Stuart Reid


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

Stuart Reid leads a multidisciplinary team at the University of Strathclyde, is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and is co-chair of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.  He has spent the last 15 years developing technology for gravitational wave detectors, and is co-inventor of "nanokicking", where precise nanoscale vibrations are used to control the behaviour (and fate) of adult stem cells which can be used to grow bone in the lab from a patient's own cells. His team have also developed novel ECR ion beam deposition technology, alongside developing new crystalline mirror technologies in partnership with Gas Sensing Solution Ltd, which are both relevant for future gravitational wave detectors in addition to a wide array of precision optical/optoelectronic applications.

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Projects 2017 2022

Research Output 2015 2018

  • 23 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Amorphous silicon with extremely low absorption: beating thermal noise in gravitational astronomy

Birney, R., Steinlechner, J., Tornasi, Z., MacFoy, S., Vine, D., Bell, A. S., Gibson, D., Hough, J., Rowan, S., Sortais, P., Sproules, S., Tait, S., Martin, I. W. & Reid, S., 6 Nov 2018, In : Physical Review Letters. 121, 19, 6 p., 191101.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Thermal noise
thermal noise
Amorphous silicon

Automated control of plasma ion-assisted electron beam-deposited TiO2 optical thin films

Hui, B., Fu, X., Gibson, D., Child, D., Song, S., Fleming, L., Rutins, G., on Chu, H., Clark, C. & Reid, S., 5 Aug 2018, 8, 8, 11 p., 272.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Optical films
Electron beams
electron beams
Plasma sources


Appointed member of RSE Young Academy of Scotland

Stuart Reid (Recipient), 1 Sep 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

RSE Presidents Medal

Stuart Reid (Recipient), 31 Oct 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

gravitational waves