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Eithne Mary Mc Cabe
Fellow Emeritus, Physics

Biography

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.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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, 2016 10th International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics, METAMATERIALS 2016, 2016, 2016, pp121 - 123 Conference Paper, 2016 URL DOI

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, 2015 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, 2015 DOI TARA - Full Text

Biomedical spectroscopy and Imaging, 3, (2014), 225 - 229p, Sam Mehigan, Ciaran Smyth and Eithne McCabe, [eds.] Journal, 2014

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, 2014

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, 2013 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, 2013 DOI

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, 2013 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, 2012

C. Smyth, S.E.J. Bell, Y.P. Rakovich and E.M.McCabe, Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) of pterins, Nanotechnology, 53, 2011, pp76- Conference Paper, 2011

C.A. Smyth, S. Mehigan, Y. P. Rakovich, S.E. J Bell and E.M. McCabe, Pterin detection using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy incorporating a straightforward silver colloid-based synthesis technique, J. Biomed. Opt., 16, 2011, p077007- Journal Article, 2011

C. Smyth, S. Mehigan, Y. P. Rakovich, S. E. J. Bell and E. M. McCabe, Biological sensing with Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) using a facile and rapid silver colloid-based synthesis technique, SPIE, 7911, 2011, p79111H- Journal Article, 2011 DOI

C. Smyth, J.J. Wang, S.E.J.Bell, Y.P. Rakovich and E.M. McCabe, Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy using metal nanostructure substrates towards the study of pterins, Biosensors 2010, 20th Anniversary World Congress on Biosensors, Glasgow, UK, 26-28 May 2010, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

R. Reilly, C. Smyth, Y. Rakovich and E. McCabe, Photoluminescent lifetime of polyelectrolytes in thin films formed via layer by layer self assembly, Nanotechnology, 20, (095707), 2009 Journal Article, 2009

C. Smyth, R. Reilly, Y. Rakovich and E. McCabe, Synthesis and formation of one-dimensional Au nanoparticle chains, J.Surf.Sci.Nanotech., 7, 2009, p327 - 329 Journal Article, 2009

C.Smyth, Y. Rakovich, E. McCabe, Investigation and characterisation of 1-dimensional plasmonic structures, Proceedings of Photonics Ireland, Kinsale, Co. Cork, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

C.Smyth, Y. Rakovich, E. McCabe, Alignment and FLIM imaging of Ag nanowires with CdTe quantum dots, Proceedings of 11th International Conference on Transparent Optical Networks Ponta Delgada University, Azores, Portugal, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

C. Smyth, R. Reilly, Y. Rakovich and E. McCabe, Synthesis and formation of one-dimensional Au nanoparticle chains, 4th International Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, Ireland, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

C. Smyth, R. Reilly, Y. Rakovich and E. McCabe, Synthesis and formation of one-dimensional Au nanoparticle chains, 2nd International Conference on Advanced Nano Materials, Aveiro, Portugal, 29, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

R Reilly, Y. Rakovich and E. McCabe, Fluorescent lifetime imaging as a new tool to investigate surface plasmon enhanced spontaneous emission, Photonics Ireland Conference, Galway, Ireland, 33, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

A. MacRaighine, Y. Rakovich, Y. Gunko, E. McCabe, Imaging of Enhanced Fluorescence by Nanostructured Gold Particles, Institute of Physics Conference Quantum Electronics and Photonics (QEP-17), Manchester, UK, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

A. MacRaighne, E. McCabe and T. Scharf, A. MacRaighne, E. McCabe and T. Scharf, Review of Scientific Instrumentation, 77, (055103), 2006 Journal Article, 2006

E. McCabe, L. Dunbar and T. Scharf, Confocal microscopy using variable-focal-length microlenses and an optical fibre bundle, Applied Optics, 44, 2005, p5928-5936 Journal Article, 2005

A. MacRaighne, J. Wang, E. McCabe and T. Scharf, Variable focal-length microlens arrays in confocal micro, Proc.SPIE, SPIE Three-dimensional and Multi-dimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing, 5701, 2005, pp93-100 Conference Paper, 2005

A. MacRaighne, L. Yang and E. McCabe, Three-dimensional confocal microscopy of fluorescent microspheres: imaging size and determination, Proc.SPIE , 5827, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Y.P. Rakovich, L. Yang, C.M. Taylor, L.A. Dunbar, A. Mac Raighne, J.F. Donegan, E.M. McCabe, Three dimensional confocal microscopy of fluorescent microspheres: imaging and size determination , In: "Photonic Engineering" Proceedings of SPIE, OPTO Ireland. SPIE Meeting. Conference 5827A "Photon Management Research in Ireland", Royal Dublin Society, Dublin, Ireland , 4-6 April, 2005, edited by B.W. Bowe, G. Byrne, A.J. Flanagan, T.J. Glynn, J. Magee, G.M. O'Connor, R.F. O'Dowd, G.D. O'Sullivan, J.T. Sheridan , 5827, SPIE, 2005, pp299 - 304 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Rakovich, Y.P.; Yang, L.; Taylor, C.M.; Dunbar, L.A.; Mac Raighne, A.; Donegan, J.F.; McCabe, E.M., Three dimensional confocal microscopy of fluorescent microspheres: Imaging and size determination, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, Opto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering, Opto-Ireland 2005: Photonic Engineering, Dublin, 04 April, edited by Brian W. Bowe, Gerald Byrne, Aidan J. Flanagan, Thomas J. Glynn, Jonathan Magee, Gerard M. O'Connor, Ronan F. O'Dowd, Gerard D. O'Sullivan, John T. Sheridan , 5827, SPIE, 2005, pp299 - 304 Poster, 2005 TARA - Full Text DOI

