Imperial College London

Professor Carl Paterson

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Optical Physics



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Carl Paterson studied Physics as an undergraduate at Oxford University before coming to Imperial College to study for his PhD in Optics.  He became a Royal Society University Research Fellow in 2001 and Reader in Physics in 2008.  He started his research career working on diffractive optics and optical vortices before moving into adaptive optics, optical propagation through scattering and turbulent media and optical imaging.  Current research interests also include endoscopy and Brillouin microscopy with particular emphasis on ocular imaging.



Berk J, Paterson C, Foreman MR, 2020, Tracking single particles using surface plasmon leakage radiation speckle, Journal of Lightwave Technology, ISSN:0733-8724

Sparks H, Dvinskikh L, Firth J, et al., 2020, Development a flexible light-sheet fluorescence microscope for high-speed 3D imaging of calcium dynamics and 3D imaging of cellular microstructure, Journal of Biophotonics, Vol:13, ISSN:1864-063X

Wu P-J, Masouleh MI, Paterson C, et al., 2019, Detection of proteoglycan loss from articular cartilage using Brillouin microscopy, with applications to osteoarthritis, Biomedical Optics Express, Vol:10, ISSN:2156-7085, Pages:2457-2466

Gouveia RM, Lepert G, Gupta S, et al., 2019, Assessment of corneal substrate biomechanics and its effect on epithelial stem cell maintenance and differentiation, Nature Communications, Vol:10, ISSN:2041-1723

Wu P-J, Kabovka I, Ruberti J, et al., 2018, Water content, not stiffness, dominates Brillouin spectroscopy measurements in hydrated materials, Nature Methods, Vol:15, ISSN:1548-7091, Pages:561-562

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