School of Physical Sciences


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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

Cernat, R. et al. (2017). Gabor fusion master slave optical coherence tomography. Biomedical Optics Express [Online] 8:813-827. Available at:
Steer, B. et al. (2016). Raman spectroscopic identification of size-selected airborne particles for quantitative exposure assessment. Measurement Science & Technology [Online] 27:45801-45801. Available at:
Chin, C. et al. (2016). Master/slave optical coherence tomography imaging of eyelid basal cell carcinoma. Applied Optics [Online] 55:7378-7386. Available at:
Chin, C. et al. (2016). Acousto-optic tunable filter for dispersion characterization of time-domain optical coherence tomography systems. Applied Optics [Online] 55:5707-5714. Available at:
Bradu, A., Rivet, S. and Podoleanu, A. (2016). Master/slave interferometry ideal tool for coherence revival swept source optical coherence tomography. Biomedical Optics Express [Online] 7:2453-2468. Available at:
Showing 5 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: 14/03/2017