Dr Peter J.M van der Burgt

Experimental Physics

Senior Lecturer

Science Building
2.5
(01) 7083782

About

Ph.D. in Physics (1986), University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Research Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (1986-1988), and at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (1989-1993). Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland (1988). Visiting Researcher at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2003).Lecturer in Experimental Physics at NUI Maynooth (1993-present).

Research Interests

This research project studies electron and photon impact fragmentation of molecules and clusters that are of interest to radiation damage studies, plasma physics, atmospheric physics and other fields. The experiment consists of a differentially pumped vacuum system, with an expansion chamber to generate a pulsed supersonic beam of molecules or clusters, and a collision chamber where the molecules or clusters are fragmented using a pulsed electron or laser beam. A reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer with a microchannel plate detector is used for the mass-resolved detection of ions. Neutral atoms, radicals and cluster fragments in metastable or high-lying Rydberg states (E* > 8 eV, t > 1 ms) are detected using a channeltron. The current focus is on electron impact fragmentation of biomolecules such as the DNA bases, and on generating beams of water clusters containing biomolecules and relevant atmospheric species. For more information see http://physics.nuim.ie/staff/peter.shtml .

Publications

Journals

  • Vadim A. Alekseev, Peter J. M. van der Burgt, and John G. McCaffrey (2012) 'Luminescence of Ion-Pair States of Halogens in LiquidPerfluorocarbons'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 116:1333 - 1336.
  • Howard, J., P.J.M. van der Burgt, B. Manil, P. Rousseau and B.A. Huber (2009) 'Detection of neutral metastable fragments from collisions with nucleobases'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS CONFERENCE SERIES, 194:052031.
  • G. Barrett and P. J. M. van der Burgt (2008) 'A new apparatus for the study of electron impact fragmentation of molecular clusters'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS CONFERENCE SERIES, 101:012008-1 - 012008-8.
  • N. Murphy, T .J. Naughton, D. Woods, B. Henley, K. Mcdermott, E. Duffy, P. J. M. van der Burgt and N. Woods (2007) 'Implementation of a model of physical sorting'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF UNOCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING, 4:3 - 12.
  • E. Duffy, and P.J. M. van der Burgt (2004) 'A new apparatus for the study of fragmentation processes in clusters'. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY, 49:58.
  • B. Shortt, P.J.M. van der Burgt, F. Giammanco, J. A. Slevin, and W. Lanigan (2002) 'Wavelength-dependent collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium'. PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 66:046411-1 - 046411-10. EPRINTS
  • B. Shortt, P.J.M. van der Burgt and F. Giammanco (2002) 'Resonant three-photon ionization of atomic hydrogen in a finite-bandwidth laser field and a static electric field'. LASER PHYSICS, 12:1402 - 1409.
  • P. Bowe, F. Giammanco, R. W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, and J.A. Slevin (1998) 'Observation of collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 58:1389 - 1398. EPRINTS
  • R.W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, P. Bowe, J.A. Slevin, D. Dziczek, and S. Chwirot (1998) 'Polarisation correlation measurements of electron impact excitation of H(2p) at 54.4 eV'. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS, 80:1630 - 1633. EPRINTS
  • R. W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, J.A. Slevin, A. Raczynski, J. Zaremba, and S. Chwirot (1998) 'Two-colour intensity suppression of multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 31:1003 - 1010.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt and J.W. McConkey (1995) 'Detection of neutral metastable fragments from electron impact on argon clusters'. JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 102:8414 - 8423. EPRINTS
  • R.A. Cline, P.J.M. van der Burgt, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1994) 'Measurement of the H(n=2) density matrix for 20–100 keV Collisions of H+ on He'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 49:2613 - 2629. EPRINTS
  • R.C.G. Ligtenberg, P.J.M. van der Burgt, S.P. Renwick, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1994) 'Optical Oscillator Strengths of Noble-Gas Resonance Transitions in the Vacuum-Ultraviolet Region'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 49:2363 - 2380. EPRINTS
  • S. Wang, P.J.M. van der Burgt, J.J. Corr, J.W. McConkey and D.H. Madison (1994) 'Coherent Excitation of Ar 4s'[1/2] and 4s[3/2] by Low Energy Electrons'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 27:329 - 339.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt, M. Antaya and J.W. McConkey (1992) 'Metastable Fragment Production by Electron-Impact Dissociation of SO2'. ZEITSCHRIFT FUR PHYSIK D, 24:125 - 130.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt and J.W. McConkey (1991) 'Metastable Fragment Production by Electron-Impact Dissociation of CF4'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 24:4821 - 4830.
  • J.J. Corr, P.J.M. van der Burgt, P. Plessis, M.A. Khakoo, P. Hammond and J.W. McConkey (1991) 'Coherence Parameter Measurements for Electrons Scattering off Heavy Noble Gas Targets'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 24:1069 - 1085.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt, J.J. Corr and J.W. McConkey (1991) 'The Effect of a Finite Interaction Region on the Measurement of Coherence Parameters in Electron-Photon Coincidence Experiments'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 24:1049 - 1067.
  • Ashburn, J.R. and Cline, R.A. and van der Burgt, P.J.M. and Westerveld, W.B. and Risley, J.S. (1990) 'Experimentally determined density matrices for H(n=3) formed in H+-He collisions from 20 to 100 keV'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 41:2407 - 2421. EPRINTS
  • J.R. Ashburn, R.A. Cline, P.J.M. van der Burgt, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1990) 'Experimentally determined Density Matrices for H(n=3) formed in H+-He Collisions for 20 to 100 keV'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 41:2407 - 2421.
  • S.Wang, P.J.M. van der Burgt and J.W. McConkey (1989) 'Cross Sections of the Kr II Transitions at 96.5 and 91.7 nm excited by Electron Impact'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 22:L341 - L345.
  • J.R. Ashburn, R.A. Cline, C.D. Stone, P.J.M. van der Burgt, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1989) 'Experimental Determination of the H(«=3) Density Matrix for 80 keV H+ on He'. PHYSICAL REVIEW A, 40:1757 - 1805. EPRINTS
  • PJ.M. van der Burgt, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1989) 'Photoemission Cross Sections for Atomic Transitions in the Extreme Ultraviolet due to Electron Collisions with Atoms and Molecules"'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL REFERENCE DATA, 18:1757 - 1805.
  • V.B. Westerveld, J.R. Ashburn, R.A. Cline, CD. Stone, PJ.M. r Burgt and J.S. Risley (1987) 'Determination of Density Matrices of H(«=3) Atoms formed in Charge Transfer between Protons and Helium Atoms'. NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH , 25:224 - 227.
  • PJ.M. van der Burgt and H.G.M. Heideman (1987) 'Investigation of an Optical Potential Model for Post-Collision Interaction in Ejected-Electron spectra'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 20:4605 - 4613.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt, J. van Eck and H.G.M. Heideman (1986) 'Shape Resonances and the Excitation of Helium Autoionising States by Electrons in the 57-66 eV Region'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 19:2015 - 2037.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt and H.G.M. Heideman (1985) 'A New Type of He- Resonance States in the Autoionisation Region'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 18:L755 - L761.
  • PJ.M. van der Burgt, J. van Eck and H.G.M. Heideman (1985) 'A New He- Resonance in the Excitation of the (2s2p)3P Autoionising State by Electrons'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 18:L171 - L761.
  • P. J.M. van der Burgt, J. van Eck and H.G.M. Heideman (1985) 'Orbital Angular Momentum Exchange in Post-Collision Interaction'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICS B: ATOMIC MOLECULAR AND OPTICAL PHYSICS, 18:999 - 1009.

