Sixth Van Der Meulen Seminar

Optical fiber carries the bulk of the world’s data traffic through long, thin strands of glass. Despite their importance, the capacity of fiber-optic channels is unknown, mainly because the underlying physical model described by the generalized nonlinear Schrodinger equation (GNLSE) cannot be easily translated in convincing channel models. The 6th Van der Meulen Seminar focuses on new directions in studying capacity and on developing coding techniques for optical fiber communications.

Organizers: Alex Alvarado (University College London, Eindhoven University of Technology) and Frans Willems (Eindhoven University of Technology).


Prof. Gerhard Kramer (Technische Universitat Munchen)

Prof. Stephan ten Brink (Universitat Stuttgart)

Dr. Georg Bocherer (Technische Universitat Munchen)

Dr. Sander Wahls (Technische Universiteit Delft)


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Location: Eindhoven University of Technology, Van Trier Zaal, Traverse

13.30 - 14.15

  • Distinguished Lecture: Prof. Gerhard Kramer (Technische Universitat Munchen), “Information Rates for Phase Noise Channels”

14.15 - 15.00

  • Prof. Stephan ten Brink (Universitat Stuttgart), “On Spectral Efficiency of First Order Soliton-Based Optical Communications”

15.00 - 15.30

  • Break (coffee/tea)

15.30 - 16.15

  • Dr. Georg Bocherer (Technische Universitat Munchen), “Achievable Rate Estimates from Fiber-Optic Transmission Experiment Measurements”

16.15 - 17.00

  • Dr. Sander Wahls (Technische Universiteit Delft), “Impact of Noise on the Nonlinear Fourier Transform”


  • Reception (drinks)