Austin Cunningham

Professor Emeritus - Academic Affairs And Provost
cunning@utdallas.edu
972-883-2667
PHY1502
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Tags: Physics

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Physics
Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland - 1969
B.Sc. - Physics
Queens University, Belfast, N. Ireland - 1966

Research Areas

FIELDS OF RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION INCLUDE
  • Atomic and Molecular Collision Physics., Gas Phase Kinetics, mass spectrometry
  • EUV-VIS optical Diagnostics and Spectroscopy
  • Plasma Processing for thin film growth, doping and diagnostics
  • Laser development and application to thin film characterization
  • Surface state reactions and monitorinfg using Kelvin probes.
Overview
Dr. Cunningham studies collisional processes occurring in planetary atmospheres, governing gas laser operation, important in thin film plasma deposition, and determining the output of high intensity lamps. The motivation is a better understanding of the collisional and radiative pathways governing energy production, transfer and loss in the different plasma environments.
Research Interests

KryptonSpectra

Lectures on the role played by collisions in gas discharges and in explaining satellite and planetary probe data fascinated me while an undergraduate student in Ireland. I undertook a shock tube study of the temperature dependence of recombination of molecular ions and electrons important in upper atmosphere physics and vehicle re-entry problems for my doctoral work. As a postdoctoral fellow I used mass spectrometers to examine large cluster ion formation at low temperatures. Visible emission and absorption spectroscopy of molecular systems was then applied in studies of energy transfer processes leading to laser output. Integration of ultraviolet probing facilitated tracking of metastable atom production and conversion pathways in rare gas plasmas that lead to bound to free transitions. Of interest here is how to harness the desired pathways for high intensity UV lamp and tunable laser production. Krypton results at different pressures are shown in the figure. Also in progress are studies of collisions at surfaces and the role played by surface states in determining work function properties of surfaces and films.

Publications

A Factorial Analysis of the Preparation and Properties of a-C: H Thin Films. J.N. Johnson and A.J.Cunningham, Diamond and Related Materials, 2, 670 (1997) 1997 - Publication
The Role of Residual casting Solvent in Determining the Lithographic and Dissolution Behavior of PMMA, R.Criss and A. J. Cunningham. The Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology, 13, 436 (1995) 1995 - Publication
Ionic E.U.V. branching Ratio Measurements Using Electron-Impact Excitation, Feng Yang and A.J.Cunningham, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, 49,53 (1993). 1993 - Publication
Photoluminescence Investigation ofa-C:Il Thin Films, J.W.Glesener, J.M.Anthony and A.Cunningharn. Diamond and Related Materials, 2,670(1993) 1993 - Publication
Temperature Dependencies of Ternary-Ion Molecule Association Reactions Yielding N3+, N4+~ and (CO2 +); J.A.Guthrie, R.C.Chaney and A.i.Cunningham, Journal of Chemical Physics, 95, 930 (1991) 1991 - Publication
A Variable Time-Resolution MCS for Kinetic Studies with J.D.Clark, i.A.Guthrie and R.C.Chaney Journal of Physics E, 22, 709 ( 1989). 1989 - Publication
Dissociative Recombination Measurements at Elevated Temperatures in I-Ielium-Neon Mixtures with L Jiang, i.A.Guthrie and R.C.Chaney, Journal of Physics B.: At. Mot. Phys., 22, 3047 (1989). 1989 - Publication
Measurements of Oscillator Strengths for EUV Emissions of Ionized Oxygen, Nitrogen and Sulfur with L.J. Ryan and L.A. Rayburn J. Quantative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 42, 259 (1989). 1989 - Publication
Laser induced etching of silicon at248nm by F2/Ne. with S.Palmer and K.Orvec CLEO 1988 Technical Digest Volume 7 Paper WX3 April 1988 1988 - Publication
A Microcomputer Based Transient Digitizer with 1m sec Resolution, J.A. Guthrie, JD. Clark, L. Jiang and A.J. Cunningham, Journal of Physics E., 20, 1284 (1987). 1987 - Publication

Appointments

Professor Emeritus
[2016–2018]
Associate Provost
[2015–2016]
Dean
The University of Texas at Dallas [1994–2015]
Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1984–2016]
Associate Dean
The University of Texas at Dallas [1978–1984]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1984]
Head
The University of Texas at Dallas [1975–1978]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1972–1975]

Additional Information

DISSERTATIONS -THESES SUPERVISED
  • Waller, R.A., Rate Coefficients for the Charge Transfer and Penning Ionization of N. and CO by Ion and Metastable Helium Molecules - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1975).
  • Colton, D.P., Charge Neutralization of a High Pressure Helium Afterglow - MS. Thesis (The University of Texas at Dallas 1976).
  • Meyers, G.D., Reaction Rate Measurements of Helium Metastble Species at Atmospheric Pressures - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1977).
  • Sierra, R.A., Relaxation of Excited Neon Atoms in Their Parent Gas - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1978).
  • Clark. J.D.. Excitation Transfer Reactions in Neon Afterglows at 150K, 300K, and 400 K - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1982).
  • Morrison, M.D., Branching Ratios in Ions of Aerononic and Planetary Interest - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1982).
  • Akoshile, Clement 0., An Experimental Study of Excitation Transfer Processes in Neon Afterglows - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1984)
  • Ryan, Laurence J., Beam-Foil Measurements of Oscillator Strengths For EUV Emissions ofNitrogen, Oxygen and Sulfur Ions - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1988).
  • Jiang, Lin , Dissociative Recombination at High Temperature. - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1988)
  • Palmer, Shane R., Excimer Laser induced Etching of Silicon. - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1988)
  • Guthrie, John A., Measured Temperature Dependencies of Ternary Ion-Molecule Association Reactions yielding N3+,N4+~ and (CO2+)2; - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1989)
  • Glesener, John W., The Growth, Doping and Characterization of a:C-H Films. - Ph.D Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1990)
  • Yang, Peng., Ionic EUV Branching Ratio Measurements using Electron Impact and Discharge Excitation - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas At Dallas 1991)
  • Criss, Robert Randy., The role of Residual Casting Solvent in Determining the Lithographic and Dissolution Behavior of PoIy Methyl Methacrylate, a Positive Electron Beam Resist - Ph.D Dissertaion (The University of Texas at Dallas 1993)
  • Mathunjwa, Mduduzi M., Kinetic Scheme of the Four Lowest Lying Excited States of Krypton - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1995)
  • Johnson, James Neil., A Factorial Analysis of the Preparation and Properties of Amorphous l-Iydrogenated Carbon Thin Films - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 1995)
  • Hebert, Joseph Ellis., Development of a Quadrupole Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 2000)
  • Huffman, James Douglas, Light Sensitivity of a one Transistor-one Capacitor Memory Cell when used as a Micromirror Actuator in projector Applications - h.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 2001)
  • Alexandr Novikov, Photovoltage and Work Function Measurement of Silicon Surfaces - Ph.D. Dissertation (The University of Texas at Dallas 2005)