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Research Associate

Biomedical Engineering

John Anderson Building
107 Rottenrow E,

University of Strathclyde,


G4 0NG

Telephone: 0141 574 5328


I am a Research Associate for Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde investigating ultra-low loss mirror coatings for gravitational wave detection and high laser damage thresholds.  We conduct pioneering work to develop novel electron-cyclotron-resonance ion-beam deposited coatings which have exhibited the lowest absorption a-Si coatings published to date as well as RF ion beam deposition with one of the worlds largest chambers designed for coating 200 kg test masses for LIGO A+. I have been part of a program to facilitate Knowledge Exchange, through the Newton-Bhabha fund, to Indian researchers from TIFR Hyderabad and IISER Pune  - training in a variety of thin film manufacturing and mechanical characterization.  A custom mechanical ringdown system was designed and commissioned during this training, and in a world-first, was shipped to TIFR Hyderabad. I have also won funding to enter into a collaborative project with Helia Photonics, a successful Scottish SME, to help develop and establish novel UK manufacturing capabilities of notch filters.
  • CENSIS - Fabrication of state-of-the-art notch filters for Raman spectroscopy £56,763.08 – Dec2020
  • In the final stages of application review. This project looks to support the national photonics industry by establishing an entirely UK-based
    manufacturing chain of Rugate notch filters.
  • Newton-Bhabha Fund £4638 – Nov2019
  • Fabricating ultra-low loss mirror coatings in line with LIGO A+ requirements - a comparative investigation into ion beam deposition (Strathclyde) and advanced magnetron sputtering techniques (TIFR)



Jul19-Present - Research Associate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.


Oct18-Jul19 – Research Assistant, Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde


Oct15-Oct18 – PhD Student, Institute of Photonics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.


Oct14-Oct15 – MSc Student, Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology, University of Warwick.


May15-July15 – Masters Student placement, Fraunhofer UK Research Limited, Glasgow.


July15-Oct15 – Masters Student placement, Photonic Nanomaterials Group, Department of Materials, University of Oxford.







Oct 2020 - Publication

Gravitational-wave constraints on the equatorial ellipticity of millisecond pulsars • LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, Abbott, B. P., Angelova, S. V., Gier, C., Hill, P., Reid, S. & Wallace, G. S. • Astrophysics Journal Letters 902, 1, L21.

Feb 2020 – Publication

All-optical tuning of a diamond micro-disk resonator on siliconHill, P., Klitis, C., Guilhabert, B., Sorel, M., Gu, E., Dawson, M. D. & Strain, M. J. • Photonics Research 8, 3, p. 318-324.

Dec 2019 – Publication

Deep Three-Dimensional Solid-State Qubit Arrays with Long-Lived Spin Coherence • C. J. Stephen, B. L. Green, Y. N. D. Lekhai, L. Weng, P. Hill, S. Johnson, A. C. Frangeskou, P. L. Diggle, Y.-C. Chen, M. J. Strain, E. Gu, M. E. Newton, J. M. Smith, P. S. Salter, and G. W. Morley • Photonics Research 8, 3, p. 318-324.

Apr 2019 – Conference talk

Thermally tuneable integrated diamond micro-disk resonators fabricated by micro-assemblyHill, P., Klitis, C., Guilhabert, B., Sorel, M., Gu, E., Dawson, M. D. & Strain, M. J. • LATSIS 2019: Diamond Photonics - EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Sept 2018 – Publication

Thin film diamond membranes bonded on-demand with SOI ring resonatorsHill, P., Gu, E., Dawson, M. D. & Strain, M. J. • Diamond and Related Materials. 88, p. 215-221 7

July 2018 – Publication

Three-dimensional solid-state qubit arrays with long-lived spin coherence • Stephen, C. J., Green, B. L., Lekhai, Y. N. D., Weng, L., Hill, P., Johnson, S., Frangeskou, A. C., Diggle, P. L., Strain, M. J., Gu, E., Newton, M. E., Smith, J. M., Salter, P. S. & Morely, G. W.• Diamond and Related Materials. 88, p. 215-221 7

July 2018 – Conference talk

Micro-assembly of hybrid diamond-Si resonator devicesHill, P. D., Gu, E. & Strain, M. • Advanced Photonics Congress - Integrated Photonics Research, Silicon, and Nano-Photonics 2018 - Zurich, Switzerland

DeBeers Diamond conference, University of Warwick, poster presentation, "Hybrid integration of diamond membranes with GaN waveguides" - July 2017

1st Year Physics Ph.D talks, Ross Priory, University of Strathclyde. Conference presentation "Heterogeneous integration of diamond photonic devices on non-native substrates" August 2016. PRIZE: Best Talk





Education/Academic qualification

Master in Science, University of Warwick

1 Oct 20141 Oct 2015

Award Date: 19 Oct 2015

Bachelor of Science, University of the West of Scotland

1 Oct 20091 Jul 2014

Award Date: 9 Jul 2014


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