.
  14. Phase retrieval of an electron vortex beam using diffraction holography, Applied Physics Letters 111, 223101 (2017).
  15. Quantum metrology at the limit with extremal Majorana constellations, Optica 4, 1429 (2017).
  16. Observation of nanoscale magnetic fields using twisted electron beams, Nature Communications8, 689 (2017).
  17. High-Dimensional intra-city quantum cryptography with structured photonsOptica 4, 1006 (2017). (On news outlet: link1link2link3link4link5)
  18. Towards a holographic approach to spherical aberration correction in scanning transmission electron microscopy, Optics Express 18, 21851 (2017).
  19. Experimental investigation of Popper’s proposed ghost-diffraction experiment, Journal of Optics 19, 104002 (2017).
  20. Polarization dependent nanostructuring of silicon with femtosecond vortex pulse APL Photonics 2, 086104 (2017). 
  21. General lossless spatial polarization transformations, Journal of Optics 19, 094003 (2017).
  22. Experimental ladder proof of Hardy’s nonlocality for high-dimensional quantum systems, Physical Review A 96, 022115 (2017).
  23. Generalized optical angular momentum sorter and its application to high-dimensional quantum cryptography, Optics Express 25, 19832 (2017).
  24. Measuring the orbital angular momentum spectrum of an electron beam, Nature Communications 8, 15536 (2017).
  25. Controlling the orbital angular momentum of high harmonic vortices, Nature Communications 8, 14970 (2017).
  26. A new twist on relativistic electron vortices, Physics Viewpoint 10, 26 (2017).
  27. Realization of electron vortices with large orbital angular momentum using miniature holograms fabricated by electron beam lithographyApplied Physics Letters 110, 093113 (2017).
  28. Observation of subluminal twisted light in vacuum: reply, Optica 4, 207-208 (2017).
  29. Roadmap on structured lightJournal of Optics 19, 013001 (2017).
  30. Revealing optical vortices with a small number of photonsLaser & Photonic Review 1-6 (2016).
  31. Arbitrary optical wavefront shaping via spin-to-orbit couplingJournal of Optics 18, 124002 (2016).
  32. High-dimensional quantum cloning and applications to quantum hacking, Science Advances 3, e1601915  (2017). (On news outlet: link1link2link3link4link5)
  33. Polarization shaping for control of nonlinear propagation, Physical Review Letters 117, 233903 (2016).
  34. Nondestructive measurement of orbital angular momentum for an electron beam, Physical Review Letters 117, 154801 (2016).
  35. Super-critical phasematching for photon pair generation in structured light modesOptics Express 24, 24495 (2016).
  36. Hong-Ou-Mandel interference of entangled Hermite-Gauss modesPhysical Review A 94, 033855 (2016).
  37. Tighter spots of light with superposed orbital angular momentum beamsPhysical  Review A 94,021803(R) (2016).
  38. Quantum probabilities from quantum entanglement: Experimentally unpacking the Born ruleNew Journal of Physics 18, 053013 (2016).
  39. Generation and Application of Bessel Beams in Electron Microscopy, Ultramicroscopy 166, 48 (2016).
  40. Observation of sub-luminal twisted light in vacuumOptica 3, 351 (2016). (On news outlet: link1link2link3link4link5)
  41. Classical entanglement? Science 350, 1172 (2015).
  42. Quantifying the impact of proximity error correction on plasmonic metasurfaces, Optical Materials Express 5, 2798 (2015).
  43. Observation of quantum recoherence of photons by spatial propagationScientific Reports 5, 15330 (2015).
  44. Experimental realization of quantum tomography of photonic qudits via symmetric informationally complete positive operator-valued measures, Physical Review X 5, 041006 (2015).
  45. Q-plate enabled spectrally diverse orbital-angular-momentum conversion for stimulated emission depletion microscopy, Optica 2, 900 (2015).
  46. Dynamics of laser-induced radial birefringence in silver-doped glasses, Optics Letters 40, 4062 (2015).
  47. Real-time imaging of spin-to-orbital angular momentum hybrid remote state preparation, Physical  Review A 92, 022321 (2015).
