Elizabeth McCormack

Professor of Physics and Dean for Academic Affairs

I study fundamental aspects of molecular excited state-structure and dynamics using a variety of laser spectroscopy techniques. My interests include Rydberg and ion-pair state dynamics, photoionization, autoionization, predissociation, and photodissociation. The techniques I use include resonant multiphoton excitation and detection, time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, and resonant, four-wave mixing in the frequency and time domains. My work has been supported by the National Science Foundation through the CAREER and regular award programs.

I have also been a member of a collaboration of physicists, optical engineers and astronomers that has investigated the feasibility of using laser light to construct ultra-light weight large mirrors for space-based astronomical research. Our work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts.

Education

  • B.A., Astronomy and Physics, Wellesley College
  • Ph.D., Physics, Yale

Publications

  1. R. V. Stachnik, P. Melroy, E. F. McCormack, D. Arnold, and D. Y. Gezari
    MULTIPLE SPACECRAFT MICHELSON STELLAR INTERFEROMETER
    SPIE - Instrumentation in Astronomy V, 445, 358 (1984).

  2. E. E. Eyler, J. M. Gilligan, E. McCormack, A. Nussenzweig, and E. Pollack
    PRECISE TWO-PHOTON SPECTROSCOPY OF E  X INTERVALS IN H2
    Phys. Rev. A, 36, 3484 (1987).

  3. E. McCormack, J. M. Gilligan, C. Cornaggia, and E. E. Eyler
    MEASUREMENT OF HIGH RYDBERG STATES AND THE IONIZATION POTENTIAL OF H2
    Phys. Rev. A, 39, 2260 (1989).

  4. S. T. Pratt, E. F. McCormack, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    ROTATIONAL STATE DISTRIBUTIONS FROM VIBRATIONAL AUTOIONIZATION OF H2 REVISITED
    J. Chem. Phys. 92, 1831 (1990).

  5. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    ALIGNMENT OF THE E,F , vE'=1 STATE OF H2 BY TWO‑PHOTON EXCITATION
    J. Chem. Phys. 92, 4734 (1990).

  6. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    DOUBLE RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY OF AUTOIONIZING STATES OF N2 NEAR THE IONIZATION THRESHOLD
    Phys. Rev. A 42, 5445 (1990).

  7. S. T. Pratt, E. F. McCormack, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    MULTIPHOTON SPECTROSCOPY OF RYDBERG STATES OF SMALL MOLECULES
    in Multiphoton Processes, edited by G. Mainfray and P. Agostini (CEN, Saclay, 1991), p. 263.

  8. E. F. McCormack and E. E. Eyler
    PERTURBED STRUCTURE OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN NEAR THE SECOND DISSOCIATION LIMIT
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 1042 (1991).

  9. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    ANALYSIS OF THE 8f, 9f, AND 10f, v=1 RYDBERG STATES OF N2
    Phys. Rev. A 44, 3007 (1991).

  10. E. F. McCormack, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    FIELD-INDUCED ION-PAIR FORMATION IN MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 584 (1992).

  11. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    DOUBLE RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY OF A COMPLEX RESONANCE IN MOLECULAR NITROGEN
    Phys. Rev. A. 45, 4697 (1992).

  12. S. T. Pratt, E. F. McCormack, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    MULTIPHOTON IONIZATION AND ION-PAIR FORMATION IN MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
    10th International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet Radiation Physics, Paris, France, 27-31 July 1992, Book of Abstracts, p.56.

  13. J. L. Dehmer, P. M. Dehmer, S. T. Pratt, E. F. McCormack
    PROBING EXCITED MOLECULAR COMPLEXES WITH MULTIPHOTON AND SINGLE-PHOTON IONIZATION
    SPIE Proceedings on Laser Techniques for State Selective State to State Chemistry, Conference 1858, 1993.

  14. S. T. Pratt, P. M. Dehmer, J. L. Dehmer, and E.F. McCormack
    RESONANTLY ENHANCED MULTIPHOTON IONIZATION AND PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY
    Comments At. Mol. Phys. 28, 259 (1993).

