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Ernst Polnau

Research Scientist


School of Engineering: Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Email: Ernst Polnau
Phone: 937-229-1917
Fitz Hall Room 572

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  • Ph. D. (Dr. phil. nat.), Physics, University of Bern, 1999
  • M.S. Physics (Dipl.-Phys.), Technical University of Munich, 1994

Selected Publications

Research Interests

  • Adaptive optics / Atmospheric turbulence mitigation
  • Sensing and characterization of atmospheric turbulence
  • Fiber-array systems and coherent laser beam combining
  • Adaptive free-space laser communication

Courses Taught

  • EOP 501 Geometric Optics

Professional Activities

  • The Optical Society (OSA)
  • SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics