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About Alan E. Willner's Work

My research deals with optical technologies, primarily for communications, signal processing, and networking. Specifically, my research group at USC has explored various issues related to: (a) limitations in fiber and free-space communications, (b) wavelength and spatial multiplexing of different beams of light for capacity enhancement, (c) utilizing nonlinear effects to achieve high-speed optical signal processing, and (d) multiplexing of orthogonal beams that each carry orbital-angular-momentum.

Awards and Achievements

National Academy of Engineering

International Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering

IEEE Eric Sumner Technical Field Award

NSF Presidential Faculty Fellows Award

Fellow National Academy of Inventors

IET JJ Thomson Fellowship

Guggenheim Fellowship

Fulbright Fellowship

Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship