Advanced expertise in physical optics, in particular optical fibers, fiber optics sensors and systems, interferometry, nano-optics, statistical optics and imaging technologies as optical coherence tomography and advanced microscopy/spectroscopy techniques.
Broad research experience in biomedical optics and photonics, laser-tissue interactions, medical device technology, material science, chemical engineering.
30 scientific publications and 16 conference presentations of research.
01/2009-present: Scientist; Metrolaser, Irvine, CA
Participate in the development, practical implementation and testing of fiber optics interferometric systems as fiber optic gas total temperature microsensor and multiple beams Laser Doppler Vibrometer.
03/2007-12/2008: Optical Engineer, ev3/FoxHollow Technologies/Sawtooth Labs, Redwood City, CA
Member of the team that developed the first image guided plaque excision device to treat peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Combined optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging with a plaque excision platform to provide the physician with real-time visualization of the vessel wall morphology during surgery.
Responsible for embedding new fiber optic technology into an FDA cleared plaque excision catheter for intravascular and cardiovascular applications.
07/2005-02/2007: Post Doc Scientist, CIBA Vision Corporation, Duluth, GA
Advanced characterization of polymer systems and contact lenses (using optical microscopy, AFM, NSOM, nanoindentation, light scattering, rheoloy, metrology) to support the development of novel polymeric materials and contact lens processes.
Developed new sensing and diagnostic techniques for specific aspects of the technological processes.
08/1999-06/2005: Research Scientist/Graduate Research Assistant; College of Optics and Photonics / CREOL, UCF, Orlando, FL
Investigated, experimentally and theoretically, the statistical properties of light fluctuations in the near-field of random media and their dependence on the interface statistics. Proposed new possibilities for nanoscale surface and sub-surface diagnostics of inhomogeneous media with applications in cell biology, integrated biosensors, optical coatings and photonic devices.
J. Kilpatric, A. Apostol, V. Markov “Nondestructive testing of aerospace composites with an infrared matrix laser vibrometer”, Proc. SPIE, Vol. 7389, 73893F (2009)
A. Apostol, D. Haeffner, A. Dogariu, “Near-field characterization of effective optical interfaces”, Physical Review E, 74, 015611 (2006).
A. Apostol, A. Dogariu, “Non-Gaussian statistics of optical near-fields”, Physical Review E 72, 025602(R), (2005).
A. Apostol, A. Dogariu, “Light spectra in the near-field of random media”, Optics Letters, 29, 920-922 (2004).
A. Apostol, A. Dogariu, “First- and second-order statistics of optical near fields”, Optics Letters, 29, 235-237 (2004).
A. Apostol, A. Dogariu, "Spatial correlations in the near field of random media,” Physical Review Letters, 91, 093901 (2003).
Advanced Systems & Technologies, Inc.
Ph.D. in Optics - April 2005; Dissertation: “Coherence properties of optical near-fields”
College of Optics and Photonics /CREOL, University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
MS in Optics – August 2001
College of Optics and Photonics CREOL, University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
BS in Physics - June 1993
Department of Physics, University of Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania