Twisting light beams to communicate.

Editorial Profile

Ph.D. in Information and Communication Technology, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (SUP’COM), September 2017.

Diplome National d’Ingenieur, Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (SUP’COM), Tunisia, 2013.

Honors & Awards

2017-SPIE optics and photonics education scholarship.

2016-2017 University of Padova, PhD student mobility fellowship.


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Education and Early Career

Abderrahmen Trichili received his diplôme National d'Ingénieur in wireless networks and communications, and PhD degree in Information and Communication Technology from the Engineering School of Communication of Tunis (Tunisia) in 2013 and 2017, respectively. During his doctoral study, he received a mobility fellowship from the University of Padova (Italy), where he spent one year at the Information Engineering Department (DEI). In February 2018, he joined KAUST University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at CEMSE.

Research Interest

Trichili's current areas of interest include space division multiplexing, orbital angular momentum multiplexing, free space optical communication, and underwater wireless optical communication.

Honors and Awards

Trichili was awarded a 2017 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship for his potential long-range contributions to the optics, photonics or other related fields. During his PhD, he received multiple travel grants to attend international conferences and workshops such as the 2016 frontier in Optics (FIO) conference in Rochester and the 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics in Tokyo. In 2019, he was nominated by KAUST to attend the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (Physics). He has been recently awarded the Multiply Marie-Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to carry his research on structured light optical communications.

Selected Publications

[1] A. Trichili, K.-H. Park, M. Zghal, B. S. Ooi, M.-S. Alouini, ''Communicating using spatial mode multiplexing: Potentials, challenges and perspectives," in IEEE Communications Surveys Tutorials (2019).

[2] E. Stegenburgs, A. Bertoncini, A. Trichili, M. S. Alias, T. K. Ng, M.-S. Alouini, C. Liberale, and B. S. Ooi, ''Near-infrared OAM communication using 3D-printed micro-scale spiral phase plates," Accepted for publication in IEEE Communications Magazine (2019).

[3] A. Trichili, M. Zghal, L Palmieri, A. Galtarossa, and M. Santagiustina, ''A statistical analysis of the nonlinear coupling in a WDM system over a two mode fiber," Optics Express 26, 6602 6613 (2018).

[4] A. Trichili, C. Rosales-Guzman, A. Dudley, B. Ndagano, A. Ben Salem, M. Zghal, and A. Forbes, ''Optical communication beyond orbital angular momentum," Scientific Reports 6, 27674 (2016).

Publications Before Joining KAUST

View the list of all publications on ORCID.