  15. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, P. M. Dehmer, and J. L. Dehmer
    DISSOCIATION DYNAMICS OF HIGH-V RYDBERG STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
    J. Chem. Phys. 98, 8370 (1993).

  16. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    DOUBLE-RESONANCE LASER-INDUCED GRATING SPECTROSCOPY OF NITRIC OXIDE
    Chem. Phys. Lett. 211, 147 (1993).

  17. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    OBSERVATION OF HYPERFINE QUANTUM BEATS IN TWO-COLOR, LASER-INDUCED GRATING SPECTROSCOPY OF NITRIC OXIDE.
    Chem. Phys. Lett. 227, 656 (1994).

  18. E. F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, J. L. Dehmer, and P. M. Dehmer
    MULTISTATE INTERACTIONS OF EXCITED 2 STATES OF NITRIC OXIDE PROBED BY LASER-INDUCED GRATING SPECTROSCOPY.
    J. Chem. Phys. 102, 4740 (1995).

  19. E.F. McCormack, S. T. Pratt, P.M. Dehmer, and J. L. Dehmer
    EXCITED-STATE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS PROBED BY LASER-INDUCED GRATING TECHNIQUES
    Aust. J. Phys. 49, 445 (1996).

  20. F. Di Teodoro and E. F. McCormack
    THEORETICAL TREATMENT OF QUASIBOUND RESONANCES IN TWO-COLOR RESONANT, FOUR-WAVE MIXING SPECTROSCOPY
    Phys. Rev. A. 57, 162 (1998).

  21. E.F. McCormack, J. M. Grochocinski, F. Di Teodoro, and S. T. Pratt
    DYNAMICS OF RYDBERG STATES OF NITRIC OXIDE PROBED BY TWO-COLOR, FOUR-WAVE MIXING SPECTROCOPY
    J. Chem. Phys. 109 63 (1998). 

  22. F. Di Teodoro and E. F. McCormack
    EFFECT OF THE LASER BANDWIDTH ON THE SIGNAL DETECTED IN TWO-COLOR RESONANT, FOUR-WAVE MIXING SPECTROSCOPY
    J. Chem. Phys. 110, 8369 (1999).

  23. F. Di Teodoro and E. F. McCormack
    STATE-SELECTIVE QUANTUM BEAT SPECTROSCOPY VIA COHERENT CONTROL OF LIOUVILLE-PATHWAY INTERFERENCE IN TWO-COLOR, RESONANT FOUR-WAVE MIXING
    J. Phys. B 32, 4389 (1999).

  24. E. Sarajlic and E.F. McCormack
    POLARIZATION EFFECTS IN QUANTUM COHERENCES PROBED BY TWO-COLOR, RESONANT FOUR-WAVE MIXING
    Phys. Rev. A 63, 23406 (2001).

  25. R.C. Ekey, Jr. and E.F. McCormack 
    A PLANAR JET EXPANSION DISCHARGE SOURCE OF MOLECULAR AFTERGLOW EMISSION
    Chem. Phys. Lett. 381, 416 (2003).
  26. R.C. Ekey, Jr. and E.F. McCormack
    DOUBLE RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY OF SEVERAL HIGHLY EXCITED ROVIBRONIC STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
    J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 38, 1129-1035 (2005). 

  27. R.C. Ekey, Jr., A. Marks, and E.F. McCormack
    DOUBLE RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY OF THE B”B-BAR 1+u STATE OF H2.
    Phys. Rev. A 73, 023412 (2006).

  28. A. Dalke, P. Grobstein, P. and E.F. McCormack
    EXPLORING INTERDISCIPLINARITY: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF METAPHORIC AND METONYMIC EXCHANGE
    Journal of Research Practice, 2(2), Article M3 (2006).
    http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/43/54

  29. J. Croman and E.F. McCormack
    ENERGIES AND LIFETIMES OF THE PREDISSOCIATIVE v = 12 AND 13 LEVELS OF THE D STATE OF H2
     J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 41, 035103 (2008).

