Ernst Polnau

Contact Information

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

Ernst Polnau

Research Scientist, Electro-Optics Graduate Program and Intelligent Optics Laboratory

  • Staff


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland, 1999
  • M.S., Physics, University of Technology, Munich, Germany, 1994

Research Interests

  • Adaptive optics and laser beam control
  • Optical communications through turbulent atmosphere
  • Reciprocity in bi-directional optical channels through turbulent atmosphere
  • Beam quality metrics based on laser speckles

Courses Taught

  • EOP 501 Geometric Optics

Professional Activities

  • Optical Society of America


Selected Publications

  • Polnau, Ernst. 2013. Enhanced correlation of received power-signal fluctuations in bidirectional optical links. Journal of Optics 15, 022401.
  • Polnau, Ernst. 2011. Experimental demonstration of coherent beam combining over a 7 km propagation path. Optics Letters 36: 4455-4457.