Photonics Engineering Division (PED) is internationally recognized through its high standard research in the field of full-field optical metrology and development of optical measurement systems. This school had been established and is led by professors Małgorzata Kujawińska and Krzysztof Patorski.

The main goal of PED scientific and technical activity is elaboration of new methods of optical measurements (from nano to macro) construction of new optical and photonics devices and their implementation in cooperation with research institutions and commercial entities. Such activities include:



  • Theory and numerical algorithms supporting automatic fringe pattern analysis, iterative phase retrieval and tomographic reconstruction,
  • Development of novel measurement methods based on diffraction, propagation, interference and polarization of coherent and quasicoherent light,
  • Development of measurement and monitoring methods based on incoherent light,
  • Development of optical and photonics measurement systems incl. interferometric, digital holography, grating (moire) interferometry, optical diffraction tomography, and systems based on a single beam phase reconstruction methods,
  • Development of measurement systems based on digital image correlation method, thermovision techniques, structured light and “time-of-flight” methods,
  • Development of novel wide viewing angle 3D holographic displays with coherent and incoherent source of illumination,
  • Optical and numerical methods for content generation for holographic displays
  • Applications of full-field measurement methods in experimental mechanics, material engineering, civil engineering, art conservation and monitoring.

The innovative methods and device models employing optical and photonics techniques are introduced in many areas such as:

  • medicine – investigation of internal structure of phaseandamplitude-phase biological microobjects
  • experimental mechanics and materials science – for investigation of displacement / strain fields and vibrations of engineering objects (composite materials, technological joints, structural elements, civil engineering structures) in experimental calibration of FEM models
  • industry – in local and global measurements and monitoring (defect detection) in building, power, chemical, machine industries
  • optical industry and microtechnology (MEMS/MOEMS) in application for prototyping and quality control
  • multimedia – for educational and entertainment applications both with use of 3D television and mobile devices
  • cultural heritage – for monitoringchangesin cultural heritage objects (painting, sculptures), under the influence ofexternal conditionsand duringtransportto preventdegradation/destruction of these