Associate Professor Cormac Corr

BSc (Honours), PhD
Future Fellow
ANU College of Science
T: +61 2 61252828

Areas of expertise

  • Fluid Physics 020303
  • Plasma Physics; Fusion Plasmas; Electrical Discharges 020204

Research interests

Technological plasmas

  • Plasma processing 
  • 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

Plasma diagnostics

  • Optical emission spectroscopy
  • Probes
  • laser based



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 is teaching the 3rd year plasma physics course: "Introduction to Experimental Plasma Physics: Discharges, diagnostics & applications" and 2nd year Electricity and Magnetism.



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