  30. A. Dalke and E.F. McCormack
    SYNECDOCHE AND SURPRISE: TRANSDISCIPLINARY KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION 
    Journal of Research Practice, 3(2), Article M20 (2008).
    http://jrp.icaap.org/index.php/jrp/article/view/106/99

  31. R.C. Ekey and E.F. McCormack
    SPECTROSCOPIC OBSERVATION OF BOUND UNGERADE ION-PAIR STATES IN MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
    Phys. Rev. A 84 020501(R) (2011). 

  32. R.C. Ekey, W. Duan, A. Chartrand, A. Cordova and E.F. McCormack
    DOUBLE RESONANCE SPECTROSCOPY OF THE D AND B''B STATES NEAR THE THIRD DISSOCIATION THRESHOLD OF H2.
    J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys. 46 235101 (2013).

  33. Kelly Mack, Melissa Soto, Lilliam Casillas-Martinez and Elizabeth F. McCormack
    WOMEN IN COMPUTING: THE IMPERATIVE OF CRITICAL PEDAGOGICAL REFORM
    Diversity and Democracy, Spring 2015 Vol.18 No.2

  34. A. M. Chartrand, W. Duan, R. C. Ekey, and E. F. McCormack. 
    OBSERVATIONS OF THE HIGH VIBRATIONAL LEVELS OF THE B′′B-BAR STATE OF H2 
    J. Chem. Phys. 144, 014307 (2016)

  35. A. M. Chartrand, R. C. Ekey, and E. F. McCormack. 
    OBSERVATIONS OF HIGH VIBRATIONAL LEVELS OF THE 41Σ+ STATE OF H2
    J. Chem. Phys. 145, 024306 (2016) 

  36. A. M. Chartrand, R. J. Donovan, K. P. Lawley and E. F. McCormack. 
    CONTINUITY OF HEAVY RYDBERG BEHAVIOR IN THE UNGERADE ION-PAIR STATES OF H2
    Chem. Phys. Let., 676, 140 (2017) 

Presentations

PERTURBED STRUCTURE OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN NEAR THE SECOND DISSOCIATION THRESHOLD
Department of Physics, University of Notre Dame 
Notre Dame, Indiana
6 May 1991

MOLECULAR THRESHOLDS:  THE SECOND DISSOCIATION LIMIT AND THE 
ION-PAIR LIMIT OF H2
Physics Division Atomic and Molecular Physics Seminar, Argonne National Laboratory
2 April 1992

LONG-RANGE STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
Twenty-Third Annual Meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society, Chicago, Illinois
20 May 1992

EXCITED-STATE SPECTROSCOPY USING LASER-INDUCED GRATING TECHNIQUES
207th Meeting of the American Chemical Society, San Diego, CA
13-18 March 1994

MOLECULAR EXCITED-STATE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS PROBED BY RESONANT FOUR-WAVE MIXING TECHNIQUES
Advanced Workshop on Atomic and Molecular Physics, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia,
13-15 February 1995

LASER-INDUCED GRATINGS:  A NONLINEAR OPTICAL PROBE OF EXCITED-STATE SPECTROSCOPY AND DYNAMICS
Department of Physics, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
7 March 1995

PROBING Lineshapes of autoionizing molecular rydberg states WITH TWO-COLOR LASER-INDUCED GRATING SPECTROSCOPY
Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
22 July 1996

AUTOIONIZING RYDBERG STATES PROBED BY LASER-INDUCED GRATING SPECTROSCOPY
Workshop on Photoionization Dynamics, Rydberg States, and Large Amplitude Motion
Department of Chemistry, University of York, York, UK
November 4, 1996

APPLICATIONS OF GRATING SPECTROSCOPY 
Ciba Foundation/Royal Society Discussion Meeting
Molecular Rydberg Dynamics and The Future of Rydberg Spectroscopy
The Ciba Foundation, London, UK 
November 8, 1996

