Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



Ian Thompson

Nuclear Theorist
Nuclear and Chemical Sciences Division


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DegreeDiscipline/InstitutionYear
Ph.D. Nuclear Physics
University of Auckland, NZ
1979
M.Sc. Computer Science
Massey University, NZ
1974
B.S. Mathematics and Physics
University of Auckland, NZ
1972

Research Interests

Dr Thompson's research deals with coupled-channels and few-body models for nuclear structure and reactions, especially concerning halo nuclei. Most recently he is managing the nuclear data compilations for the LLNL programs. He has published over 232 articles in refereed journals, supervised 9 Ph.D. research students, written a nuclear physics textbook Nuclear Reactions for Astrophysics, and has contributed the chapter on Coulomb Functions to the new NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions.


Honors and Awards

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

Selected (Recent) 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 http://journals.aps.org/prc/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevC.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 https://inis.iaea.org/search/search.aspx?orig_q=RN:45089879
  1. I.J. Thompson, (2014) Computational Challenges to the Development of Modern Theories of Nuclear Reactions, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Phys. 41 094009 http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/0954-3899/41/9/094009/meta
  2. 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 http://journals.aps.org/prc/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevC.89.054605
  3. 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 http://journals.aps.org/rmp/abstract/10.1103/RevModPhys.84.353
  4. 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 http://journals.aps.org/prc/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevC.85.044611
  5. 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 http://journals.aps.org/prc/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevC.84.064609
  6. I.J. Thompson and F.M. Nunes, (2009) Nuclear Reactions for Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press, pp480 http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/physics/particle-physics-and-nuclear-physics/nuclear-reactions-astrophysics-principles-calculation-and-applications-low-energy-reactions?format=HB&isbn=9780521856355

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