Daniel Murnick

Daniel Murnick


murnick [at] newark.rutgers.edu



Office Location

Smith Hall 366

Research: Applied laser physics, photonics, stable isotope analysis, atomic and molecular physics

Daniel Murnick received the Ph. D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a distinguished member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories prior to being appointed a Professor of Physics at Rutgers. While at Bell Labs, he was elected, as a Fellow of The American Physical Society in both Atomic and Nuclear Physics, and received the Humboldt Award for Distinguished American Scientists from the government of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 1996 he was awarded the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the Research and Development Council of NJ for developing an instrument called the Laser Assisted Ratio Analyzer (LARA), a device for measuring isotopic ratios in carbon dioxide to high accuracy and at low cost. He holds several patents in the area of isotope analysis, ultraviolet light production and laser surface modification. He has been the Chairman of the Physics Department for two terms and held Rutgers University’s Donald H. Jacobs Chair in Applied Physics. He also holds guest appointments at GSI in Darmstadt Germany and at MIT in Cambridge Mass. He is a member of the graduate faculty in Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers New Brunswick as well as in Applied Physics and Chemistry at Rutgers Newark.

Current major research interests are in high sensitivity isotope analysis and ultraviolet light source production and applications. Major active projects are in: (i) Stable isotope analysis via laser optogalvanic spectroscopy (the electrical response to resonant optical stimulation) for biomedical and environmental applications, and (ii) Innovative ultraviolet light sources for photochemistry, germicidal and fluorescence applications. Research projects include experiments and modeling in a broad range of atomic, molecular and quantum electronic areas. Collaborative work includes industrial, interdepartmental and international research groups.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Atomic and Nuclear Physics  21:750:403


B.A., Hofstra,

PhD., Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Selected Recent Publications:

Intracavity Optogalvanic Spectroscopy, A New Ultra-sensitive Analytical Technique for 14C Analysis, Daniel E.Murnick, Ozgur Dogru and Erhan Ilkmen, Analytical Chemistry, 80, 4820-4824 (2008)

High Sensitivity Laboratory Based 14C Analysis for Drug Discovery, Erhan Ilkmen and D.E.Murnick, Journal of Labeled Compounds and Radiopharmaceuticals, 53, 304-307 (2010)

Influence of Humidity on Photochemical Ozone Generation with 172 nm Xenon Excimer Lamps, M. J. Salvermoser, U. Kogelschatz and D. E. Murnick, Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys., 47, 22812 (2009)

Use of the Optogalvanic Effect (OGE) for Isotope Ratio Spectrometry of 13CO2 and 14CO2, D. E. Murnick and J. O. Okil, Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 41, No. 4, 363–371 (2005)

Non-thermal Doppler Broadened Lyman-alpha Line shape in Resonant Dissociation of H2, T.J. McCarthy, D.E. Murnick, M. Salvermoser. and A. Ulrich, Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 38, 3043–3054 (2005)

High Efficiency, High Power, Stable 172nm Xenon Excimer Light Source, M. Salvermoser and D. E. Murnick, Applied Physics Letters 83, 1932-1934 (2003)