Applied Optics Group
The Appled Optics Group (AOG) occupies two floors in the University of Kent’s Photonics Centre. The AOG is well equipped with state-of-the-art lasers and optical tools and well supported by technical services and workshops, several rooms in the Photonics Centre having been designed to host lasers and are equipped with water cooling, interlock and safety features. The total floor space of laboratories is 394 m2.
- Optical tables: 7 vibration isolation optical table systems and several other plates.
- Optical sources: Many semiconductor and fibre lasers/amplifiers, different lasers, tunable laser source for fluorescence lifetime imaging, large bandwidth sources such as superluminiscent diodes and Amplified Spontaneous Emission sources, and an extremely large bandwidth source, from NKT Photonics, Titanium Sapphire lasers; Argon laser; CO2 laser; He-Ne lasers.
- Optical measuring instrumentation: Two fibre input large band optical spectrum analyzers, a double monochromator, PC controlled spectrometer, four power-meters.
- Electronic measuring instrumentation: RF spectrum analyzers up to 20 GHz, oscilloscopes up to 20 GHz, network analyzer up to 500 MHz, four Lock-in Amplifiers, Ultrafast photodetectors up to 20 GHz, several digital 1 GHz oscilloscopes (HP and LeCroy) and 10 low frequency spectrum analyzers.
- Fibre optic processing tools: Three fusion splicer units, a Vytran glass processing oven and accessories for cutting, cleaving and inspecting the fibre.
- Scanning devices: Resonant and galvanometer scanners, sub-micrometer and micrometer PC controlled translation stages, sophisticated computer facilities, including a computer equipped with the Zemax optical design package.
- Clean rooms: There is a class 1000 clean-room complex and two class 100 laminar flow benches. The clean rooms are equipped with a recently installed CO2 laser for fibre tapering and a recently purchased glass processing oven, Vytran, to cleave fibre and assemble and process optical components such as GRIN lenses and precision optical microscopes.
- Fully functional OCT systems: There are several fully functional OCT systems, such as: 1300 nm OCT system on cart, with movable arm, for anterior chamber, skin and art investigations; 1300 nm OCT systems for histology, 820 nm versatile in scanning (T, A, B and C-scans) on a chin rest and a Fourier domain OCT system. Two swept source OCT systems at 1050 nm and 1300 nm. Parallel projects on eye imaging in the group will feed expertise into the fellow project.
- Highly-qualified mechanical and electronic workshops: The Fellow will have access to the electronic and mechanical workshops. The Electronic workshop is equipped with a computer controlled milling machine for prototype construction of electronic boards.
- Office: Office space is provided for all AOG researchers, including access to telephones, copiers and fax machines. The entire School is computerized; all computers are connected over a local area network (LAN) with multiple printers.
- Digital processing: Special computers are equipped with purposely designated interfaces, frame grabbers and imaging software for data acquisition and processing