School of Physical Sciences


Faculty Investigator, National Institute for Health Research, Biomedical Research Centre at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

Honorary Professor University College London

Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology, New York Medical College, School of Medicine, Touro College

One of the 8 elected Vice-Presidents of the International Commission of Optics

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Adrian Podoleanu received the Ph.D. degree in Electronics from the Electronics and Telecommunications Faculty, Technical University of Bucharest, Romania in 1984. He began his career teaching at the Technical University Bucharest, Romania. As an associate professor, he taught Physics, Optics and Optoelectronics and developed research on Lasers and fast optoelectronics.

Since 2004 he is a Full Professor of Biomedical Optics in the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK and heads the Applied Optics Group. His research interests focus on optical coherence tomography (OCT), imaging the eye, distance measurements using low coherence interferometry, subnanosecond dwell time multichannel digital correlation, sensing and secure optical communications. He contributed towards development of the en-face OCT imaging as a novel technology to complement the more conventional longitudinal OCT imaging, towards the dual imaging instrument for the eye, OCT/SLO and towards Fourier domain OCT with no mirror terms (using Talbot bands).

He is involved in teaching of non-invasive optical imaging methods with emphasis on OCT, Electromagnetism and Optics and Medical Physics.


Fellowships And Honours


Convenor PH504, Electromagnetism and Optics Convenor PH513, Medical Physics Convenor PH800, Biomedical Optics (.doc)

Research Output

Book chapters: 15

Articles in peer reviewed journals: 220

Communications at conferences: over 700;

Patents: 21 awarded, 3 patent applications.

Invited talks and seminars: 75.

He is a member in the editorial boards of 6 journals, chaired 8 international conferences and acted as a member in the organising committees of over 50 international conferences.

He is director of Optopod Ltd, a spin-out of the University of Kent involved in spectral OCT.

Top publishing author in the University for 2011-2016 and 2012-2017 according to SciVal

ISI excluding self citations: 30;  Google scholar: 41;  i-10 index (number of papers with more than 10 citations): 135.

Current Grants

Past grants and activities


Contact Information


Room 301, Ingram Building

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Top publishing author in the University for 2011-2016 according to SciVal.

1st in the Top 100 authors, by number of publications at the University of Kent over the period 2012 to 2015.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Rivet, S. et al. (2018). Group refractive index and group velocity dispersion measurement by complex master slave interferometry. Optics Express [Online] 26:21831-21842. Available at:
Mogensen, M. et al. (2018). Two optical coherence tomography systems detect topical gold nanoshells in hair follicles, sweat ducts and measure epidermis. Journal of Biophotonics [Online] 11:e201700348. Available at:
Marques, M. et al. (2018). Complex master-slave for long axial range swept-source optical coherence tomography. OSA Continuum [Online] 1:1251-1259. Available at:
Bradu, A. et al. (2018). Recovering distance information in spectral domain interferometry. Scientific Reports [Online] 8. Available at:
Hutiu, G. et al. (2018). Assessment of Ductile, Brittle, and Fatigue Fractures of Metals Using Optical Coherence Tomography. Metals [Online] 8:3-18. Available at:
Showing 5 of 499 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Non-invasive imaging of the tissue, especially optical coherence tomography and confocal microscopy
  • Optical sensing
  • Fast optoelectronics
  • Optics Group Research Pages
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  • PG: PH800, Biomedical Optics;
  • 2nd year: Electromagnetism and Optics II (PH504); 
  • 3rd year: Relativity, Optics and Maxwell's equations (PH604); 
  • Biomedical Optics (within the unit Medical Physics, PH513); 
  • PH700 


Lasers in Medicine and Life Sciences, Szeged, Hungary, 13-18 July 2015

Optical Coherence Tomography Part A, 16th July 2015, on youtube

Optical Coherence Tomography Part B, 16th July 2015, on youtube

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Podoleanu Group

Professor Adrian Podoleanu is head of the Applied Optics Group.


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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 20/02/2018