Physics Department

University College Cork

Physics Dept., University College Cork
Tel: 353-(0)21-4902373
Fax: 353-(0)21-4276949
Tyndall National Institute, Prospect Row, Cork
Tel: 353-(0)21-4904864
Fax: 353-(0)21-4904880

Quantum Optics Group




and Presentations




Síle Nic Chormaic

Lecturer and Principal Investigator
Honorary Associate Professor at UKZN, South Africa
Tel: +353-(0)21- 490 4864 or 490 2373
Fax: +353-(0)21-490 4880 or 490 6949

Picture taken at La Thuile meeting.

  Curriculum Vitae
1986-1990 B.Sc. Double Honours in Experimental and Mathematical Physics, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
1990-1992 M.Sc. in Experimental Physics - Research, NUI Maynooth. Subject: Atomic collisions in the group of Prof. J. Slevin.
1992 -1994 Docteur en Physique (PhD), Laboratoire de Physique des Lasers, Université Paris XIII, Fance.  Subject: Atomic interferometry in the group of Prof. J. Baudon.
1995-1996 Postdoctoral researcher in the Institut für Experimentalphysik, Universität Innsbruck, Austria in the group of Prof. A. Zeilinger.
1996-1999 Postdoctoral researcher in the School of Physics, The University of Melbourne, Australia in the group of Prof. G. I. Opat.
1999-2000 Postdoctoral researcher in the Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Garching, Germany in the group of Prof. T. W. Hänsch.
2000-2001 Assistant Lecturer in Cork Institute of Technology.
2001-2006 Lecturer Career Grade in Cork Institute of Technology.
2006 - date Lecturer in University College Cork.

2011 Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Kwazul-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Research Interests
My research interests lie primarily in the interactions of atoms with magnetic and electric potentials. 

My work has been profiled by the Institute of Physics in Ireland "A Day in the Life of..." series.
Click here to see this profile.


For details on my teaching activities please click the link above.

Recipient of the President's Award for research into innovative forms of teaching and learning 2007-2008.

Women in Physics   

I had the pleasure to lead the Irish Team at the 4th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics in Stellenbosch, South Africa in April 2011.


Team members in Stellenbosch:  Tara Hennessy, Síle Nic Chormaic, Laura Tobin, Sandra Fee  pictured at the ICWIP meeting with Jocelyn Bell-Burnell (centre) and at the outreach event.


In 2008 I led the Irish Team to the 3rd IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics held in Seoul, South Korea.


Maria Bardosova, Jacinta Browne and Síle Nic Chormaic. Irish Team at 3rd ICWIP, Seoul, South Korea, Oct. 2008.
Right: View over Seoul.


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