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Research interests

Professor Derryck Reid leads the Ultrafast Optics Group, whose work concerns the development and application of lasers that produce pulses of light lasting for a fraction of one millionth of one millionth of one second. Current work in Reid’s group is: the development of multi-Watt Yb:KYW femtosecond / picosecond lasers optical parametric oscillator frequency-combs and spectroscopic applications coherent optical pulse synthesis high-energy femtosecond optical parametric oscillators two-photon imaging and probing of silicon integrated circuits portable and simplified optical frequency combs Reid’s group works closely with industry and has collaborated with groups in AWE, Renishaw, Coherent Scotland, DCG Systems, Selex Galileo, BAE Systems, NPL and Rofin, via contracts with a total value exceeding £1M. Professor Reid is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has published over 100 journal papers and 3 patents.


Derryck Reid was born in Edinburgh in 1971 and graduated in 1991 from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences (Physics). He completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews in 1994 and held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship there from 1997 until 2000. In 2001 he joined Heriot-Watt University as a Lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2005.

Roles & Responsibilities

Head, Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences.

Director of the EPSRC Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies.

Professor Reid is part of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Laser-based Production Processes.

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Research Output 1996 2019

Active Localization of Gas Leaks using Fluid Simulation

Asenov, M., Rutkauskas, M., Reid, D., Subr, K. & Ramamoorthy, S., Apr 2019, In : IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 4, 2, p. 1776-1783 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Autonomous multi-species environmental gas sensing using drone-based Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy

Rutkauskas, M., Asenov, M., Ramamoorthy, S. & Reid, D. T., 1 Apr 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 7, p. 9578-9587 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
FTIR spectroscopy
aerial survey
environmental monitoring

10-GHz Femtosecond Degenerate Optical Parametric Oscillator

McCracken, R. A., Cheng, Y. S. & Reid, D. T., 17 May 2018, CLEO: QELS_Fundamental Science 2018. FTh1M.1

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

parametric amplifiers

Chemical detection using broadband femtosecond optical parametric oscillators in the 6-12-micron spectral fingerprint region

Reid, D. T., Kara, O., Rutkauskas, M. & Maidment, L., 14 May 2018, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications X. George, T., Dutta, A. K. & Islam, M. S. (eds.). SPIE, 106392D. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10639).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
Chemical detection
chemical detection
Optical Parametric Oscillator
Optical parametric oscillators

ELT -HIRES the High Resolution Spectrograph for the ELT: Fabry-Pérots for use as calibration sources

Huke, P., Schäfer, S., Reiners, A., Seemann, U., Riva, M., Pepe, F., Chazelas, B., Masłowski, P., Kowzan, G., McCracken, R. A. & Reid, D. T., 12 Jul 2018, Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy VII. Evans, C. J., Simard, L. & Takami, H. (eds.). SPIE, 107029L. (Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 10702).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
High Resolution

Activities 2012 2020

Science & Technology Facilities Council (External organisation)

Derryck Telford Reid (Chair)
30 Aug 2020

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


Derryck Telford Reid (Speaker)
13 Feb 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Femtosecond OPOs and Frequency Combs

Derryck Telford Reid (Speaker)
2 Aug 20183 Aug 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk