Zachary Thompson, PhD

Zachary Thompson, PhD

Areas of Expertise

  • Terahertz science
  • Plasmonic metamaterials
  • Nonlinear imaging and spectroscopy
  • Semiconductor carrier dynamics

Background and Current Work

Dr. Zachary Thompson is a scientist for Riverside Research. He has extensive experience with terahertz (THz) generation, pump-probe spectroscopy, and plasmonic metamaterials. Dr. Thompson is currently developing and expanding the THz capabilities of our optics and photonics laboratory. He also supports various projects through optical system design and statistical data analysis. Dr. Thompson’s research interests include the functionalization of semiconductor and nonlinear optical materials.

Education, Awards, and Recognition

Dr. Thompson completed his BS in mathematics and physics at Northern Arizona University and earned his PhD in physics at Oregon State University. His dissertation research focused on using THz frequency radiation in conjunction with plasmonic devices to perform high-field THz imaging and spectroscopy. The plasmonic devices were used to observe the high-speed (THz frequency) carrier dynamics in semiconductors, primarily vanadium dioxide, gallium arsenide, and intrinsic silicon.