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.
|Patent WO2004112153-A2 : Light emitting diode used in industrial automation application, has resonant cavity type LED with cavity whose optical length exceeds wavelength emiss|
|Client: InfinLED, Cork|
| 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.
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]|
|T McCormack, E Scally, I Kambali (2010) Time resolved spectra of LPPs of tin SPIE Advanced Lithography 2010 [Details]|
|MCCORMACK, T,OSULLIVAN, G (1993) CORE-EXCITED TRANSITIONS IN AU-I-LIKE TH-XII AND U-XIV. Letters [Details]|
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.
| 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
|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
| Dr Dimitri Scholz, Director of Microscopy, The Conway Institute
Dr Fergal O'Reilly, School of Physics