Peter van der Burgt is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Experimental Physics at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He obtained MSc and PhD degrees in physics at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, where he performed research on electron collisions with helium atoms. He has held postdoctoral positions at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, USA) and the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), and has been a guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA). Since 1994 he has been lecturing Experimental Physics in Maynooth. His general area of research and experience is electron and photon collisions with atoms, molecules, and clusters. His current research is focussing on electron-impact induced dissociation and fragmentation of biomolecules in the gas phase, small molecular clusters, and biomolecules and atmospherically relevant molecules solvated in water clusters. His research group is affiliated with the ITS LEIF project (http://www.its-leif.org/), funded by the EU 6th Framework Programme. Collisions of low-energy electrons with biomolecules are relevant for studies of radiation damage in biomolecular systems.

Peter van der Burgt has been honorary secretary and committee member of the Institute of Physics in Ireland (1998 – 2006), and is currently secretary of the Atomic and Molecular Interactions Group of the Institute of Physics. He is committee member of Christians in Science Ireland, and is a member of Christians in Science and the American Scientific Affiliation.

Recent scientific publications

  • G. Barrett and P.J.M. van der Burgt: "A new apparatus for the study of electron impact fragmentation of molecular clusters", Journal of Physics, Conference Series, 101 (2008) 012008-1-8.
  • B. Shortt, P.J.M. van der Burgt, F. Giammanco, J.A. Slevin, and W. Lanigan: "Wavelength-dependent collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium", Phys. Rev. E 66 (2002) 046411-1-10. Also published in the Virtual Journal of Ultrafast Science (www.vjultrafast.org), Vol. 1, Nov. 2002.
  • B. Shortt, P.J.M. van der Burgt and F. Giammanco: "Resonant three-photon ionization of atomic hydrogen in a finite-bandwidth laser field and a static electric field", Laser Physics 12 (2002) 1402-1409.
  • P. Bowe, R.W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, J.A. Slevin, A. Raczynski, J. Zaremba, and S. Chwirot: "Two-colour intensity suppression of multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium", J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 31 (1998) 1003-1010.
  • P. Bowe, F. Giammanco, R.W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, and J.A. Slevin: "Observation of collective effects in the multiphoton ionization of atomic deuterium", Phys. Rev. A 58 (1998) 1389-1398.
  • R.W. O’Neill, P.J.M. van der Burgt, P. Bowe, J.A. Slevin, D. Dziczek, and S. Chwirot: "Polarisation correlation measurements of electron impact excitation of H(2p) at 54.4 eV", Phys. Rev. Lett. 80 (1998) 1630-1633.
  • P.J.M. van der Burgt and J.W. McConkey: "Detection of neutral metastable fragments from electron impact on argon clusters", J. Chem. Phys. 102 (1995) 8414-8423.

Publications in science and religion

  • P.J.M. van der Burgt: "Can science detect design in nature?", article submitted to the 2008 Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society.

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