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CREOL Alum: Patrick L. Thompson

Education
2000 PhD in Optics, advisor: James E. Harvey
1994 M.S. in Applied Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology
1992 B.S. in Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology

Employment
Current Position: Senior Optical Physicist, NASA / Goddard Space Center
2000 - 2008: Senior Optical Engineer, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
1995 - 2000: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Central Florida, School of Optics
 
Websites
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Biography
Patrick L. Thompson received his B.S. and M.S. in applied physics (certificate in optics) from the Georgia Institute of Technology under Prof. Donald C. O’Shea. He received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences and Engineering at CREOL (University of Central Florida) under Prof. James E. Harvey, where he published his dissertation on x-ray mirror design and performance for space science applications (GOES Solar X-ray Imager). Dr. Thompson has been employed by Hughes-Danbury Optical Systems (AXAF/Chandra), Lockheed-Martin Aeronautical Systems Company (C-130, F-22), Advanced Optical Systems Inc. (optical computing), and the Georgia Tech Research Institute (microwave antenna and radar cross section analysis). Dr. Thompson is currently a senior staff member in the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is a member of SPIE, AIAA, OSA, and NSS.
 
Publications
2001
J. E. Harvey, A. Krywonos, and P. L. Thompson
"Grazing Incidence Hyperboloid-Hyperboloid Designs for Wide field X-ray Imaging Applications"
Appl. Opt. 40, 136-144
2000
Patrick Thompson
"Optical performance of grazing incidence x-ray / EUV telescopes for space science applications"
PhD Dissertation, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics
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