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Applied Optics Group

School of Physics and Astronomy

The Applied Optics Group (AOG) develops advanced optical systems for imaging and sensing, with applications in medicine, science and industry. Alongside our core strength in optical coherence tomography, our work covers adaptive optics, microscopy, endoscopy, holography, photoacoustics and spectroscopy.

We are part of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kent, and are based in Photonics Centre on the Canterbury Campus in South East England, around one hour from central London by train. Our facilities include a suite of optics labs, workshop and a clean air room.

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 we 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 funding in the last few years, from sources including the UKRI, NIHR, the EU, the Royal Society and industry. We collaborate extensively with clinicians and industry around the world to translate our work.

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