I am an experimental physicist, currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Universität Paderborn. I am investigating ultrafast temporal and spectral control of quantum light using nonlinear waveguides in the Integrated Quantum Optics groups led by Prof. Dr. Christine Silberhorn, as part of the QCUMbER project.

From September 2011 to December 2016, I was a PhD student at the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo in the Quantum Optics and Quantum Information group led by Dr. Kevin Resch. My research focus was on nonlinear optics as it applies to quantum descriptions of light, as well as how to use nonlinear optics to shape photons for greater applicability, although I also studied fundamental properties of quantum correlations. I earned my PhD in 2016 with the thesis “Ultrafast manipulation of single photons using dispersion and sum-frequency generation.”

I studied for my BSc at the University of Windsor from September 2007 to August 2011. I had co-op work terms in theoretical quantum control (with Dr. Chitra Rangan at UWindsor), high-energy atom trapping (with Dr. John Behr at TRIUMF in Vancouver), and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (with Dr. Rob Schurko at UWindsor). I was raised and went to high-school in Chatham, Ontario, birthplace of the Hawaiian pizza. When bored, I share dumb opinions about movies.

My full CV can be downloaded here, and an online list of publications can be found here. You can reach me by email at john.matthew.donohue[at]

My research is currently funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the EU Horizon 2020 programme.

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Integrated Quantum Optics, UPaderborn