Ph.D. - Georgia Institute of Technology (1991)
M.S. - Georgia Institute of Technology (1988)
B.S. - Tennessee Technological University (1986)
Dr. Thompson conducts research in the areas of laser physics and nonlinear fiber optics. He is especially interested in understanding the physics of random fluctuations of laser light, as it is produced and as it interacts with glass optical fiber. He has enjoyed teaching a broad range of physics courses over the course of his teaching career, ranging from introductory courses on weather and climate to graduate level courses on laser physics and fiber optics.