Two professors from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University were featured in an article refuting a new approach to vastly increase the carrying capacity of radio and light waves.
The "twisted light" approach relies on what is called light's orbital angular momentum, which has been put forth as an unexploited means to carry data.
Dr. Robert Nevels (left) and Dr. Laszlo Kish (right) said in a BBC News article that while the approach sounds good, it won’t work.
"This would be worth a Nobel prize, if they're right," Nevels said. "Can you imagine, if all communications could be done on one frequency? If they've got such a great thing, why isn't everyone jumping up and down? Because we know it won't work."
Nevels and Kish were so unconvinced about the new approach, they even wrote a paper refuting it.
Nevels is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and was the president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2010. Since he began his tenure at Texas A&M he established the Electromagnetics and Microwave Laboratory and initiated several undergraduate and graduate courses in electromagnetics. He was also the associate department head from 1998 to 2005. His interest areas include analytical and numerical techniques in electrodynamics, electromagnetic scattering, microwave and plasmonic nano-antennas and waveguidance.
Other distinctions include being named the Eugene E. Webb ’43 Faculty Fellow, Clear Lake Council of Technical Societies Technical Educator of the Year, the Texas A&M Association of Former Students University-level Distinguished Achievement Award, the IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Educator Award, the Outstanding Professor Award from the IEEE Texas A&M Student Chapter and the Amoco Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky in 1969, his master’s degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1979.
Kish directs the Fluctuation and Noise Exploitation Laboratory in the department and also is a researcher in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, an engineering research agency of the State of Texas and a member of The Texas A&M University System.
His general research interests include the study of laws, limits and applications of electronic noise processes for sensing, communication and information processing. Such applications are fluctuation-enhanced sensing, unconditionally secure communications, zero-signal-power communications, and noise-based logic.
Kish received his doctoral degree in solid state physics from the University of Szeged in 1984.
Honors include receiving the Doctor Honoris Causa from Uppsala University in Sweden in 2011 and the University of Szeged in Hungary in 2012, and the 2001 Benzelius Prize of the Royal Society of Science of Sweden and the Doctor of Science (Physics) title from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 2001.