Anti-Stokes emission and resonance-enhanced Raman scattering from spherical microcavities with CdTe quantum dots, Y. Rakovich, M. Gerlach, E. McCabe, J. Donegan, T. Perova, A. Moore, N. Gaponik, A.L. Rogach , Nano2004, 7th International Conference on Nanostructured Materials,, Wiesbaden, Germany, June 20-24, 2004, pppp109- Conference Paper, 2004

A. MacRaighne, L. Yang, L. Dunbar, E. McCabe and T. Scharf, Confocal Microscopy and Variable-Focal-Length Microlenses, Proc.SPIE , SPIE Photonics West BiOS 2004: International Biomedical Optics Symposium, San Jose, California, USA, 5324, 2004, pp55-64 Conference Paper, 2004

Yu.P. Rakovich, M. Gerlach, E.M. McCabe, J.F. Donegan, T. Perova, A. Moore, A.L. Rogach, N. Gaponik, Resonance-Enhanced Raman Scattering and Anti-Stokes Emission From Spherical Microcavities With CdTe Quantum Dots, Abstracts, The European Materials Conference, European Material Research Society Spring Meeting. E-MRS 2004, Symposium A2: Nanophotonic Materials, Strasbourg, France, May 24-28, 2004, 2004, pp27- Meeting Abstract, 2004

L. Yang, C.M. Taylor, Y.P. Rakovich, E.M. McCabe, The three-dimensional imaging of microspheres in confocal and conventional polarization microscopes, Proceedings of SPIE , SPIE. Photonics West. BIOS2003. Conference 4964 Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing X, San Jose, California, USA, 25-31 January 2003, edited by J.-A. Conchello, C.J. Cogswell, T. Wilson , 4964, SPIE, 2003, pp66 - 72 Conference Paper, 2003 DOI URL

Yu. Rakovich, L. Yang, C.M. Taylor, L.A. Dunbar, A. MacRaighne, J. Donegan, E.M. McCabe, Imaging and size determination of a spherical microcavity by confocal fluorescence microscopy, Abstracts, 27th Annual Symposium of Microscopical Society of Ireland , University College Cork, Ireland, Sept. 10-12, 2003, 2003, pp16- Meeting Abstract, 2003

L. Yang, C.M. Taylor, Y.P. Rakovich and E.M. McCabe, The three-dimensional imaging of microspheres with confocal and conventional polarization microscopes, Applied Optics, 42, (28), 2003, p5693 - 5700 Journal Article, 2003 URL

Y.P. Rakovich, L. Yang, E.M. McCabe, J.F. Donegan, T. Perova, A. Moore, N. Gaponik, A. Rogach, Whispering Gallery Mode Emission from a Composite System of CdTe Nanocrystals and a Spherical Microcavity, Semiconductor Science and Technology, 18, (11), 2003, p914 - 918 Journal Article, 2003 DOI URL

E. McCabe, C. Taylor and L. Yang, Novel Imaging in Confocal Microscopy, Proc.SPIE., SPIE Conference on Three-dimensional and Multi-dimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing, San Jose, California, USA, 4876, 2002, 1-10 Conference Paper, 2002

E. McCabe, A. Allen, J. O'Brien and S. McGrath, Women in Physics in Ireland, American Institute of Physics Conf.Proc., 628, 2002, pp177 Conference Paper, 2002

C. Taylor, L. Yang and E. McCabe, Source coherence and optical sectioning in DVMs, Proc.SPIE., SPIE Conference on Three-dimensional and Multi-dimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing, 4621, 2002, pp32-39 Conference Paper, 2002

L. Yang, C.M. Taylor, Y.P. Rakovich, E. McCabe, A. Rogach, N. Gaponik, Light confinement in photonic dots with a quantum dot nanocrystal shell, Abstracts, OPTO Ireland. SPIE Regional Meeting, Galway, Ireland , 5-6 September 2002, 2002, pp42 - 42 Meeting Abstract, 2002

