Prof. Colm O’Sullivan

Associate Professor (retired)
Physics Department
University College Cork


Education and Membership of Professional Societies

1961 BSc National University of Ireland
1963 MSc National University of Ireland
1969 PhD Catholic University of America
1972 MInstP The Institute of Physics
1985 CPhys The Institute of Physics
1990 FInstP The Institute of Physics

Research Interests

  1. Cosmic ray astrophysics / origin of cosmic rays / gamma-ray astronomy

    1. Long-baseline cosmic ray coincidence experiments to search for gamma-ray bursts from supernovae and other cataclysmic astrophysical events
      Collaboration: Professor Brian McBreen, Dr David Fegan (UCD).
      Funded by NSC/NBST/EOLAS grants, 1973-1976, 1977-1980, 1981

    2. Development of time transfer techniques for widely spaced ground-based experiments
      Collaboration: Professor Alan Watson (University of Leeds).
      Funded by British Council grant, 1982-83

  2. Physics education / computers in physics teaching

    1. Microcomputer-based experiments for university level physics courses UNESCO logo
      Collaboration: UNESCO Division of Scientific Education and Research (Paris).
      Funded by UNESCO grants 1986-87, 1988-90

    2. Standardisation of interfaces for microcomuter based school experiments DES logo
      Collaboration: An Roinn Oideachais (post-primary branch). Dr. John O'Brien, University of Limerick.
      Funded by An Roinn Oideachais grants 1990-91

    3. Computerised Laboratory in Science and Technology Teaching Comlab logo
      Collaboration: Collaborating institutions in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and Slovenia (University of Ljubljana, promoter).
      Funded by EU Leonardo da Vinci 2 (Community Vocational Training Action Programme):
      Project SI143008 (ComLab-SciTech) 2000-2003; SI-05-B-F-PP-176008 (ComLab-2) 2004-2007

    4. Learning Environment for Physics Laboratory Activities ) Lepla logo
      Collaboration: Collaborating institutions in Italy, Poland (Technical University of Lodz, promoter), Sweden and UK.
      Funded by EU Socrates Minerva (eEurope initiative): Project 99843-CP-1-2002-1-PL (LEPLA) 2002-2005

Professional Societies and Activities