Dr. Shane O'Mahony


I completed my BSc joint honours in physics and mathematics at University College Cork in 2015. I was then awarded a Government of Ireland postgraduate scholarship by the Irish Research Council to pursue a PhD in Condensed matter theory under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Fahy and Dr Felipe-Murphy Armando. My PhD work focused on the non-equilibrium physics of materials under intense optical excitation by an ultrashort laser pulse. The main publication on which my thesis was based went on to win Tyndall’s postgraduate student paper of the year competition. In December 2019, I began working as a postdoctoral researcher in the UCC Quantum Matter group, under the supervision of Prof. Seamus Davis, studying the physics of high temperature copper-oxide superconductivity. I am currently lecturing in classical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics at University College Cork while continuing my research with the UCC Quantum Matter group. 


Education and experience:

(2011 – 2015) BSc Joint honours Physics and Mathematics at UCC.

(2015-2020) PhD Theoretical physics. Thesis title: “Electronic excitation and atomic forces in optically excited group V semimetals”.

(2019-2021) Post-doctoral researcher at Quantum Matter group, UCC.

(2021-present) Lecturer, physics department, UCC.

Research Interests

Physics of strongly correlated electronic systems, high-Tc superconductivity, Photoexcited systems of electrons and phonons, theory of electron and phonon scattering.  


Google scholar profile @ https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3KLTh8IAAAAJ&hl=en


Teaching Activity

This year I am teaching PY2101: Classical Mechanics and PY3104: Statistical Thermodynamics.



Shane O'Mahony

Contact Details:





Department of Physics

Roinn na Fisice

Room 213 (Physics Office), 2nd floor, Kane Science Building, University College Cork, Ireland.,