Studies of gas phase systems at low densities and low temperatures, which are carried out in ion traps, supersonic jets, and eventually neutral atom traps.
A member of the ALPHA Collaboration from its early days, Dr. Thompson and his group are actively involved in this international effort aimed at generating, trapping, and eventually spectroscopically studying antihydrogen to test the foundations of physics.
Recent, present, or near-future projects include trapping, laser cooling and sympathetic cooling of ions, mass spectrometry of trapped ions, ion processes in conventional and novel trapping field geometries, and studies of stable and unstable ionic isotopes.
Although initially focused on experimental work, his group's efforts now include active computational and theoretical work in cold atom physics.
He and his group are currently extensively in a collaborative research effort at the University of Calgary to investigate the physics of ice-metal interfaces as it pertains to sliding sports such as bobsleigh.
Dr. Thompson is currently looking for excellent new graduate students to
join the following projects in September 2011
ALPHA: Trapping and Study of Antihydrogen at CERN (primarily
Friction and drag in ice sports (both experimental and computational)
Ion Processes in Trapped Particle Systems (Primarily computational)