Research Officer

Frédéric Bouchard

Dr. Frédéric Bouchard verifies the alignment of his quantum switching experiment in the Ultrafast Quantum Photonics Lab. He is a Research Officer in the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre.
Frédéric Bouchard (Ph. D.), agent de recherches au Centre de recherche sur les technologies de sécurité et de rupture, s’assure que les composantes de son expérience en commutation quantique sont bien alignées au laboratoire de photonique quantique ultrarapide.




Frédéric Bouchard is a Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada. He completed his PhD in quantum optics at the University of Ottawa, with a focus on quantum cryptography and high-dimensional quantum information. He joined the Security and Disruptive Technologies Research Centre of the National Research Council in 2019 as a Research Associate working on photonic quantum information processing and became a Research Officer in 2022.


  1. M Eriksson, AZ Goldberg, M Hiekkamäki, F Bouchard, G Leuchs, R Fickler, LL Sanchez-Soto “Sensing rotations with multiplane light conversion,” Physical Review Applied 20, 024052 (2023).
  2. G. S. Thekkadath, D. England, F. Bouchard, Y. Zhang, M. S. Kim, B. Sussman “Intensity interferometry for holography with quantum and classical light,” Science Advances 9, eadh1439 (2023).
  3. F. Bouchard, K. Bonsma-Fisher, K. Heshami, P. J. Bustard, D. England, B. Sussman “Measuring ultrafast time-bin qudits,” Phys. Rev. A 107, 022618 (2023).
  4. F. Bouchard, D. England, P. J. Bustard, K. Heshami, B. Sussman “Quantum communication with ultrafast time-bin qubits,” PRX Quantum 3, 010332 (2022).
  5. M. Hiekkamäki, F. Bouchard, R. Fickler “Photonic angular superresolution using twisted N00N states,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 263601 (2021).
  6. D. England, F. Bouchard, K. Fenwick, K. Bonsma-Fisher, Y. Zhang, P. J. Bustard, B. J. Sussman “Perspectives on all-optical Kerr switching for quantum optical applications,” Applied Physics Letters 119, 160501 (2021).
  7. L. Kopf, J. Ruano, M. Hiekkamäki, T. Stolt, M. J. Huttunen, F. Bouchard, R. Fickler “Spectral vector beams for high-speed spectroscopic measurements,” Optica 8, 930 (2021).
  8. F. Tamburini, B. Thidé, I. Licata, F. Bouchard, E. Karimi “Majorana bosonic quasiparticles from twisted photons in free space,” Physical Review A 3, 033505 (2021).
  9. F. Bouchard, D. England, P. J. Bustard, K. L. Fenwick, E. Karimi, K. Heshami, B. Sussman “Achieving ultimate noise tolerance in quantum communication,” Physical Review Applied 15, 024027 (2021).
  10. F. Bouchard, A. Sit, Y. Zhang, R. Fickler, F. M. Miatto, Y. Yao, F. Sciarrino, E. Karimi “Two-photon interference: the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect,” Reports on Progress in Physics 84, 012402 (2020).
  11. F. Hufnagel, A. Sit, F. Bouchard, Y. Zhang, D. England, K. Heshami, B. J. Sussman, E. Karimi “Investigation of underwater quantum channels in a 30 meter flume tank using structured photons,” New Journal of Physics 22, 093074 (2020).
  12. F. Brandt, M. Hiekkamäki, F. Bouchard, M. Huber, R. Fickler “High-dimensional quantum gates using full-field spatial modes of photons,” Optica 7, 98 (2020).
  13. R. Fickler, F. Bouchard, E. Giese, V. Grillo, G. Leuchs, E. Karimi “Full-field mode sorter using two optimized phase transformations for high-dimensional quantum cryptography,” Journal of Optics 22, 024001 (2020).
  14. S. Ecker, F. Bouchard, L. Bulla, F. Brandt, O. Kohout, F. Steinlechner, R. Fickler, M. Malik, Y. Guryanova, R. Ursin, M. Huber “Overcoming noise in entanglement distribution,” Physical Review X 9, 041042 (2019).
  15. F. Kong, C. Zhang, H. Larocque, F. Bouchard, Z. Li, M. Taucer, G. Brown, S. Severino, T. J. Hammond, E. Karimi, P. B. Corkum “Spin-constrained orbital-angular-momentum control in high-harmonic generation,” Physical Review Research 1, 032008 (2019).
  16. F. Hufnagel, A. Sit, F. Grenapin, F. Bouchard, K. Heshami, D. England, Y. Zhang, B. J. Sussman, R. W. Boyd, G. Leuchs, E. Karimi “Characterization of an underwater channel for quantum communications in the Ottawa River,” Optics Express 27, 26346 (2019).
