I worked in the SQO group for a little over 2 years, from January 2013 to April 2015, and it was the best experience I had in my undergrad. Throughout my time there the group was filled with intelligent and hard working people that helped me grow as an experimentalist and theoretician. The only problem with the group that I can think of is that Ebrahim has too many ideas!
Nicolas Bent is studying a Master’s (MSc) in Neuroscience at McGill university.
Nicolas Bent is a 5th year undergraduate student at the University of Ottawa currently studying Physics with a specialization in Mathematics. In the summer of 2012 he held an NSERC with Professor Zaynullin which focused on Reflections and Orthogonal groups. He began with Robert Boyd’s group in the winter of 2013 and went on to hold an NSERC in quantum information theory with the supervision of Ebrahim Karimi. Throughout his time in Robert Boyd’s group Nicolas has focused on quantum optics, specifically Orbital Angular Momentum of light and how this can be used in novel ways for quantum information theory. Currently Nicolas is completing his honours project on Bell’s Inequality on Continuos Bounded Variables. 


  1. Observation of quantum recoherence of photons by spatial propagation, F Bouchard, J Harris, H Mand, N Bent, E Santamato, R W Boyd, and E Karimi, Scientific Reports 5, 15330 (2015).
  2. Experimental Realization of Quantum Tomography of Photonic Qudits via Symmetric Informationally Complete Positive Operator-Valued Measures, N. Bent, H. Qassim, A. A. Tahir, D. Sych, G. Leuchs, L. L. Sánchez-Soto, E. Karimi, and R. W. Boyd, Physical Review X 5, 041006 (2015).
  3. Exploring the quantum nature of the radial degree of freedom of a photon via Hong-Ou-Mandel interference, E Karimi, D Giovannini, E Bolduc, N Bent, F M Miatto, M J Padgett, and R W Boyd, Physical Review A 89, 013829 (2014). 
  4. Exact solution to simultaneous intensity and phase encryption with a single phase-only hologram, E Bolduc, N Bent, E Santamato, E Karimi, and R W Boyd, Optics Letters 38, 3546 (2013).