About the Ultrafast Optics Group

Located in the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, our research concerns the development of versatile ultrafast laser systems and their applications in spectroscopy, metrology and imaging.

Key research topics include:

  • Laser frequency combs for astronomy ("astrocombs")
  • Broadband coherent mid-infrared spectroscopy, including remote delivery using hollow-core fibres
  • Mid-infrared imaging and compressive sensing
  • Dual-comb ranging and LiDAR using femtosecond lasers
  • Compact ultrafast lasers and frequency combs

A Snapshot of Our Research

Recorded in 2020, this video introduces our research.

Contact Us

  • Professor Derryck T. Reid

    Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences
    David Brewster Building, Heriot-Watt University
    Riccarton, Edinburgh EH14 4AS

    +44 (0)131 451 3652