We carry out a number of research projects with both internal and external funding. Details of some of our major projects are below.

– A European Industrial Doctorate funded by the EU, in collaboration with NKT Photonics and other associate partners. We are investigating the potential of supercontinuum light sources in medical imaging technology, particularly for optical coherence tomography and photoacoustic microscopy. Project Website (External Link)

REBOTRobotic endobronchial optical tomography, a collaboration with Imperial College London, funded by a major joint EPSRC grant, to develop robot-guided, high-resolution bronchoscopic imaging for the lung. Project Website (External Link)

AdaSmartResAdapter for a commercial grade camera or a smart phone to perform depth resolved imaging, an ERC Proof of Concept grant awarded to Prof. Adrian Podoleanu.

Endoscopic and needle microscopes – A project to develop ultra-thin fluorescence microscopes for medical diagnostics, supported by an EPSRC grant awarded to Dr Michael Hughes and a University of Kent Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentship

OCT/Raman device for non-invasive investigation and diagnosis of glue ear – A proof of concept project in collaboration with the University of Nottingham to combine OCT and Raman measurements for the ear.

OCT for endoscopic laryngeal cancer screening – An NIHR Invention for Innovation (i4i) funded project to develop handheld and endoscopic OCT imaging systems for diagnosing Laryngeal cancer.

Combined time domain and spectral domain coherence gating for imaging and biosensing – An ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Adrian Podoleanu between 2010 and 2015.

Archived Research Projects

A selection of some of our research highlights from the past:

Training Networks

HIRESOMI – A Marie Curie training site for methods and devices for non-invasive high-resolution optical measurement and imaging.

Optical Coherence Tomography

Review of early work on OCT – Highlights of our work on the technology and applications of optical coherence tomography from 1993-2005.

En-face OCT – The first en face optical coherence tomography images of the human retina.

OCT/SLO – Combining scanning laser opthalmoscopy (SLO) with optical coherence tomography.

OCT for art conservation – A Leverhulme-funded project to use OCT for non-destructive testing.

OCT for embryology – Investigating the potential of OCT-based measurement on animal models for embryology and cell imaging.

Spectral selection for OCT – Use of supercontinuum source for spectral selection and spectroscopic OCT.

Multiple delay en-face OCT A new method of measuring the curvature of the retina.

Spectroscopic time domain OCT – Including a rapid method of measuring dispersion in low coherence interferometry and optical coherence tomography systems.


Brillouin gain based distributed sensing – Long range distributed sensor system based on the temperature or strain dependence of the Brillouin gain coefficient.

Structural health monitoring using multiplexed fibre-grating arrays (SHODOS) – A 3-year EPSRC/DTI Link project to measure strain in concrete bridges.

Medical sensing – A collaboration with Hammersmith Hospital with the aim of developing a linear array of grating temperature sensors that will be able to monitor the temperature profile within a region of the body.

Photo-refractive effect – The study of dynamic holograms recorded in photorefractive materials.

Coherence-gated wavefront sensor – Depth-resolved aberration measurements.

Talbot effect and Faraday Sensing

Acousto-optics, Electro-optics and Magneto-optics

Team for electro-optical and acousto-optical microstructures

Spin-dependent phenomena in bulk crystals and nanostructures of semimagnetic semiconductors and their device applications (INTAS)

INFO-COPERNICUSAn EU-funded collaborative project to stimulate and support research in optical metrology.


The fastest multichannel fibre optic digital correlator – A sub-nanosecond dwell time optical multichannel digital correlator.

High-speed microwave photonics – Replacing the electronic systems with networks of optical fibres and electronic logic gates with an optoelectronic hybrid equivalent, to create higher speed correlators.