Chapters

  • Peter J. M. van der Burgt (2008) 'Can Science Detect Design in Nature?'. In: Fiachra Long (eds.) Irish Philosophical Yearbook 2008, Irish Philosophical Society: Maynooth, Ireland.
  • W.B. Westerveld, J.R. Ashburn, R.A. Cline, C.D. Stone, P.J.M. van der Burgt and J.S. Risley (1988) 'Determination of Density Matrices of Excited H-Atoms'. In: A. Crowe and M. Kudge (eds.) Correlation and Polarization in Electronic and Atomic Collisions, Springer:
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt, J. van Eck and H.G.M. Heideman (1985) 'Orbital Angular Momentum Exchange in Post-Collision Interaction'. In: H. Kleinpoppen, J.S. Briggs and H.O. Lutz (eds.) Fundamental Processes in Atomic Collision Physics, Springer:

Review Articles

  • P.J.M. van der Burgt, W.B. Westerveld and J.S. Risley (1989) 'Photoemission Cross Sections for Atomic Transitions in the Extreme Ultraviolet due to Electron Collisions with Atoms and Molecules'. JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL REFERENCE DATA, 18:1757 - 1805.

Non-peer Review Articles

  • B. Shortt, F. Giammanco, and P.J.M. van der Burgt (2002) 'Collective effects in laser-produced plasmas'. Irish Scientist Yearbook 2002, 176.
  • P. Bowe, P.J.M. van der Burgt, R. W. O’Neill, and J. Slevin (1997) 'Shining light on hydrogen atoms'. Irish Scientist Yearbook 1997, 136.

