Dr. F. A. (Tony) Deeney

Senior Lecturer (Emeritus)


Physics Department
University College Cork


Phone: +353-21-4902451
Fax : +353-21-4276949
Email: f.a.deeney@ucc.ie


B.Sc. (NUI) 1960

M.Sc. (NUI) 1962
Ph.D. (Birmingham) 1965
M Inst. P, C Phys.


Professional Employment

Senior Lecturer (Emeritus); Part-time Researcher
University College Cork, Ireland, Department of Physics


Teaching Interests

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Classical Mechanics


Research Interests


Current Research Areas

  • Studies of the foundations of Zero Point Energy
  • The Density Maximum Anomalies in Liquid He4 and in Water


Selected Publications

  • ‘On the issue of zero point energy in Bose-Einstein condensates’ Phys. Letts.A 383 589-592 (2019)
  • An understanding of the properties of the dineutron and the deuteron in terms of quantum wave function interference Phys.Letts. A 376 2533-2537 (2012) (with J. P. O’Leary’)
  • The effects of the Pauli exclusion principle in determining the ionisation energies of the helium atom and helium-like ions Eur. J. Phys.33 667-676 (2012) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • A van der Waals’ equation of state for a dilute boson gas Eur. J. Phys.33 677-689 (2012) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • A note on the zero point energy of an ideal boson gas Eur. J. Phys. 32 L19 (2011) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • ‘The internal energy and thermodynamic behaviour of a boson gas below the Bose-Einstein temperature’ Phys. Letts. A 375 1637-1639 (2011) (with J. P. O’Leary’)
  • ‘An experimental investigation of the process of isotope exchange that takes place when heavy water is exposed to the atmosphere’ Eur. J. Phys.30 871-876 (2009) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • ‘The effects of quantum zero point energy fluctuations on the variation with concentration of the maximum density temperatures in water-alcohol solutions’ Chem. Phys. Letts. 465 216-219 (2008) (with J. P. O’Leary, B. Cronin and D. M. O’Leary )
  • ‘A rapid method for measuring maximum density temperatures in water and aqueous solutions for the study of quantum zero point energy effects in these liquids’ Eur. J. Phys. 29 871-877 (2008) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • ‘Zero point energy and the origin of the density maximum in water’ Phys. Letts. A 372 1551-1554 (2008) (with J. P. O’Leary)
  • ‘The Density Maximum in Liquid He4 and its Relationship to the Lambda Point’ Phys. Letts. A 358 (2006) 53 – 56 (2006) (with J. P. O’Leary and P. O’Sullivan)


Selected Older Publications

  • ‘Characterisation of various Jamaican bauxite ores by quantitative Rietveld X-Ray powder and 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy’ Submitted to Int.l J. of Mineral Processing (with L.J. Kirwan, G. M. Croke and K. Hodnett) (2008)
  • ‘Iron oxide nanoparticle impregnated mesoporous silicas as platforms for the growth of carbon nanotubes’ Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 103 (2007) 142-149 (with D. Barreca, W.J. Blau, G.M. Croke, F.C. Dillon, J.D. Holmes, C. Kufazvinei, M.A. Morris, T.R. Spalding and E. Tondello)
  • ‘Photonic band gap thin films from mesoporous silica spheres acting as receptacles for species yielding added functionality’ Photonics and Nanostructures – Fundamentals and Applications 5 (2007) 91-95 (with F.C. Dillon, A. O’Mahony, I.M. Povey, M. Bardosova and M.E. Pemble)