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Professor Eithne Mary Mc Cabe

Fellow Emeritus (Physics)


Before her tenure as Professor and Fellow in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin, Eithne was formerly Fellow and member of the Governing Body of Magdalen College, Oxford and Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff and later Consultant, AT&T Bell Laboratories, Crawford Hill Laboratory, New Jersey, USA. Her research background is in optical engineering including light sources and high-resolution optical imaging. Eithne is Board Member of the Irish Research Council, member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland, Executive member of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), member of Helsinki group and Institute of Physics Juno committee evaluating and advising on best practice in relation to gender and Physics. Eithne has served Trinity and the wider national and international community on numerous committees including Finance, Personnel and Appointments, INTEGER and Equality. She led prestigious successful international gender equality awards, Athena SWAN and Institute of Physics Juno and led Trinity Women in Physics and Juno initiatives initiating national Women in Physics meetings and networking. She has served on numerous international scientific conference organising committees in addition to many national and international service to the community committees including the BA Festival of Science and the national committee for the UNESCO International Year of Light. Her Doctorate work was carried out at the University of Oxford with full industrial sponsorship she secured entirely independently. She was elected a Senior Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford. During this period she was awarded a Royal Television Society Scholarship and an Amelia Earhart Medal and award. She has worked with AT&T, Digital Equipment Corporation, Hitachi, Bosch, and ESB during her career. Her undergraduate work was carried out at UCD where she earned a First Class Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering and earned first place in a Hewlett-Packard national award for her final year research project.
  Annealing   Confocal microscopy   Confocal photoluminescence imaging   Defect imaging   Degradation   Direct-view microscopy   Laser diode   Metrology, physical instrumentation   Microsphere imaging   Multi-aperture imaging   Optical materials   Optical sectioning   Optics   Programmable array microscopy   Semiconductor optoelectronics   Source coherence   Spatial light modulators   Switchable fibre-coupling   Three-dimensional imaging   Variable-focus microlenses   Women in Physics
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Board member of the Irish Research Council
Member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland
Member of the Helsinki Group
Member of the Executive of Women in Technology and Science (WITS)
Member of Institute of Physics Juno committee for the UK and Ireland evaluating and advising on best practice in gender and Physics
Member of Finance Committee, TCD
Member of Personnel and Appointments Committee, TCD
Member of Governing Body Magdalen College Oxford
Member of the Editorial Board, Review of Scientific Instruments
Member of national committee for the UNESCO International Year of Light
Member of Equality Committee, TCD
Member of TCD Scientific Committee for the British Association Festival of Science
Member of Program Committee SPIE European Conference on Biomedical Optics, Munich
Member of Program Committee SPIE Opto Ireland Conference
Member of Program Committee SPIE Photonics West, San Jose, USA
Women in Physics and IOP Juno Leader, TCD
Member of School of Physics Executive, TCD
Member of INTEGER committee, TCD
Member of Teaching and Learning Committee, TCD
Member of Institute of Physics Women in Physics Group committee
Member of Graduate Studies Committee, TCD
Member of Catering Management Committee, TCD
Tutor, TCD
Team leader for the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and the Royal Irish Academy for the Women in Physics initiative, Paris
Former advisor to the Department of Education in Ireland
Gough, J.J., Siewerska, K.E., Mehigan, S., (...), McCabe, E., Bradley, A.L. , Influence of graphene oxide/Ag nanoparticle composites on the fluorescence properties of organic dyes, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 17, (12), 2017, p8901-8911 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Gough J.J, Siewerska K.E, Mehigan S, Hanlon D, Backes C, Gholamvand Z, Szydloska B.M, Blau W.J, McCabe E, Bradley A.L, Ag nanoparticle decorated graphene oxide: Fluorescence quenching and surface enhanced raman scattering, 10th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, METAMATERIALS , September, 2016, pp121 - 123, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI  URL
Eilish McLoughlin, Sandra Fee and Eithne McCabe, The environment for women in physics in Ireland, AIP Conf. Proc. , American Institute of Physics Conference Series: WOMEN IN PHYSICS: 5TH IUPAP INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WOMEN IN PHYSICS, Canada, 5-8 August 2015, 1697, AIP, 2015, pp060025 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sam Mehigan, Ciaran A Smyth and Eithne M. McCabe, Bridging the Gap between SERS Ehnancement and Reproducibility by Salt Aggregated Silver Nanoparticles, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, 5, (1), 2015, p1-6 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Sam Mehigan and Eithne McCabe, A consideration of Silver Nanoparticle aggregates with a view to SERS, Proc. SPIE, 9126, (Nanophotonics V), 2014, pp91263 - 91270, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Biomedical spectroscopy and Imaging, 3, (2014), 225 - 229p, Sam Mehigan, Ciaran Smyth and Eithne McCabe, [eds.], Journal, PUBLISHED
Sam Mehigan, Ciarán Smyth and Eithne McCabe, Examination of pterins using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy using low-volume samples, Proc. SPIE, Colloidal Nanocrystals for Biomedical Applications VIII, 8595, SPIE, 2013, pp8595OY - 8595OY-8, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
CA Smyth, I Mirza, JG Lunney and EM McCabe, Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) using Ag nanoparticle films produced by Pulsed Laser deposition (PLD), Journal of Surface Science, 264, 2013, 31-35 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mehigan, S., Smyth, C., McCabe, E.M., Optimisation of surface enhanced raman spectroscopy reproducibility for pterin detection, Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE, 8801, 2013, art. no. 880107 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
C.A. Smyth,I. Mirza, J.G. Lunney and E.M. McCabe, Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy of Pterins using silver nanoparticles, SPIE , 8234, 2012, p82341G1 - G7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Fellow of the Institute of Physics
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin
The Hewlett-Packard for Innovation in Electronic Engineering
Royal television Society Baird Scholarship
Senior Scholar Lincoln College Oxford
Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellow
Fellow of Magdalen College Oxford
Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Fellow
Professor McCabe's research interests are in the area of high resolution imaging. She brings an engineering perspective to this subject with a career spanning Engineering and Physics Departments and also industry in AT&T (Lucent) Bell Laboratories. This field of microscopy has revolutionized the way biologists, physicists and engineers use light to image a range of samples from biological cells to semiconductor devices. The three-dimensional, high-resolution, non-destructive features are captivating new microscope users around the globe and driving the development of radically new types of confocal microscopes. Professor McCabe's group focuses on the theoretical as well as the experimental aspects of confocal imaging where she designs new microscopes and develops new imaging techniques. She holds patents on this work. She is particularly interested in multi-aperture imaging using novel approaches to increase imaging speed by imaging in parallel. Her work has focused on new imaging techniques which may ultimately drive down the cost of high resolution imaging systems.