VARIATIONS ON A THEME: COMPOSING A CAREER IN SCIENCE
The Optical Society of America Annual Meeting/ILS-XIII
Long Beach, CA

October 16, 1997
MOLECULAR EXCITED-STATE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS PROBED By LASER-INDUCED GRATING TECHNIQUES
Physics Department, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA
October 22, 1997

MOLECULAR EXCITED-STATE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS PROBED By LASER-INDUCED GRATING TECHNIQUES
Physics Department, Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA
February 27, 1998

Molecular DYNAMICS PROBED By TWo-COLOR Resonant FOUR-WAVE MIXING SPEctroscopy
Physics and Chemistry Departments, Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
April 3, 1998

WOMEN IN PHYSICS: WHO MAJORS?, WHO STAYS?, AND WHY?
Seventh National Council on Undergraduate Research Conference
Occidental College
Pasedena, CA
June 26-28, 1998

PHYSICS AS A LIBERAL ART  
American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
August 3-8, 1998

WOMEN: AN UNDERUTILIZED RESOURCE FOR SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS, ENGINEERING, AND TECHNOLOGY
Case Study: Bryn Mawr College Physics
Project Kaleidoscope Workshop 
Depauw University, 
Greencastle, Indiana
October 30 - November 1, 1998

TWO-COLOR FOUR WAVE MIXING:  A PROBE OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY AND DYNAMICS  
CNRS
Laboratoire de Photophysiques Moleculaire
Orsay, France
January 27, 1999

TWO-COLOR FOUR WAVE MIXING:  A PROBE OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY AND DYNAMICS  
University of Freiburg
Physics Department
Freiburg, Germany
March 27, 1999

TWO-COLOR FOUR WAVE MIXING:  A PROBE OF MOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY AND DYNAMICS  
Office Nationale d’Etudes et du Recherche Aerospatiales (ONERA)
Paliseau, France
April 17, 1999

PROBING MOLECULAR DYNAMICS BY USING TWO-COLOR, RESONANT FOUR-WAVE MIXING TECHNIQUES
Paul Scherrer Institute
Villigan, Switzerland
December 10, 1999

QUANTUM BEAT SPECTROSCOPY USING TIME-RESOLVED, RESONANT FOUR-WAVE MIXING
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
March 24, 2000

EXPERIENCING A PIECE OF QUANTUM MECHANICS: FEYNMAN'S MULTIPLE PATHS ON THE WEB
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/interactphysics/feynmantalk.html
Project Kaleidoscope’s F21 2000 National Assembly
Tucson, Arizona
December 1, 2000

INNOVATIONS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE SCIENCES
Effat College
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
January 21, 2001

INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF LASER TRAPPED MIRRORS IN SPACE
Rice University
Houston, TX
February 1, 2002

SIX ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS
Building Undergraduate Physics Programs for the 21st Century, Project Kaleidoscope 2002 Summer Institute
Williamsburg, VA
June 2-5, 2002

INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF LASER TRAPPED MIRRORS IN SPACE
NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellows Meeting
NIAC Headquarters, Atlanta GA
October 23, 2002

LASER-TRAPPED MIRRORS IN SPACE: NEW DIRECTIONS IN RESEARCH AND TEACHING
Andrew W. Mellon Conference on Faculty Development 
Wellesley College, Wellesley MA
June 17-18, 2002

SIX ELEMENTS OF SUCCESS: THE ROLE OF PHYSICS DEPARTMENTS IN UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Academic/Industrial Workshop: Industrial Physics Forum 
San Jose, CA
October 26-28, 2003

PROBING MOLECULAR DYNAMICS AND STRUCTURE USING FOUR-WAVE MIXING SPECTRSCOPY
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore,. PA
March 16, 2004 

CREATING SOMETHING NEW: FRAMEWORKS AND FULCRUMS
Research Corporation 
Models for Academic Leadership Conference
Tucson, AZ
July 29-31, 2004

GREEN SPACES, BROWN FIELDS AND BLACK HOLES: INTENTIONAL STRATEGIES FOR DEVELOPING FACULTY LEADERS
American Association of Colleges and Universities 2005 Annual Meeting
San Francisco, CA
January 26-28, 2005

