Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Ian Thompson

Nuclear Theorist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division

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PhD Nuclear Physics
University of Auckland, New Zealand
MS Computer Science
Massey University, New Zealand
BS Mathematics and Physics
University of Auckland, New Zealand


Before becoming a nuclear theorist at LLNL in 2006, Ian Thompson was a professor of physics at the University of Surrey for eighteen years. Throughout his career, he has published over 237 articles in refereed journals, supervised 9 PhD research students, written a nuclear physics textbook, Nuclear Reactions for Astrophysics, and contributed the chapter on Coulomb functions to the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Handbook of Mathematical Functions. He is fellow of the Institute of Physics in London and of the American Physical Society. Since 2005, he has been a nuclear physics subject editor for Computer Physics Communications.

Research Interests

Thompson’s research deals with coupled-channels and few-body models for nuclear structure and reactions, especially concerning halo nuclei. Since 2014, he has managed the nuclear data compilations for the LLNL programs as well as contributing new evaluations to LLNL and national collaborations.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of Institute of Physics, London
  • Fellow of American Physical Society
  • Professor of Physics, University of Surrey, UK (1988-2006)

Selected Publications

  1. G. Potel, F. M. Nunes and I.J. Thompson, (2015), Establishing a theory for deuteron induced surrogate reactions, Phys. Rev. C 92: 034611
  2. I.J. Thompson, F.S. Dietrich, W.E. Ormand, (2014) Coupled-channels effects in optical potentials for deformed nuclei, Nuclear Measurements, Evaluations and Applications (NEMEA-7) Collaborative International Evaluated Library Organisation (CIELO) Workshop Proceedings, OECD/NEA, p169
  3. I.J. Thompson, (2014) Computational Challenges to the Development of Modern Theories of Nuclear Reactions, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Phys. 41 094009
  4. J.E. Escher, I.J. Thompson, G. Arbanas, Ch. Elster, V. Eremenko, L. Hlophe, F.M. Nunes, (2014) Reexamining surface-integral formulations for one-nucleon transfers to bound and resonance states, Phys. Rev C. 89: 054605
  5. J.E. Escher, J.T. Burke, F.S. Dietrich, N.D. Scielzo, I.J. Thompson and W. Younes, (2012), Compound-nuclear reaction cross sections from surrogate measurements, Review of Modern Physics, 84: 353-397
  6. F. S. Dietrich, I J. Thompson and T. Kawano, (2012) Target-state dependence of cross sections for reactions on statically deformed nuclei, Physical Review C, 85: 044611
  7. G. P. A. Nobre, F. S. Dietrich, J. E. Escher, I.J. Thompson, M. Dupuis, J. Terasaki and J. Engel, (2011) Toward a microscopic reaction description based on energy-density-functional structure models, Physical Review C, 84: 064609
  8. I.J. Thompson and F.M. Nunes, (2009) Nuclear Reactions for Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press, pp480

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