Alan Gnauck

Crawford Hill, NJ, USA


Alan Gnauck joined Bell Laboratories in 1982, where he is currently a Member of Technical Staff in the Transmission Systems Research group.  He has performed record-breaking optical transmission experiments at single-channel rates of from 2 to 400 Gb/s.  He has investigated coherent detection, chromatic-dispersion compensation techniques, CATV hybrid fiber-coax architectures, parametric optical signal processing, wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) systems, and system impacts of fiber nonlinearities.   His WDM transmission experiments include the first demonstration of terabit transmission in 1996.  More recently, he demonstrated 25-Tb/s transmission in 2007.  He is presently involved in the study of WDM systems with single-channel rates of 100 Gb/s and higher, using advanced modulation formats, polarization multiplexing, spatial multiplexing, coherent detection, and digital signal processing.  He has authored or co-authored over 250 journal and conference papers, and holds 26 patents in optical communications.

Mr. Gnauck is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), a Bell Labs Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and former Associate Editor for IEEE Photonics Technology Letters (2000-2009). He was a technical subcommittee member for the Optical Fiber Communications Conference (OFC) in 2000, 2001, and 2003, and served as subcommittee chair in 2004. He received the OSA Engineering Excellence Award in 2003.

Selected Articles and Publications