  17. E. Cohen, H. Larocque, F. Bouchard, F. Nejadsattari, Y. Gefen, E. Karimi “Geometric phase from Aharonov–Bohm to Pancharatnam–Berry and beyond,” Nature Review Physics 1, 437 (2019).
  18. F. Bouchard, D. Koutný, F. Hufnagel, Z. Hradil, J. Řeháček, Y.-S. Teo, D. Ahn, H. Jeong, L. L. Sánchez-Soto, G. Leuchs, E. Karimi “Compressed sensing of twisted photons,” Optics Express 27, 17426 (2019).
  19. T. Bauer, P. Banzer, F. Bouchard, S. Orlov, L. Marrucci, E. Santamato, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi, G. Leuchs “Multi-twist polarization ribbon topologies in highly-confined optical fields,” New Journal of Physics 21, 053020 (2019).
  20. F. Bouchard, F. Hufnagel, D. Koutný, A. Abbas, A. Sit, K. Heshami, R. Fickler, E. Karimi “Quantum process tomography of a high-dimensional quantum communication channel,” Quantum 3, 138 (2019).
  21. F. Kong, C. Zhang, H. Larocque, Z. Li, F. Bouchard, D. H. Ko, G. G. Brown, A. Korobenko, T. J. Hammond, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi, P. B. Corkum “Vectorizing the spatial structure of high-harmonic radiation from gas,” Nature Communications 10, 1 (2019).
  22. D. Ahn, Y. Siah Teo, H. Jeong, F. Bouchard, F. Hufnagel, E. Karimi, D. Koutný, J. Řeháček, Z. Hradil, G. Leuchs, L. L. Sánchez-Soto “Adaptive Compressive Tomography with No a priori Information,” Physical Review Letters 122, 100404 (2019).
  23. F. Nejadsattari, Y. Zhang, F. Bouchard, H. Larocque, A. Sit, E. Cohen, R. Fickler, E. Karimi “Experimental realization of wave-packet dynamics in cyclic quantum walks,” Optica 6, 174 (2019).
  24. Y. Zhang, A. Sit, F. Bouchard, H. Larocque, F. Grenapin, E. Cohen, A. C. Elitzur, J. L. Harden, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Interaction-free ghost-imaging of structured objects,” Optics Express 27, 2212 (2019).
  25. F. Bouchard, K. Heshami, D. England, R. Fickler, R. W. Boyd, B.-G. Englert, L. L. Sánchez-Soto, E. Karimi “Experimental investigation of high-dimensional quantum key distribution protocols with twisted photons,” Quantum 2, 111 (2018).
  26. F. Bouchard, N. H. Valencia, F. Brandt, R. Fickler, M. Huber, M. Malik “Measuring azimuthal and radial modes of photons,” Optics Express 26, 31925 (2018).
  27. A. Sit, R. Fickler, F. Alsaiari, F. Bouchard, H. Larocque, P. Gregg, L. Yan, R. W. Boyd, S. Ramachandran, E. Karimi “Quantum cryptography with structured photons through a vortex fiber,” Optics Letters 43, 4108 (2018).
  28. F. Bouchard, A. Sit, F. Hufnagel, A. Abbas, Y. Zhang, K. Heshami, R. Fickler, C. Marquardt, G. Leuchs, E. Karimi “Quantum cryptography with twisted photons through an outdoor underwater channel,” Optics Express 26, 22563 (2018).
  29. F. Bouchard, A. Sit, K. Heshami, R. Fickler, E. Karimi “Round-robin differential-phase-shift quantum key distribution with twisted photons,” Physical Review A 98, 010301 (2018).
  30. F. Bouchard, P. Hoz, G. Björk, R. W. Boyd, M. Grassl, Z. Hradil, E. Karimi, A. B. Klimov, G. Leuchs, J. Řeháček, L. L. Sánchez-Soto “Quantum metrology at the limit with extremal Majorana constellations,” Optica 4, 1429 (2017).
  31. V. Grillo, T. R. Harvey, F. Venturi, J. S. Pierce, R. Balboni, F. Bouchard, G. C. Gazzadi, S. Frabboni, A. H. Tavabi, Z.-A. Li, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, R. W. Boyd, B. J. McMorran, E. Karimi “Observation of nanoscale magnetic fields using twisted electron beams,” Nature Communications 8, 1 (2017).