THE KALEIDOSCOPIC PERSPECTIVE ON INSITUTIONAL TRANSFORMATION: FROM START TO FINISH
The Society for College and University Planning
Washington D.C.
July 23, 2005

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED: RESEARCH AND TEACHING AT A LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE
Department of Physics
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
September 22, 2005

LASER TRAPPED MIRRORS IN SPACE
NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
October 11, 2005

PKAL: THE KALEIDOSCOPIC APPROACH
The Consortium for Higher Achievement and Success
Haverford College, Haverford, PA
November 4, 2005

MANAGING CHANGE AT LESLEY UNIVERSITY: A CONSTRUCTIVIST’S APPROACH
The American Council on Education Mid-Year Fellows Seminar
Indian Springs, IL
January 10, 2006

LASER TRAPPED MIRRORS IN SPACE
NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Annual Meeting
Tucson, AZ
October 17, 2006

STAKEHOLDERS PERSPECTIVES ON ALIGNING THE PREPARATION OF GRADUATE STUDENTS FOR STEM EARLY FACULTY CAREERS
Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CITRL) Forum 2008
Madison, WI
June 16-17, 2008

THE DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF LONG-RANGE DOUBLE-WELL STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
Wesleyan University
Middletown, CT
October 23, 2008

UNDERGRADUATE LABORATORY AND RESEARCH SPACES
Core Curriculum Workshop for Science, Mathematics and Engineering at Aga Khan University
Babson Executive Conference Center
Babson Park, MA
February 27-28, 2009. 

THE DETECTION AND ANALYSIS OF LONG-RANGE DOUBLE-WELL STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NK
February 19, 2009

PROBING LONG-RANGE CONFIGURATIONS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
November 5, 2010

DOING GENDER AND SCIENCE WITH A PHYSICIST AND A LITERARY CRITIC
Feminism and Science: Building Bridges for Teaching and Research Innovation
Mellon 23 Workshop
Claremont Colleges, CA
January 4-6, 2011 

PROBING LONG-RANGE CONFIGURATIONS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society 
Atlanta, GA 
June 16, 2011

PROBING LONG-RANGE CONFIGURATIONS OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
Laboratoire Aimé Cotton 
Orsay, France 
September 5, 2011

PREPARING STEM FACULTY LEADERS FOR 21ST CENTURY STUDENT SUCCESS
AAC&U Conference on Student Success
Seattle, WA
March 23, 2012

UNGERADE ION PAIR STATES OF MOLECULAR HYDROGEN
The Free University
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 13, 2012

DESTINATIONS AND INSPIRATIONS:  THE ROLE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN CAPACITY BUILDING FOR INDUSTRIAL PHYSICS
Industrial Physics Forum
International Center for Theoretical Physics
Trieste, Italy
April 18, 2012

ION-PAIR STATES IN UNGERADE MOLECULAR HYDROGEN 
Institute of Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics
Cambridge, MA
May 11, 2012

TEACHING COMPUTATIONAL SKILLS IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES USING 
A BLENDED APPROACH
American Physical Society, New York State Section, 113th Topical Symposium on Computation in Physics
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
September 11, 2015  

COMPUTATIONAL SKILL-BUILDING IN THE NATURAL SCIENCES USING A BLENDED APPROACH
AAC&U Network Meeting 
Crossing Boundaries: Transforming STEM Education, 
November 13, 2015

WORKSHOP ON TEACHING FOR DIVERSITY AND EQUITY: SCHOLARSHIP AND PRACTICE
AAC&U Conference on Diversity, Learning, and Student Success
Shifting Paradigms Across the Curriculum, March 17, 2016.

BROADENING THE PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN MATH AND SCIENCE
Sharing Solutions: Advancing Girls in STEM 2016
The Agnes Irwin School and the Center for Girls Advancement
The Franklin Institute of Science, Philadelphia, PA
April 15, 2016