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Zachary J Thompson, Ph.D.

Research and Development Scientist

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Biography:
Dr. Zack Thompson is a research and development scientist at Idaho National Laboratory. His research centers on materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation through imaging and spectroscopy using wavelengths ranging from x-rays to microwaves. He serves as principal investigator or co-investigator in multiple research projects in collaboration with other national laboratories, federal entities, and universities. These projects include: Raman spectroscopy of carbon allotropes used in nuclear and energy storage applications; in-situ process monitoring and correction of additively and advanced manufactured materials using novel measurement techniques; support and analysis of field collected spectroscopic data; x-ray and optical system modeling; development of x-ray imaging techniques and image processing algorithms; design and construction of field deployable x-ray imaging systems. His research interests include using terahertz (THz) imaging and spectroscopy to characterize materials through photon-phonon and phonon-plasmon interactions, monitoring in-situ layer growth and electrical conductivity in challenging environments, nonlinear and ultrafast optics, plasmonic metamaterials, functionalizing solid-state phase-change materials, and ultrafast radiation detection. He earned his doctorate in physics from Oregon State University with a focus on nonlinear THz imaging and spectroscopy. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in physics and mathematics from Northern Arizona University.

Education:

Ph.D., Physics, Oregon State University.
B.S., Physics, Northern Arizona University
B.S., Mathematics, Northern Arizona University 

Publications:

​Lee, B; Mousavian, A; Paul, MJ; Thompson, ZJ; et al., “Anisotropic high-field terahertz response of free-standing carbon nanotubes” Applied Physics Letters 108.24 (2016): 241111.


Thompson, Z; et al., "Terahertz-triggered phase transition and hysteresis narrowing in a nanoantenna patterned vanadium dioxide " American Chemical Society Nano Letters, 2015 15 (9), 5893-5898.


Paul, MJ; Chang, YC; Thompson, ZJ; et al., "High-field terahertz response of graphene." New Journal of Physics 15, No. 8 (2013): 085019.


Paul, MJ; Tomaino, JL; Kevek, JW; DeBorde, T; Thompson, ZJ; et al., "Terahertz imaging of inhomogeneous electrodynamics in single-layer graphene embedded in dielectrics", Applied Physics Letters Vol. 101, 091109 (2012).


Tegler, SC; Cornelison, DM; Grundy, WM; Romanishin, W.; Abernathy, MR; Bovyn, MJ; Burt, JA; Evans, DE; Maleszewski, CK; Thompson, Z.; et al., "Methane and nitrogen abundances on Pluto and Eris", The Astrophysical Journal Vol. 725, P.1296 (2010).

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