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Professor Mike Reid

Professor Mike Reid

Emeritus Investigator

+64 3 364 2548

Department of Physics & Astronomy
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140


Mike Reid received a PhD in Physics at University of Canterbury in 1981, with a thesis on applications of group theory to condensed-matter spectroscopy.

From 1982 to 1985 he was a postdoc, and temporary faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia. During that time his research became more firmly focused on the modelling of energy levels, and transition intensities of materials containing lanthanide ("rare earth") and actinide ions.

He held a faculty position at the University of Hong Kong from 1985 to 1993, when he returned to Canterbury.

Research interests

Since 2000, Mike's main focus has been on high-energy (UV and VUV) levels of lanthanide phosphor materials. Advances in synchrotron facilities has made possible detailed measurements and modelling of these states. Currently he leads a programme that uses two-colour (UV + IR) laser spectroscopy to probe the excited states in these materials.

Currently Mike is developing new projects in applications of lanthanide nanoparticles in biomedical imaging and the understanding of electronic structure of quantum-information materials.

Our current focus is on the understanding of materials that have potential for quantum-information applications, and on nanoparticles for biomedical imaging.

Professor Mike Reid
Professor Mike Reid