J.F. Donegan, Yu.P. Rakovich, L. Yang, E.M. McCabe, T. Perova, A. Moore, N. Gaponik, A. Rogach, Whispering Gallery Mode Lasing from a Composite System of CdTe Nanocrystals and a Spherical Microcavity, Program, Material Research Society 2002 Fall Meeting. Symposium E: Physics and Thechnology of Semiconductor Quantum Dots, Boston, MA, USA, December 2-5, 2002, 2002, pp105- Poster, 2002

C. Taylor and E. McCabe, Effects of source coherence and aperture array geometry on optical sectioning strength in direct-view microscopy, J.Opt.Soc.Am.A , 19, (7), 2002, p1406-1416 Journal Article, 2002

C. Taylor, P. Smith, E. McCabe, D. Selviah, S. Day and L. Commander, Switchable fibre coupling using variable-focal-length microlenses, Review of Scientific Instrumentation, 72, (7), 2001, p3132-3134 Journal Article, 2001

P. Smith, C. Taylor, A. Shaw and E. McCabe, Programmable array microscopy using a ferroelectric liquid crystal SLM, Appl.Optics , 39, (16), 2000, p2664-2669 Journal Article, 2000

Jordan, C. McCabe, E.M. Donegan, J.F. Nakano, K. Ishibashi, A.Itoh, S. , Recovery of degradation in Il-VI laser diode structure , Electronic Letters, 35, (15), 1999, p1281 - 1283 Journal Article, 1999 DOI

Jordan, C.; Fewer, D.T.; Donegan, J.F.; Logue, F.P.; McCabe, E.M.; Huynh, A.; Taniguchi, S.; Hino, T.; et. al., Defect annealing in a II-VI laser diode structure under intense optical excitation , Journal of Crystal Growth, 185, 1998, p585 - 586 Journal Article, 1998 URL

D.T.Fewer,C.Jordan, S.J.Hewlett, E.M.McCabe, F.P.Logue, J.F.Donegan,J.Hegarty, S.Taniguchi, T.Hino, K.Nakano and A.Ishibashi, Degradation dynamics of II-VI (ZnCdSe) quantum well materials using confocal photoluminescence microscopy, Proceedings of Royal Microscopical Society Conference on Microscopy of Semiconducting Materials, Royal Microscopical Society Conference on Microscopy of Semiconducting Materials, 157, 1998, pp569 - 572 Conference Paper, 1998

Jordan, C.; Fewer, D. T.; Donegan, J. F.; McCabe, E. M.; Huynh, A.; Logue, F. P.; Taniguchi, S.; Hino, T.; Nakano, K.; Ishibashi, A., Defect annealing in a II-VI laser diode structure under intense optical excitation, Applied Physical Letters, 72, (2), 1998, p194 - 196 Journal Article, 1998 TARA - Full Text DOI

D. Fewer, S. Hewlett and E. McCabe, Imaging in fluorescence direct-view microscopy, J.Opt.Communications , 152, 1998, p393-402 Journal Article, 1998

D.T.Fewer, S.J.Hewlett , E.M.McCabe and J.Hegarty, Direct-view microscopy: experimental investigation of the dependence of the optical sectioning characteristics on pinhole-array configuration, Journal of Microscopy, 187, (1), 1997, p54 - 61 Journal Article, 1997 DOI

Logue, F. P.; Fewer, D. T.; Hewlett, S. J.; Heffernan, J. F.; Jordan, C.; Rees, P.; Donegan, J. F.; McCabe, E. M.; Hegarty, J.; Taniguchi, S.; Hino, T.; Nakano, K.; Ishibashi, A., Optical measurement of the ambipolar diffusion length in a ZnCdSe-ZnSe single quantum well, Journal of Appleid Physics, 81, (1), 1997, p536 - 538 Journal Article, 1997 DOI TARA - Full Text

S. Hewlett, D. Fewer and E. McCabe, Influence of source coherence and aperture distribution on the imaging properties in direct-view microscopy, J.Opt.Soc.Am.A, 14, 1997, p1066-1075 Journal Article, 1997

E. M. McCabe, D. T. Fewer, A. C. Ottewill, S. J. Hewlett J. Hegarty, Direct-view microscopy: optical sectioning strength for finite-sized, multiple-pinhole arrays, Journal of Microscopy, 184, (2), 1996, p95 - 105 Journal Article, 1996 DOI

O'Sullivan, G.; Hegarty, J.; Horan, P.; Kakizaki, S.; Kelly, B.; McCabe, E., Simulation of a novel, optically addressable, switched-current/continuous-time, current- mode cellular neural network, Electronic Letters, 31, 1995, p563 - 564 Journal Article, 1995 URL

The monolithic integration of quantum-well high-electron-mobility field-effect transistors, and asymmetric Fabry-Perot optical modulators. in, Institute of Physics Conference Series, IOP, 1995, pp519 - 522, [O'Sullivan, G., Aherne, T., McCabe, E., Hegarty, J., Horan, P. , Corbett, B.] Book Chapter, 1995

Research Expertise

Description

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.

Keywords

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

Recognition

Representations

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

Awards and Honours

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