James is from a small town in Texas and always enjoyed science and maths growing up. He was awarded an Honours B.S. in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007 and went on to get his M.S. in physics from Baylor University in 2010. He enjoys teaching physics at all levels and hopes to pursue physics lecturing and plasma research once he graduates. Outside of academia he enjoys small construction projects, tinkering, gardening and travelling.
James’s research centres around plasma physics, in particular the manipulation of laser produced plasmas. He is an experimentalist and very hands-on in the design and setup of experiments and diagnostics. His current work involves plasma heating via inductive coupling and applications of his work are primarily aimed at LIBS.
Capabilities and Expertise
- Time and space resolved plasma spectroscopy
- Time gated ICCD photography
- Plasma discharges, pinches
- ns laser ablation
- Plasma probe construction and diagnostics
- Complex (dusty) plasmas
- Laser machining
- Computational modelling and programming (COMSOL, PrismSPECT, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Mathematica, C, FORTRAN, Python, etc.)
- GEC rf Reference Cells
- Pulsed power electronics
- High vacuum systems
Trinity Walton Club
James is also a Physics Educator in a Pilot Scheme STEM weekly Saturday club (Trinity Walton Club) for 13-14 year olds. It is an exciting joint venture between three Trinity College Dublin schools: Physics, Education and Maths. Along with another Physics Educator, he is responsible for developing challenging but palatable physics curricula for the club. The club provides opportunities for young adults to:
- Develop their critical thinking and problem solving abilities.
- Increase their depth of STEM knowledge.
- Encourage individuals to become more interested and engaged in STEM.