  32. A. Sit, F. Bouchard, R. Fickler, J. Gagnon-Bischoff, H. Larocque, K. Heshami, D. Elser, C. Peuntinger, K. Günthner, B. Heim, C. Marquardt, G. Leuchs, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “High-dimensional intracity quantum cryptography with structured photons,” Optica 4, 1006 (2017).
  33. H. Larocque, J. Gagnon-Bischoff, D. Mortimer, Y. Zhang, F. Bouchard, J. Upham, V. Grillo, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Generalized optical angular momentum sorter and its application to high-dimensional quantum cryptography,” Optics Express 25, 19832 (2017).
  34. M. G. Rahimian, F. Bouchard, H. Al-Khazraji, E. Karimi, P. B. Corkum, V. R. Bhardwaj “Polarization dependent nanostructuring of silicon with femtosecond vortex pulse,” APL Photonics 2, 086104 (2017).
  35. V. Grillo, A. H. Tavabi, F. Venturi, H. Larocque, R. Balboni, G. C. Gazzadi, S. Frabboni, P.-H. Lu, E. Mafakheri, F. Bouchard, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, R. W. Boyd, M. P. J. Lavery, M. J. Padgett, E. Karimi “Measuring the orbital angular momentum spectrum of an electron beam,” Nature Communications 8, 1 (2017).
  36. F. Kong, C. Zhang, F. Bouchard, Z. Li, G. G. Brown, D. H. Ko, T. J. Hammond, L. Arissian, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi, P. B. Corkum “Controlling the orbital angular momentum of high harmonic vortices,” Nature Communications 8, 1 (2017).
  37. F. Bouchard, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Observation of subluminal twisted light in vacuum: reply,” Optica 4, 207 (2017).
  38. F. Bouchard, R. Fickler, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “High-dimensional quantum cloning and applications to quantum hacking,” Science Advances 3, e1601915 (2017).
  39. F. Bouchard, H. Larocque, A. M. Yao, C. Travis, I. D. Leon, A. Rubano, E. Karimi, G.-L. Oppo, R. W. Boyd “Polarization shaping for control of nonlinear propagation,” Physical Review Letters 117, 233903 (2016).
  40. H. Larocque, J. Gagnon-Bischoff, F. Bouchard, R. Fickler, J. Upham, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Arbitrary optical wavefront shaping via spin-to-orbit coupling,” Journal of Optics 18, 124002 (2016).
  41. H. Larocque, F. Bouchard, V. Grillo, A. Sit, S. Frabboni, R. E. Dunin-Borkowski, M. J. Padgett, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Nondestructive measurement of orbital angular momentum for an electron beam,” Physical Review Letters 117, 154801 (2016).
  42. P. Woźniak, P. Banzer, F. Bouchard, E. Karimi, G. Leuchs, R. W. Boyd “Tighter spots of light with superposed orbital-angular-momentum beams,” Physical Review A 94, 021803 (2016).
  43. J. Harris, F. Bouchard, E. Santamato, W. H. Zurek, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Quantum probabilities from quantum entanglement: experimentally unpacking the Born rule,” New Journal of Physics 18, 053013 (2016).
  44. F. Bouchard, J. Harris, H. Mand, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Observation of subluminal twisted light in vacuum,” Optica 3, 351 (2016).
  45. S. A. Schulz, J. Upham, F. Bouchard, I. Leon, E. Karimi, R. W. Boyd “Quantifying the impact of proximity error correction on plasmonic metasurfaces,” Optical Materials Express 5, 2798 (2015).
  46. F. Bouchard, J. Harris, H. Mand, N. Bent, E. Santamato, R. W. Boyd, E. Karimi “Observation of quantum recoherence of photons by spatial propagation,” Scientific Reports 5, 1 (2015).
  47. A. A. Ahangary, F. Bouchard, E. Santamato, E. Karimi, H. R. Khalesifard “Dynamics of laser-induced radial birefringence in silver-doped glasses,” Optics Letters 40, 4062 (2015).
  48. F. Bouchard, H. Mand, M. Mirhosseini, E. Karimi, R. W. Boyd “Achromatic orbital angular momentum generator,” New Journal of Physics 16, 123006 (2014).
  49. F. Bouchard, I. Leon, S. A. Schulz, J. Upham, E. Karimi, R. W. Boyd “Optical spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion in ultra-thin metasurfaces with arbitrary topological charges,” Applied Physics Letters 105, 101905 (2014).
  50. A. W. Walker, F. Bouchard, A. H. Trojnar, K. Hinzer “Inverted metamorphic III-V triple-junction solar cell with a 1 eV CuInSe2 bottom sub-cell,” International Journal of Photoenergy 2014, (2014).