Past, Current & Future Team Members

Our team consists of Master's students, Doctoral students, and others.

Current Team
Future Members

Current Team Members

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Heide Ibrahim

Growing up in Egypt and Germany, Heide studied photo-engineering at the University of applied science in Cologne, Germany. After gaining industrial experience at Carl-Zeiss in Oberkochen, Germany, she received her PhD in Physics at the Freie Universtät in Berlin on the coherent control of halogens embedded in rare-gas matrices. She then moved on to the IMS (Institute of Molecular Science) in Okazaki, Japan to work on molecular holography for potential energy surface reconstructions.

Coming to Canada she entered a joint project between INRS-ÉMT and McGill University on dynamic transmission electron microscopy with nanoscale temporal and spatial resolution. Now she studies the ultrafast dynamics of simple and complex systems with atomic resolution using different techniques such as high harmonic spectroscopy or Coloumb explosion imaging. As an example, the latter was used to show in a molecular movie proton migration in the acetylene cation that leads to the isomerization of vinylidene. Heide always enjoys to play with light, be it in the development of new laser sources based on nonlinear interactions in the frequency domain, or photography of bigger objects outside of the lab.

Philippe Lassonde

Philippe Lassonde is a research assistant working in ALLS since 2009. He is originally from Québec City, where he studied engineering physics in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Optics at Université Laval. In 2007, he moved to Montréal to complete a Master's degree in physics at INRS under the supervision of Professor Jean-Claude Kieffer. During this degree, he studied the interaction of high intensity ultrashort pulses with dielectric materials and cornea tissues. Since then, he has been working towards the development and applications of femtosecond laser sources in ALLS.

Antoine Laramée

Antoine Laramée grew up in Laval, and received a Technical Diploma degree in physics from LaPocatière College in LaPocatière, QC, Canada, in 2003. He then worked with an industry developing and assembling laser diode source. He began working as a Research Technician at the Advanced Laser Light Source, Varennes, QC, in 2008, operating, maintaining, and installing femtosecond and YAG laser sources, as well as characterizing them. In his free time, he enjoys playing music, watching television series and doing outdoors activities.

Ojoon Kwon

Ojoon Kwon was born, and grew up, in South Korea. He was awarded a Bachelor's degree in physics as well as a PhD in physics at POSTECH, in Pohang, South Korea . His expertise during graduate school was, but not limited to, experimental strong field interaction of solids. Since April, 2018, he has continued his research career at ALLS in INRS-ÉMT. His research covers phase transition dynamics of strongly correlated materials. He is a baseball fan as well as a vigorous traveller, but nowadays he spends most of his free time with his family since the birth of his son.

Katherine Légaré

Katherine Légaré is originally from Trois-Rivières. In 2016, she concluded her Bachelor in Physics at the Université de Sherbrooke. Having discovered optics after the completion of three undergraduate research internships, she started a Master’s at INRS-ÉMT on the subject of ultrafast optical demagnetization. She is still working on this project after an accelerated passage from Master to doctorate. Outside the lab, she enjoys camping and stargazing on summer nights.

Derrek Wilson

Derrek Wilson is from Verdella, Missouri. He received his bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 2012. Afterward he began his doctoral studies, also in physics, at Kansas State University under the guidance of Professor Carlos Trallero-Herrero (now at the University of Connecticut). During his PhD, Derrek studied strong field physics in both solids and gases using his expertise in few-cycle, long-wave infrared generation. Upon graduation in 2018, he moved to Montréal and started working jointly with François Légaré’s group and few-cycle Inc., a spin-off company working on the commercial development of ultrafast strong-field light sources. Derrek’s predominant role in ALLS and few-cycle is to develop novel ultrafast amplifiers based on Frequency Optical Parametric Amplification and Optical Parametric Chirped-Pulse Amplification. In his spare time, Derrek enjoys traveling to new places, spending time outdoors, and drinking tea while listening to jazz and watching the snow fall down.

Elissa Haddad

Elissa Haddad grew up in the Montréal area. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in engineering physics from École Polytechnique in Montréal. After starting a Master’s degree at INRS, she did a fast track to PhD and is currently working on studying ultrafast processes in solids in real time using high harmonic generation. In her free time, Elissa enjoys playing board games, reading detective novels, and travelling to discover different cultures and learn new languages.

