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Professor John Donegan

Professor (Physics)

Prof. John Donegan received BSc and PhD degrees from University College Galway in 1982 and 1986. He had post-doctoral appointments in Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA and in Max-Planck Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttgart, Germany. He was appointed to the academic staff in Trinity College Dublin in 1993, he is now a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Professor of Physics. He is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Nanotechnology, a senior member of the IEEE and the American Physical Society. He was recently the Head of School of Physics in TCD. Professor Donegan has collaborations with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet Muenchen, University of Dresden, Université de Reims, and the Bell Laboratories, New Jersey. He has published 350 papers in journals and conference proceedings as noted in the scopus with over 5500 citations and h-index of 33. He has 6 granted patents.
 Study of II-VI Semiconductor Lasers
 Study of II-VI Semiconductor Lasers
 Blue-Green Semiconductor Laser
 Many-Body Effects in Semiconductors
 Tunable Lasers for Gas Sensing Applications

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National delegate to the new EU NanoSTAG action group on Nanomaterials. My appointment as national delegate to the COST Nanomaterials action is very important. This EU committee is highly influential in research programmes within the EU and gives me access to research data and information that is very useful for future planning within the Physics Department as well as my own research group. I also get the opportunity to meet with experts in Nanomaterials from other EU countries.
Member of the Irish Government Advisory panel to review and propose Irish priorities for the BRITE-EURAM III research programme on materials 1993-94. This panel briefed the Minister for Science and Technology on the strategy to maximise the participation rate for Irish Universities and companies within the BRITE-EURAM programme.
Member of the evaluation committee to review research proposals on Optical Functional Materials for the BRITE-EURAM and GROWTH programmes, May 1995, Oct. 1997, June 1999.
Member of the evaluation committee to review research proposals on Optoelectronics for the Forbairt Strategic Research Programme, April 1994, Optronics Ireland Advanced Technology Research Programme, July 2001. Confidential evaluation process of research proposals.
Local organizer for the annual conference of the British Medical Laser Association, September 1994, on "The use of lasers in the treatment of cancer".
Referee for journal articles in Physical Review Letters, Physics Review B (Condensed Matter), Journal of Luminescence, Electronics Letters, Optical Materials, Journal of Physics-Condensed Matter, Journal of Physics D, Semiconductor Science and Technology, Optics Communications.
Carried out consultancy work for IDA (Industrial Development Authority) Ireland on companies setting up facilities in Ireland to manufacture laser systems. Work was principally concerned with the feasibility of manufacturing such lasers and the market potential for them.
Served as thesis external examiner for Ms. Isabell Auffret, University of Wales, Cardiff, Nov. 1999, Mr. Dewei Jones, University of Wales, Bangor, May 2001. Mr. James Fryar, Dublin City University, Aug. 2001.
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Fellow, Institute of Physics Member, American Physical Society Member, Optical Society of America Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
Kyle E. Ballantine, John F. Donegan, Paul R. Eastham, There are many ways to spin a photon: Half-quantization of a total optical angular momentum, Science Advances, 2, (4), 2016, pe1501748 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Backes C, Paton K.R, Hanlon D, Yuan S, Katsnelson M.I, Houston J, Smith R.J, McCloskey D, Donegan J.F, Coleman J.N, Spectroscopic metrics allow in situ measurement of mean size and thickness of liquid-exfoliated few-layer graphene nanosheets, Nanoscale, 8, (7), 2016, p4311 - 4323, Notes: [Cited By :4 Export Date: 15 September 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Harvey A, He X, Godwin I.J, Backes C, McAteer D, Berner N.C, McEvoy N, Ferguson A, Shmeliov A, Lyons M.E.G, Nicolosi V, Duesberg G.S, Donegan J.F, Coleman J.N, Production of Ni(OH)2 nanosheets by liquid phase exfoliation: From optical properties to electrochemical applications, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 4, (28), 2016, p11046 - 11059, Notes: [Export Date: 15 September 2016], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
O'Kelly C.J, Fairfield J.A, McCloskey D, Manning H.G, Donegan J.F, Boland J.J, Associative Enhancement of Time Correlated Response to Heterogeneous Stimuli in a Neuromorphic Nanowire Device, Advanced Electronic Materials, 2, (6), 2016, p1500458 -, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Zhong, C., Ballantine, K.E., Kervick, C., Smith, C.M., Mullarkey, D., Shvets, I.V., Donegan, J.F., McCloskey, D., Mapping of surface plasmon dispersion in thin Ag-Au layered composite films, Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics, 33, (4), 2016, p566-573 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O'Brien M, McEvoy N, Motta C, Zheng J.-Y, Berner N.C, Kotakoski J, Elibol K, Pennycook T.J, Meyer J.C, Yim C, Abid M, Hallam T, Donegan J.F, Sanvito S, Duesberg G.S, Raman characterization of platinum diselenide thin films, 2D Materials, 3, (2), 2016, Notes: [Cited By :4 Export Date: 5 January 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Zheng J.-Y, Xu H, Wang J.J, Winters S, Motta C, Karademir E, Zhu W, Varrla E, Duesberg G.S, Sanvito S, Hu W, Donegan J.F, Vertical Single-Crystalline Organic Nanowires on Graphene: Solution-Phase Epitaxy and Optical Microcavities, Nano Letters, 16, (8), 2016, p4754 - 4762, Notes: [Cited By :1 Export Date: 5 January 2017], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Darcy, R.T., Lunney, J.G., Donegan, J.F., Internal conical diffraction of a top-hat beam, Proceedings of CLEO_QELS 2015, CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2015, San Jose; United States, 10 -15 May 2015 , 2015, pp1551-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Abdullaev, A., Lu, Q., Guo, W., (...), O'Callaghan, J., Donegan, J.F., Improved performance of tunable single mode laser array based on non uniformly spaced slots, CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2015, CLEO: QELS - Fundamental Science, CLEO_QELS 2015, San Jose; United States, 10-15 May, 2015, pp1551-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Caridad J.M, McCloskey D, Rossella F, Bellani V, Donegan J.F, Krsti- V, Effective Wavelength Scaling of and Damping in Plasmonic Helical Antennae, ACS Photonics, 2, (6), 2015, p675 - 679, Notes: [Export Date: 18 August 2015], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL

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Fundamental properties of II-VI semiconductors in, editor(s)B.D. Guenther, D.G. Steel, L. Bayvel , Encyclopedia of Modern Optics, Academic Press, 2004, pp377 - 385, [Donegan, J.F.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Evolution of optical phonons in CdSe/ZnS quantum dots: Raman Spectroscopy in, editor(s)Borisenko, Gaponenko, Gurin, , Physics, Chemistry and Application of Nanostructures, World Scientific, 2003, pp132 - 135, [Baronon, A.V., Perova, T.S., Moore, A., Rakovich, Yu. P., Donegan, J.F., Talapin, D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Evolution of optical phonons in CdSe/ZnS quantum dots: Raman Spectroscopy in, editor(s)Borisenko, Gaponenko, Gurin. , Physics, Chemistry and Application of Nanostructures, World Scientific, 2003, pp132 - 135, [Baronon, A.V.,Perova, T.S., Moore, A., Rakovich,Yu. P., Donegan, J.F., Talapin D.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Filonovich, S.A., Gomes, M.J.M., Rakovich, Yu.P., Donegan, J. F., Talapin, D.V., Rogach, A.L., Eychmüller, A., Up-Conversion Luminescence in Colloidal CdTe Nanocrystals, Proceedings of the Materials Research Society, Boston, 737, (E13.12.1-E12.12.6.), 2002, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Gain and carrier dynamics at lasing densities in ZnCdSe quantum well materials in, editor(s)Scheffler and Zimmermann , 23rd International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, Singapore, World Scientific, 1996, pp3183 - 3186, [Donegan, J.F., Logue, F.P., Jordan, C., Rees, R., Hewlett, S.J., Heffernan, J.F., Fewer, D.T., McCabe, E.M., Hegarty, J., Taniguchi, S., Hino, T., Nakano, K., Ishibashi, A. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Transition metal ion-doped materials of laser interest in, Spectroscopy of Solid-State Laser-Type Materials, New York, Plenum Press, 1987, pp165 - 178, [Imbusch, G.F., Donegan, J.F., and Bergin, F.J.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED


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Fellow of Institute of Physics, London 2002
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. 2000
Ernest Walton Research Fellow, Department of Physics, Trinity College Dublin. 1992
Physics and engineering of optical devices for photonic integration including semiconductor lasers and coherent receivers; Active semiconductor devices with high-order surface gratings; Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording; Conical refraction of light; Perovskite and organic materials for visible photonics; Plasmonic devices; Novel waveguide structures based on SiN materials; New devices based on 2D materials with ENZ beahviour