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Advancing biomedical photoacoustic imaging using structured light and optical microresonators

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Photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging biomedical imaging technique in which pulsed light excites ultrasound waves in living tissues. Detecting these waves allows imaging tissue structures such as blood vessels, with sub-100 ┬Ám spatial resolution, at mm to cm scale depths in tissue. The technique has a range of potential applications, including in cancer and cardiovascular imaging. However, realising its full potential requires imaging deeper in tissue, and the challenge is measuring weaker signals. I will discuss two areas of research aiming to address this challenge. The first involves developing ultrasensitive sensors based on optical microresonators which can detect the weaker signals generated deeper in tissue. The second involves using optical wavefront shaping techniques to shape the PA excitation light so as to generate stronger signals deeper in tissue. The talk will primarily be about optical and ultrasonic physics and engineering, set against a backdrop of biological and medical imaging applications.

This talk is part of the Metamaterials and Nanophotonics Group Seminars series.

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