Research Themes

Our scientists jointly work on three key research themes in imaging physics with a clear societal impact. There is also a shared fundamental layer comprising: numerical and analytical image formation modelling, image/data processing, solving inverse problems, and reconstruction.

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The Department of Imaging Physics (abbr. ImPhys) focuses on developing novel, sometimes revolutionary, instruments and imaging technologies. These research products demonstrate our insight in imaging since they extend existing boundaries in terms of spatial resolution, temporal resolution, and information/data throughput. We are pioneers in developing advanced concepts of computational imaging, a marriage between cleverly designed imaging systems and sophisticated post-processing.

These concepts provide access to otherwise invisible detail or information, which become available only after dedicated computational post-processing of the raw image data. Such breakthroughs in imaging physics often lead to progress in science and offer new information – image to insight – relevant for both society and industry.

Importantly, ImPhys’s profile encompasses a mix of science, engineering and design. While the spectrum of imaging physics is very broad, we focus on a few key fields where – through internal synergy and multi-disciplinary collaborations with external partners – we generate impact. Research topics span the entire range from curiosity-driven to application-inspired, are always academically challenging, relevant to society, and approached from a fundamental perspective.

The research is conducted in four discipline-related research groups: Optics, Microscopy Instrumentation and Techniques, Medical Imaging and Quantitative Imaging.

Centers of Excellence and Consortia


Scientific Output

Dissertations 2020

Hamidreza Heydarian

Matthias Strauch 

Yan Guo

Boling Ouyang

Leon van der Graaff

Jos van Rooij

Willem van Valenberg

Peiwen Meng

Anna Ezerskaia