Daniel joined the Quantum Photonics group at uOttawa in 2021 as a PhD student in the Electrical & Computer Engineering department. Daniel attended McGill University, where he completed a B.Com. (Finance) and B.Sc. (Physics) simultaneously. Prior to joining the group, Daniel worked in Ottawa’s telecommunications industry, where he worked on next-generation optical network interface modules. His previous research experience covers number theory, quantum information science, cryptography, and integrated photonics. When he isn’t in the office, Daniel enjoys spending time outdoors, eating donuts, and brushing his teeth. His hobbies include skiing, kayaking, and carpentry.
Daniel's thesis focuses on developing compact communications hardware for accomplishing continuous-variable quantum key distribution (CV-QKD). In addition to his regular studies, Daniel is pushing for the development of a Canadian process design kit (PDK) that can be used for indium phosphide (InP) integrated photonics on domestic MOCVD assets. The combination of active and passive optical components on a monolithic InP platform can facilitate a wide range of quantum optical functions. If a Canadian InP PDK were to be developed, InP integrated components could be used to develop high-level applications by abstracting the design flow from a component-centric view to an optically functional view. In effect, this would make the nonlinear and quantum photonic properties of InP integrated circuits accessible to designers without a deep knowledge of optics. This can thus potentially accelerate the development of next-generation devices such as photonic sensors, optical neural networks, and optical processors in Canada.