Linn F. Mollenauer

  • Year:

    1986

  • Subject:

    Engineering

  • Award:

    Ballantine

  • Citation:

    For the soliton laser for optical communication.

Linn Mollenauer's research focuses on the experimental study of solitons (light pulses that maintain their shape over long distances) and other nonlinear effects in optical fiber pulse propagation and their application to ultra-long-distance transmission.

Dr. Mollenauer received a bachelor of engineering degree in physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. He took a postion at Bell Labs in 1972, and in his early years there, developed the first broadly tunable short-pulse lasers for the near-infrared. In 2001, Dr. Mollenauer was elected a Bell Labs Fellow.

Dr. Mollenauer is also a Fellow of the OSA, the American Physical Society, IEEE, and American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 1993, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Information as of 1993