School of Physical Sciences


SCOPUS ID: 26638425000:




Additional Roles:

  • Head of Applied Optics Group

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

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting professor: New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, USA, 2008-2015;
  • Visiting professor: Victor Babes University of Pharmacy and Medicine Timisoara, Romania, since 2013;
  • Distinguished visitor University of Auckland, New Zealand, April 2013.


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

Research Output

Book chapters: 15

Articles in peer reviewed journals: 206

Communications at conferences: over 670 (resulting in proceedings of or longer than 3 pages, over 340);

Patents: 21 awarded, 4 patent applications.

Invited talks and seminars: 72.

He is a member in the editorial boards of 8 journals, chaired 8 international conferences and acted as a member in the organising committees of over 40 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 2010 - 2015


Contact Information


Room 301, Ingram Building

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

For a full list of publications please click here. (pdf)

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Canjau, S. et al. (2015). Optical coherence tomography for non-invasive ex vivo investigations in dental medicine A joint group experience (Review). Sovremennye Tehnologii v Medicine [Online] 7:97-114. Available at:
Marques, M. et al. (2015). Polarization-sensitive optical coherence tomography system tolerant to fiber disturbances using a line camera. Optics Letters [Online] 40:3858-3861. Available at:
Sinescu, C. et al. (2015). Noninvasive quantitative evaluation of the dentin layer during dental procedures using optical coherence tomography. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine [Online] 2015:0-0. Available at:
Moser, S., Lee, P. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). An FPGA Architecture for Extracting Real-Time Zernike Coefficients from Measured Phase Gradients. Measurement Science Review [Online] 15:92-100. Available at:
Oancea, R. et al. (2015). Assessment of the sealant/tooth interface using optical coherence tomography. Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology [Online] 29:49-58. Available at:
Duma, V. et al. (2015). Handheld scanning probes for optical coherence tomography. Romanian Reports in Physics 67:1346-1358.
Stancu, R. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Dual-mode-locking mechanism for an akinetic dispersive ring cavity swept source. Optics Letters [Online] 40:1322-1325. Available at:
Bradu, A., Maria, M. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Demonstration of tolerance to dispersion of master/slave interferometry. Optics Express [Online] 23:14148-14161. Available at:
Wang, J. et al. (2015). Full-Field Swept Source Master-Slave Optical Coherence Tomography. IEEE Photonics Journal [Online] 7. Available at:
Bradu, A. et al. (2015). On the possibility of producing true real-time retinal cross-sectional images using a graphics processing unit enhanced master-slave optical coherence tomography system. Journal of Biomedical Optics [Online] 20:76008. Available at:
Stancu, R. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Short ring cavity swept source based on a highly reflective chirped FBG. Photonic Sensors [Online] 5:251-256. Available at:
Marques, M., Bradu, A. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). Two-Grating Talbot Bands Spectral Domain Interferometer. Optics Letters [Online] 40:4014-4017. Available at:
Cernat, R. et al. (2015). Simultaneous measurement of flow at several depths using multiple active paths in a low-coherence interferometer. IEEE Photonics Journal [Online] 7:0-0. Available at:
Rivet, S., Bradu, A. and Podoleanu, A. (2015). 70 kHz full 4x4 Mueller polarimeter and simultaneous fiber calibration for endoscopic applications. Optics Express [Online] 23:23768-23786. Available at:
Zurauskas, M. et al. (2015). Closed loop tracked Doppler optical coherence tomography based heart monitor for the Drosophila melanogaster larvae. Journal of Biophotonics [Online]. Available at:
Showing 15 of 468 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]

Publications in the last 12 Months

A list of all publications in the last 12 months can be found here. (.pdf)

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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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Last Updated: 30/08/2016