  48. Structured Quantum Waves, Nature Physics 11, 629 (2015).
  49. Quantum walks and quantum simulation of wavepacket dynamics with twisted photons, Science Advances 1, e1500087 (2015).
  50. Real-time imaging of photonic quantum teleportation, SPIE Newsroom February (2015).
  51. Q-Plates as higher order polarization controllers for orbital angular momentum modes of fiber, Optics Letters 40, 1729 (2015).
  52. 4 X 20 Gbit/s mode division multiplexing over free space using vector modes and a q-plate mode (de)multiplexer, Optics Letters 40, 1980 (2015).
  53. Experimental measurement of the self-healing of the spatially inhomogeneous states of polarization of radially and azimuthally polarized vector Bessel beams,  Journal of Optics 17, 035617 (2015).
  54. Observation of optical polarization Möbius strips, Science (2015). (On Media PhysicsWorldNew ScientistPhotonicsOptics and Photonics News)
  55. Ten years of Nature Physics: Slowly but surelyNature Physics 11, 15 (2015). [PDF.
  56. Holographic generation of highly twisted electron beamsPhysical Review Letters,  114, 034801 (2015). [PDF] (Highlighted by Physical Review Focus)
  57. Achromatic orbital angular momentum generatorNew journal of Physics 16, 123006 (2014). [PDF] (Research Highlights by Nature Photonics)
  58. Real-time imaging of spin-to-orbital angular momentum quantum state teleportation, arXiv:1404.7573, (2014). (Science News)
  59. Optical spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion in ultra-thin metasurfaces with arbitrary topological chargesApplied Physics Letters,  105, 101905 (2014). [PDF].
  60. Radial quantum number of Laguerre-Gauss modesPhysical Review A  89,  063813 (2014). [PDF]
  61. Generating optical orbital angular momentum at visible wavelengths using a plasmonic metasurfaceLight: Science & Applications 3, e167 (2014). [PDF
  62. Limitations to the determination of a Laguerre-Gauss spectrum via projective, phase-flattening measurement, Journal of the Optical Society of America B 31, A20 (2014). [PDF
  63. Hardy’s paradox tested in the spin-orbit Hilbert space of single photonsPhysical Review A  89,  032122 (2014). [PDF]
  64. Highly-efficient electron vortex beams generated by nanofabricated phase hologramsApplied Physics Letters  104, 043109 (2014). [PDF] (Nature News and Views)
  65. Generation of nondiffracting electron Bessel beamsPhysical Review X  4, 011013 (2014). [PDF]
  66. Exploring the quantum nature of radial degree of freedom of a photon via Hong-Ou-Mandel interferencePhysical Review A  89,  013829 (2014). [PDF]
  67. Generation of a spin-polarized electron beam by multipoles magnetic fieldsUltramicroscopy  138,  22 (2014). [PDF]
  68. Tunable supercontinuum light vector vortex beam generator using a q-plateOptics Letters 37,  5083 (2013). [PDF]
  69. Influence of generalized focusing of few-cycle Gaussian pulses in attosecond pulse generationOptics Express 21, 24991 (2013). [PDF]
  70. [US patent] Converter of orbital momentum into spin momentum for the polarization of particle beamsPatent no. US20130168577 (2013). [PDF]
  71. Test of mutually unbiased bases for six-dimensional photonic quantum systemsScientific Reports 3, 2726 (2013). [PDF]
  72. Exact solution to simultaneous intensity and phase encryption with a single phase-only hologramOptics Letters 38, 3546 (2013). [PDF]
  73. Violation of Leggett-type inequalities in the spin-orbit degrees of freedom of a single photonPhysical Review A 88, 032101 (2013). [PDF]
  74. Integrated multi vector vortex beam generatorOptics Express 21, 16130 (2013). [PDF]
  75. Quantum simulation of a spin polarization device in an electron microscopeNew journal of Physics 15, 093026 (2013). [PDF]
  76. Reconstructing the Poynting vector skew angle and wave-front of optical vortex beams via two-channel moiré deflectometeryOptics Letters 38, 887 (2013). [PDF]
  77. Generation and dynamics of optical beams with polarization singularitiesOptics Express 21, 8815 (2013). [PDF]
  78. Radial coherent and intelligent states of paraxial wave equationOptics Letters 37, 2484 (2012). [PDF]
  79. Photonic quantum information applications of patterned liquid crystalsMol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 561, 48 (2012). [PDF]
  80. Spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion and spin-polarization filtering in electron beamsPhysical Review Letters 108, 044801 (2012). [PDF] (On Media 1234)
  81. Polarization pattern of vector vortex beams generated by q-plates with different topological chargesApplied Optics 52, C1 (2012). (Invited) [PDF]
  82. Time-division multiplexing of the orbital angular momentum states of lightOptics Letters 37, 127 (2012). [PDF]
  83. [Patent] Convertitore di momento orbitale in momento di spin per la polarizzazione di fasci di particellePatent application Italy nr. TO2011A001161 (2011).