Conferences

  • G. Barrett and P. J. M. van der Burgt (2007) 'Electron impact fragmentation of molecular clusters'. Winter Meeting of the Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group,
  • G. Barrett and P.J.M. van der Burgt (2006) 'Electron impact fragmentation of molecular clusters'. ESF Conference Biomolecules - From Gas Phase Properties to Reactions Relevant in Living Cells,
  • E. Duffy and P.J.M. van der Burgt (2005) 'A new apparatus for the study of electron-impact fragmentation of clusters'.
  • M. S. Brouri, P. J. M. van der Burgt, J. Jureta, and X. Urbain (2003) 'Absolute cross section for the resonant photodetachment of He-'. XXIII International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • B. Shortt, F. Giammanco, P.J.M. van der Burgt and R.W. O'Neill (2001) 'Collective Effects in Resonant Multiphoton Ionisation of Atomic Deuterium'. 7th European Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics,
  • B Shortt, F Giammanco, P J M van der Burgt and R W O’Neill (2000) 'Collective Effects in the transient plasma formed by multiphoton ionization of deuterium atoms by a pulsed laser beam'. Proceedings of the International Seminar on Atomic Processes in Plasmas,
  • B. Shortt, F. Giammanco, P.J.M. van der Burgt and R.W. O'Neill (2000) 'Collective Effects in the Laser Plasma formed by 2+1 REMPI of Atomic Deuterium at 243 nm'. 27th Annual Plasma Physics Conference,
  • B J Shortt, F Giammanco, P J M van der Burgt and R W O’Neill (1999) 'Collective Effects in 2+1 REMPI of atomic deuterium at 243nm'. XXV Conference on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics,
  • G M Fitzpatrick, R W O'Neill, P J M van der Burgt and J A Slevin (1999) 'Polarisation Correlation Measurements of electron impact excitation of H(2p) at low energies'. XXV Conference on Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics,
  • G. M. Fitzpatrick, R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt and J. A. Slevin (1999) 'Polarisation correlation measurements of electron impact excitation of H(2p) at low energies'. XXI International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • B. Shortt, F. Giammanco, P. J. M. van der Burgt and R. W. O'Neill (1999) 'Collective effects in 2+1 REMPI of atomic deuterium at 243 nm'. XXI International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • (1997) 'Collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic hydrogen at 243 nm'. International Workshop on Photoionisation,
  • P. Bowe, R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt, J. A. Slevin A. Raczynski, J. Zaremba and S. Chwirot (1997) 'Two colour intensity modulation of the multiphoton ionization of atomic hydrogen'. International Workshop on Photoionisation,
  • R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt, D. Dziczek, G. Fitzpatrick, P. Bowe, S. Chwirot and J. A. Slevin (1997) 'Polarisation correlation measurements of electron impact excitation of H(2p) at 54.4 eV'. XX International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • P. Bowe, R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt, J. A. Slevin, A. Raczynski, J. Zaremba and S. Chwirot (1997) 'Two colour intensity modulation of the multiphoton ionization of atomic hydrogen'. XX International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • P. Bowe, R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt, J. A. Slevin and F. Giammanco (1997) 'Collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic hydrogen at 243 nm'. XX International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • P. D. Bowe, R. W. O'Neill, P. J. M. van der Burgt, F. Giammanco and J. A. Slevin (1997) 'Plasma effects in multiphoton ionization. (Anomalous saturation and modification of time of flight profiles)'. International Conference on Lasers,
  • R W O’Neill, P J M van der Burgt, D Dziczek, P Bowe, S. Chwirot and J A Slevin (1995) 'Coherence studies of electron impact excitation of H(2p)'. Proceedings of XIX International Conference of Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • P Bowe, R W O'Neill, P J M van der Burgt and J A Slevin (1995) 'Metastable excitation and resonant ionisation of atomic deuterium at 243nm'. Proceedings of XIX International Conference of Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions,
  • P Bowe, R W O'Neill, P J M van der Burgt and J A Slevin (1995) 'Metastable Excitation and Resonant Ionisation of atomic hydrogen at 243nm'. Fifth European Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics,
  • R W O'Neill, P J M van der Burgt, D Dziczek, P Bowe, S Chwirot and J A Slevin (1995) 'Electron-Photon Polarisation Correlation Measurements of H(2p)'. Fifth European Conference on Atomic and Molecular Physics,

Additional Scholarly Contributions

  • Van der Burgt, P.J.M., A. Hunniford, R.W. McCullough, C. Latimer, R. Antunes, D. Almeida, and P. Limão-Vieira (2009) 'Low-energy negative-ion impact on organic molecules of biological and astrophysical relevance'. Book of Abstracts, QuAMP09 (International Conference on Quantum, Atomic, Molecular and Plasma Physics, Leeds, UK, September 2009),
  • Van der Burgt, P.J.M., J. Howard, B. Manil, P. Rousseau and B.A. Huber (2009) 'Electron and ion collisions with adenine and thymine'. Book of Abstracts, RADAM 2009 (6th International Conference on Radiation Damage in Biomolecular Systems, Frankfurt, Germany, July 2009),
  • Howard, J., P.J.M. van der Burgt, B. Manil, P. Rousseau and B.A. Huber (2009) 'Detection of neutral metastable fragments from collisions with nucleobases'. Book of Abstracts, ITS LEIF Annual Meeting (Playa d’Aro, Girona, Spain, May 2009),