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Thomas McCormack

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Biography

Tom gained his MSc and later his PhD from the Spectroscopy group in UCD by studying the atomic physics of laser produced plasmas. He then went on to do post-doctoral research at Trinity College Dublin investigating the optical properties of novel GaN-based LEDs. Tom later joined his former collaborators in the Tyndall Institute in Cork and became a member of Firecomms - a company spun out of the Tyndall to commercialise these novel LEDs. A number of years later Tom left Cork and returned to Dublin to become a Yield engineer at Intel, Leixlip. Tom is now back with the spectroscopy group in UCD, is lecturing physics at various levels and is activley pursuing research into an innovative X-ray microscope based on laser produced plasmas. He received ¿390k from Enterprise Irelands Commercialisation fund to develop this project.

Professional

   

Patents

Patent WO2004112153-A2 : Light emitting diode used in industrial automation application, has resonant cavity type LED with cavity whose optical length exceeds wavelength emiss
             

Consultancy

Client: InfinLED, Cork
Client: Firecomms

Outreach Activities

Regular visits to St Louis Junior School Rathmines. I present a range of physics demonstrtions to the students and encourage their active participation in experiments with magnets, iron filings, swinging buckets of water and the occasional alcohol fuelled rocket
I am a regular contributor to the Physics Summer School where I have designed experiments and last year created a physics-based murder mystery.

Transition Year co-ordinator.

I co-ordinate all activity around the School of Physics Transition Year experience. A week of labs, lectures and projects for transition year students (http://www.ucd.ie/physics/outreach/). This year we re-enacted the Great Egg Race, toured Dunsink Observatory, did experiments with superconductors and liquid nitrogen and of course designed and fired off some water rockets.

   

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

OSULLIVAN, G,CARROLL, PK,CONWAY, J,DUNNE, P,FAULKNER, R,MCCORMACK, T,MCGUINNESS, C,VAN KAMPEN, P,WEINMANN, B; (1994) 'EXTREME-ULTRAVIOLET CONTINUUM EMISSION FROM LASER-GENERATED PLASMAS AND APPLICATIONS TO SPECTROSCOPY'. Optical Engineering, 33 :3993-3998. [Details]
Bowe, P, Conway, J, Dunne, P, McCormack, T, O'Sullivan, G, ; (1999) 'Effects of resonant pumping on the temporal and spatial evolution of a laser produced lithium plasma'. Journal of Applied Physics, 86 (6):3002-3009. [Details]
McCormack, T, O'Sullivan, G, ; (1999) 'Spatially resolved spectra of resonantly pumped laser produced plasmas of lithium'. Review of Scientific Instruments, 70 (6):2674-2680. [Details]
Corbett, B.; Roycroft, B.J.; Phillips, A.; Akhter, M.; Maaskant, P.; Lambkin, J.D.; McCormack, T.; (2003) 'Red and green resonant cavity LEDs for datacom applications'. Proceedings of SPIE - Optical Society for Optical Engineering, 4876 (1). [Details]
B Roycroft, M Akhter, P Maaskant, P. de Mierry, S Fernandez, F B Narano, E Calleja, T McCormack and B Corbett; (2002) 'Modelling of Extraction Efficiency of GaN-based Resonant Cavity Light Emitting Diodes at 510 nm'. Physica Status Solidi A-Applied Research, 192 (1):97-102. [Details]
T McCormack and G O¿Sullivan; (1999) 'Spatially resolved spectra of resonantly pumped plasma of lithium'. Review of Scientific Instruments, 70 (6). [Details]
T McCormack and G O¿Sullivan; (1993) 'Core excited transitions in Au I-like Th XII and U XIV'. Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics, 26 . [Details]
A Shaw, T McCormack, L Bradley and J G Lunney; (2002) 'Experimental characterisation of GaN-based Resonant Cavity Light Emitting Diodes'. Physica Status Solidi A-Applied Research, 192 (1):103-109. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

T McCormack, E Scally, I Kambali (2010) Time resolved spectra of LPPs of tin SPIE Advanced Lithography 2010 [Details]
                                                                                       

Letters

MCCORMACK, T,OSULLIVAN, G (1993) CORE-EXCITED TRANSITIONS IN AU-I-LIKE TH-XII AND U-XIV. Letters [Details]

Research

Research Interests

My research interests originally began in the atomic physics of laser produced plasmas, particularly in the time and space-resolved development of the plasma. This work has been extended to include LPPs as a possible source in next generations EUV lithography. More recently I am investigating a design for an innovative x-ray microscope based on LPPs. This work is funded by Enterprise Ireland and is a colloboration with Fergal O'Reilly (Physics) and Dimitri Scholz (Director of Microscopy at the Conway Institute).  I have also been actively engaged in the development of novel LEDs where I specialised in the optical properties of micro-cavity emitters particularly those based on GaN and AlGaAs material systems. This work was later developed into the design of an actual optical transceiver used in plastic optical fibre networks.

 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : A Soft X-ray Microscope
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-12 / 01-JAN-13
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : A soft X-ray microscope Stage II
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-13 / 31-DEC-13

Recent Postgraduates

 

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201300   PHYC10050     Physics: Astronomy & Space Science
201300   PHYC20030     Physics: Thermal Physics and Materials
201300   PHYC10200     Physics: Conceptual Physics

Enhancement of Teaching

As well as a growing collection of lecture demonstrations I am a regular user of the class room clickers to encourage active participation in the lecture. More recently we have the availability of recently refurbished enhanced learning laboratories. I like to use these to break up the classes into small groups and set them a series of challenges.

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Developing as a Teacher

Innovation & Leadership

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr Dimitri Scholz, Director of Microscopy, The Conway Institute
Dr Fergal O'Reilly, School of Physics

External Collaborators