  84. Laser-induced radial birefringence and spin-to-orbital optical angular momentum conversion in silver-doped glassesApplied Physics Letters 99, 011113 (2011). [PDF]
  85. Vortex stability and permanent flow in nonequilibrium polariton condensatesJournal of Applied Physics 109, 102406 (2011). [PDF]
  86. Spin-to-orbital conversion of the angular momentum of light and its classical and quantum applicationsJournal of Optics 13, 064001 (2011). (Invited) [Highlighted paper] [PDF]
  87. Efficient generation and control of higher order orbital angular momentum states for communication linksJournal of the Optical Society of America A 28, 65 (2011). [PDF]
  88. Self Induced spin to orbital conversion in TGG crystal at high powerPhysical Review A 82, 043806 (2010). [PDF]
  89. Spin-orbit hybrid entanglement of photons and quantum contextualityPhysical Review A 82, 022115 (2010). [PDFErratum:Physical Review A 84,  019904(E) (2011). [PDF]
  90. Photonic quantum information applications of patterned liquid crystalsMol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 256, 108 (2010). [PDF]
  91. Optical induced vortices and persistent currents in polariton condensatesJ.  Phys: Conf. Ser. 210, 012023 (2010). [PDF]
  92. Polarization-controlled evolution of light transverse modes and associated Pancharatnam geometric phase in orbital angular momentumPhysical Review A 81, 053813 (2010). [PDF]
  93. Optimal quantum cloning of orbital angular momentum photon qubits via Hong-Ou-Mandel coalescence, Nature Photonics 3  720 (2009). [PDF] (On Media 1)
  94. Universal unitary gate for single-photon spinorbit four dimension statesPhysical Review A 80, 022326 (2009). [PDF]
  95. Polarization control of single photon quantum orbital angular momentum statesOptics Express 17, 18745 (2009). [PDF]
  96. Efficient generation and sorting of orbital angular momentum eigenmodes of light by thermally tuned q-platesApplied Physics Letters 94, 231124 (2009). [PDF]
  97. Quantum information transfer from spin to orbital angular momentum of photonsPhysical Review Letters 103, 013601 (2009). [PDF]
  98. Quantum interference by coherence transfer from spin to orbital angular momentum of photonsProceedings of SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering 7355, 735507 (2009). [PDF]
  99. Light propagation in a birefringent plate with topological chargeOptics Letters 34, 1225 (2009). [PDF]
  100. Improved focusing with Hypergeometric-Gaussian type-II optical modesOptics Express 16,  21069 (2008). [PDF]
  101. Non-Hermitian Interaction of Matter and LightPhysica Scripta 78, 065002 (2008). [PDF]
  102. Mapping of shape invariant potentials by the point canonical transformationInt. J. Theor. Phys. 47, 891 (2008). [PDF]
  103. [Book] Optics and Quantum mechanics, Translation Book (in persian), Danesh-Negar publisher Tehran (2007). Nominated as the best physics book in 2008.
  104. Hypergeometric-Gaussian Modes, Optics Letters 32,  3053 (2007). [PDF]
  105. Algebraic approach to the Hulthen potential, Int. J. Theor. Phys. 46, 1381 (2007). [PDF]
  106. Algebraic approach to the Kratzer potentialPhysica Scripta 75, 90 (2007). [PDF]
  107. Spectral modification by line singularity in Fresnel diffraction from 1D phase stepOptics Communication 255, 23 (2005). [PDF]