Reza Safaei

Reza Safaei was born in Isfahan, Iran. He obtained a Bachelor's degree in physics as well as a Master's degree in Photonics at Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran. His primary research was on electron transportation and spintronics. When he was a research assistant at the University of Malaya, Reza performed research and development on the design and construction of fiber laser cavities and amplifiers. Since arriving at INRS, Reza has been involved in several research projects corresponding to high harmonics generation (HHG) applications such as coherent diffraction imaging (CDI). Furthermore, he has performed some particularly interesting research on low energy pulse compression. For his Ph.D. project, he is working on studying the phase transition in strongly correlated material when driven by ultrashort pulses in order to improve the understanding of strong field phenomena in solids. Reza enjoys playing chess and watching movies in his spare time and he is a fan of outdoor activities like camping.

Alborz Ehteshami

Alborz Ehteshami is from Tehran, Iran. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electronics with a major in nanotechnology from Multimedia University in Malaysia. His previous research was on perovskite solar cells and nanomaterials. On May 2018, he joined the ALLS team and his current research is on the development of a customized time-resolved characterization technique for nonlinear microscopy system. He enjoys watching series and soccer.

Mayank Kumar

Mayank Kumar is from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh (India). He graduated in May 2018 from Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, with majors in Physics. While pursuing the BS-MS dual degree programme at IISER Pune, he worked on projects in the regime of applications of light-matter interaction across several disciplines. He has previously worked at IISER Pune, TIFR Mumbai, IITM Pune, as well as EMBL Heidelberg. Since Sep 2019, he is part of Francois Legare's group at INRS-EMT as a PhD Student. He will be working on the development of mid-IR supercontinuum sources based on Frequency-domain nonlinear optics. Besides his interests in optics, he loves to play basketball and badminton as well as travelling around to explore new places.

Arash Aghigh

Arash is from Tehran, Iran. After high school he moved to Malaysia and got his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics with a major in nanotechnology. His primary research during his bachelor was graphene-based water desalination. Afterwards, he got interested in optics and photonics and moved to Germany and did his Masters in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology majoring in biophotonics. During his master project, he worked on volumetric calcium imaging of the RIS network in C. elegans. He joined the microscopy lab group of François Légaré in 2019 to work on biomedical and neuronal non-linear microscopy imaging. In his spare time, he enjoys watching series, cooking, reading on different subjects and going for walks.

Adrien Longa

Adrien Longa arrived in François Légaré's group 1 year ago as a PhD student. Before that, he studied in the Paris region. He did his preparatory classes in Marcelin Berthelot and got his master’s degree from Institute d’Optique Graduate School (IOGS) afterwards. He did an exchange program on his last year at IOGS and studied in Politechnika in Warsaw. During his studies, he worked as an intern in some laser companies like Coherent and Eolite. Adrien came to INRS-EMT to work on pulse post-compression using large diameter hollow core fiber.When he is not in the lab, he enjoys doing outdoor sports like kitesurfing, slacklining, snowboarding, surfing or climbing and traveling to new places.

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Maxime Pinsard

Maxime Pinsard is a French PhD student that arrived in Québec only 3 years ago. Prior to this, he studied in the Paris region: he did prep classes in Saint-Louis and attended the engineering school ESPCI Paris in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Over the last year, he has worked on a double degree with Institut d'Optique in the Paris-Saclay university, which resulted in a Master's degree in Laser, Optics and Matter and an engineering degree from Institut d'Optique and ESPCI Paris. Maxime came to INRS-ÉMT to work on biomedical imaging for biological tissue characterization using microscopy coupled with ultra-short pulsed lasers.

In his spare time he enjoys doing sports like triathlon, skating, skiing, and hiking. He also enjoys reading about natural sciences, politics, history, and volunteering for environmental and energetic transition organizations.

Vincent Cardin

Vincent obtained his Master's in Physics from the University of Montréal, and is currently a doctoral candidate in the science of energy and materials at INRS, in the greater Montréal area. His three primary fields of research are the post-compression of short pulses, the generation of coherent X-rays, and the analysis of ultrafast dynamics in condensed matter. His graduate-level research is supported by NSERC (Alexander Graham-Bell Scholarship, CGS M and CGS D), and also jointly by few-cycle Inc. and Mitacs through their Accelerate program.

Adrien Leblanc

Adrien Leblanc completed his PhD in laser-plasma interaction physics in October 2016, at CEA Saclay (LIDyL), France. He studied the generation of attosecond pulses and relativistic electron beams emitted from plasma mirrors under ultraintense laser illumination.

Since the beginning of 2017, he has been working at ALLS on high harmonic generation in solids from long-wavelength fields with the help of a Banting postdoctoral grant followed by a European Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship with collaboration at the CELIA laboratory, Bordeaux, France.

Future Members