Visit To Trinity

August 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm

Last Wednesday (30/7/2014) I went to Trinity College Dublin to visit the Applied Physics research group there and made a presentation on the Fusor.  I organised the visit through Professor Igor Shvets (who has recently been elected to head of physics in Triniy) who was very gracious in allowing me to present to the group after I emailed him out of the blue.

 

Myself with members of the Applied Physics research group, Trinity College Dublin: Mr Olzat Toktarbaiulhy, Dr Brendan O'Dowd, Mr Brendan Bulfin, Mr Tom McCarthy, Mr Daragh Mullarkey, Prof. Igor Shvets, Mr Ozhet Mauit Fusor visit

Myself with members of the Applied Physics research group, Trinity College Dublin: Mr Olzat Toktarbaiulhy, Dr Brendan O’Dowd, Mr Brendan Bulfin, Mr Tom McCarthy, Mr Daragh Mullarkey, Prof. Igor Shvets, Mr Ozhet Mauit

 

 

Tom McCarthy Fusor Trinity College Dublin fusion Professor Igor Shvets applied physics

Myself with Professor Igor Shvets of Trinity College Dublin Applied Physics group.

 

The group is based in the School of Physics and their labs are part of the CRANN (Naughton) Institute.  Their research is not fusion based, but focuses on a number of different items i.e: Improving efficiency in solar panels, examining the magnetic properties of semiconductor surfaces, growing nanowire arrays.  However, they a number of excellent vacuum systems and chambers for conducting their research which Brendan O’Dowd, a former student of my school, St Gerald’s College showed me around before the presentation.  One of the main people who helped organise the visit, Dr Barry Murphy has also said that he’ll be happy to see if the group could get me any parts – obviously the group needs items for their own use, but if they have any old items that I could use, Barry said that they’ll be happy to support.  Another clear benefit of this visit is the expertise and feedback on my plans, the advice from the group on my ideas for the Fusor was hugely beneficial for me and hopefully this connection will continue.

 

Brendan O'Dowd Trinity College Dublin Fusor visit equipment presentation vacuum

Myself (Tom McCarthy) and Brendan O’Dowd in the Trinity labs. You can see one of their vacuum chambers for a scanning tunnelling microscope in the background.

I’ve attached a few photos of the various set-ups in the labs that Brendan showed me around.  Before I end the post I’d like to thanks everybody involved, especially Prof. Shvets, Dr O’Dowd, Dr Murphy and Dr Ó Coilleáin.  Enjoy the eye-candy!

Vacuum experiment Trinity College Dublin visit for Fusor vacuum pump tom mccarthy

Chamber in the labs as part of a scanning tunnelling microscope.

Vacuum detection chamber imaging Trinity College Dublin Fusor visit Tom McCarthy

A feedthrough on one of the scanning tunnelling microscopes.

Fusor visit Trinity College Dublin labs vacuum Dr Brendan O'Dowd Tom McCarthy Dr Cormac Ó Coileáin

Myself with Dr Brendan O’Dowd and Dr Cormac O’Coilleáin of the group.

Vacuum chamber Fusor physics xray neutron detection conflat Trinity College Dublin visit Tom McCarthy

Chamber in Trinity, the hemisphere on the left is used as part of an electron detection experiment.

Vacuum chamber Fusor detection visit Trinity College Dublin Tom McCarthy

Chamber in Trinity, used to grow different crystals. Four copper crucibles are held inside which are stimulated in different ways under vacuum.