Wesleyan portrait of Thomas J. Morgan

Thomas J. Morgan

Foss Professor of Physics

Exley Science Center, 245

Professor of Physics

Exley Science Center, 09


BA Montana State University
BS Montana State University
MAA Wesleyan University
MSC University of California, Berkeley
PHD University of California, Berkeley

Thomas J. Morgan

My lab unifies laser technology with particle accelerator technology to produce a sophisticated spectrometer for precision studies of high energy molecular states. The preparation of these states involves two steps; the first stage utilizes a collision process to prepare a metastable state of a molecule in a fast beam. In the second stage a laser beam or beams overlaps the fast beam coaxially and results in a transition from the metastable state to a higher energy state. These states can be identified via autoionization and electric field ionization. Using this experimental approach, work is under way to study the high-energy spectrum of triplet molecular hydrogen, in particular ion-pair states referred to as Heavy Rydberg States.



Ph. D. University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Research - Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland


Academic Affiliations

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Fall 2017
PHYS 219 - 01
Intro to Contemporary Physics

PHYS 507 - 01
Atomic & Molecular Physics Sem

Spring 2018
PHYS 313 - 01
Classical Dynamics

PHYS 508 - 01
Atomic & Molecular Physics Sem