The Applied Optics Group (AOG) develops advanced optical systems for imaging and sensing, with applications in medicine, science and industry. One of our core strengths is in optical coherence tomography for medical imaging, alongside research interests in adaptive optics, microscopy, endoscopy, photoacoustics and spectroscopy. The group also has expertise in high-speed microwave photonics and acousto-, electro- and magneto-optics.
We are part of Physics and Astronomy in the Division of Natural Sciences at the University of Kent. We are based in the Photonics Centre on the Canterbury Campus in South East England, around one hour from central London by train.
There is a long history of research in biomedical optics in the AOG; the group was the first to acquire en face optical coherence tomography (OCT) images from the retina and developed the first combined optical coherence tomography/scanning laser ophthalmoscope (OCT/SLO).
Technology developed within the AOG has been protected by 17 patents and reported in over 150 journal papers and conference presentations since 2010. We have been supported by over £7M in grant funding in the last ten years, from sources including EPSRC, BBSRC, NIHR, ERC, EC, Innovate UK, and the Leverhulme Trust.