Dr. Thompson’s primary areas of research are the physics of pulsed lasers and the interaction of these pulses with glass optical fiber. Much of this work requires the precise control of various properties of the laser pulses. As a result, we work with lasers that we build rather than off-the-shelf laser systems.
Most applications require that these sources of light be very stable. From a fundamental perspective, nature is replete with events or processes that depend in some way on random fluctuations; consequently, what we learn from these experiments may help us think more clearly about natural processes involving randomness.