A/Prof Cormac Corr

A/Prof Cormac Corr
Senior Fellow
Department of Electronic Materials Engineering
Physics Education Centre
_ Material Physics
Office phone
Oliphant 4 31


Cormac Corr obtained an honours degree in Applied Physics (1999) and a PhD (2003) titled "A study of instabilities in electronegative rf-driven discharges" from Queens University Belfast (Belfast, Northern Ireland). After his PhD, Cormac spent three years working at the Laboratoire de Physique et Technologie des Plasmas (LPTP), Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. He commenced work at the ANU in 2006. Cormac was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in November 2010.

His main research field is plasma physics and plasma processing. Cormac has undertaken a wide variety of laboratory plasma research with particular emphasis on combined experimental/modelling studies. Current and previous research activities are radio-frequency plasma discharges, plasma-surface interactions, negative ion plasmas, plasma stability, plasma waves, plasma double layers, plasma processing, and plasma diagnostics.

He teaches 2nd year Electromagnetism and the  3rd year plasma physics course: "Introduction to Experimental Plasma Physics: Discharges, diagnostics & applications".

Research interests

Technological plasmas

  • Plasma processing (micro- and nanofabrication, solar cells, plasma polymerisation)
  • Plasma diagnostics (optical emission spectroscopy, probes, laser based)

  • Plasma Instabilities

  • Electronegative plasmas

  • Plasma-surface interactions

  • Ion sources

  • Plasma modeling

Magnetised plasmas

  • Fusion plasmas

  • Plasma-surface interactions
  • High-beta plasma

  • Alfven waves

  • Drift waves
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