Richard A O'Sullivan


School /
Work Unit

Applied Sciences, School of 2

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 3389


Building: 14
Level: 5
Room: 14

City campus


Unknown Faculty


B Sc (Melbourne), PhD (Melbourne)

Teaching/Work responsibilities

  • PhD supervision

Research Interests

  • Self-organizing systems and nonlinear dynamics
  • Non-linear optical properties of ferroelectric crystals and ceramics and thermochromic liquids, including optical bistability, self-focusing, spontaneous oscillations, symmetry breaking and self-organizing diffraction gratings

Research Projects, Consultancy and Student Project

Thermal focusing and optical bistability in ferroelectrics and thermochromic liquids, PhD project


Journal Articles

(Most recent)

  1. “Optical bistability in ceramic oxides”, R.A. O'Sullivan, K.W. McGregor and J.F. Scott, Key Engineering Materials Vols. 206-213 (2002) 1255-1258.
  2. “Thermal focusing and optical bistability in ferroelectrics”, R.A. O'Sullivan, K.W. McGregor and J.F. Scott, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 13 (2001) R195-R234.
  3. “Mechanisms for optical oscillations in ferroelectric films”, R.A. O'Sullivan, K.W. McGregor, O. Gredeskoul and J.F. Scott, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 21 (2001) 1625-1628.
  4. "Underwater pyrotechnics: Chaotic advectors on micro-bubbles in laser-illuminated saturated solutions", K.W. McGregor, R.A. O'Sullivan and J.F. Scott, Physica A 254 (1998) 358-364.
  5. "A mixed response to the crisis in university science", R.A. O'Sullivan: The Australian and New Zealand Physicist, 35.4, 162-164 (1998).
  6. " Optical bistability, regenerative pulsations and self-assembly of spatial patterns in ferroelectrics and liquids ", K.W. m cGregor, R.A. O’Sullivan and J.F. Scott: Ferroelectrics 202 (1997) 97-104.
  7. "H exagonal patterns in laser light", J.F. Scott and R.A. O'Sullivan: Nature 382(6589) (1996) 305.
  8. " Self-assembly of hexatic optical patterns in ferroelectric crystals: Rediscovery of the Schwarz-Hora effect? " , J.F. Scott, R.A. O’Sullivan and M.H. Reich: Physica A 223, 655-662 (1996).
  9. "T emperature profile during spontaneous aperiodic optical bistability oscillations in lead magnesium niobate", R.A. O'Sullivan, K.W. McGregor, S. Cianci, R. Sacca, P. A. Wilksch and J.F. Scott: Japan J. Appl. Phys. 35, 5203-5209 (1996).
  10. "A periodic oscillations in thermal focusing by single crystals of lead magnesium niobate", R.A. O'Sullivan, X. Zheng, J.F. Scott, Z.-G. Ye and H. Schmid: Ferroelectrics 186 (1996) 17.
  11. "I nterpretation of thermally induced optically bistable oscillation", X. Zheng, R.A. O'Sullivan, J.F. Scott: Integr. Ferroelectr. 9 (1995) 225.
  12. "F ocusing and defocusing regimes in the multistable optical response of single-crystal lead magnesium niobate", R.A. O'Sullivan, X. Zheng, J.F. Scott, Z.-G. Ye and H. Schmid: Integr. Ferroelectr. 9 (1995) 215.
  13. "M odification of the adhesion and contact resistance of the Ag/YBa 2 Cu 3 O 7 interface with keV electron irradiation", S.D. M oss, R.A. O'Sullivan, P.J.K. Paterson, I.K. Snook, A.J. Russo, A. Katsaros and N. Savvides: J. Appl. Phys. 78(9), (1995) 5782.