Thomas E. Wilson, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics and Physical Science


Thomas Wilson conducts primarily experimental research in terahertz laser development, coherent terahertz acoustic wave generation in silicon doping superlattices and associated phonon scattering in novel materials. The terahertz laser that is used to excite the hypersonic acoustic waves is a custom cavity-dumped optically-pumped molecular gas laser of his design. Superconducting granular aluminum bolometers (fabricated at the West Virginia University White Hall Cleanroom) are used for phonon detection. While at Marshall, Wilson’s research has been funded (in chronological order [recent first]) by NASA, the US Air Force of Scientific Research, the National Science Foundation, and the US Army Research Office.


  • Ph.D. Physics, Indiana University
  • M.S. Physics, University of Hawaii
  • B.A. Mathematics/Physics, University of Evansville

Employment History

  • 2001-2002: Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute au CNRS, Grenoble, France (sabbatical)
  • 1999-present: Professor of Physics, Marshall University
  • 1996-1999: Associate Professor of Physics, Marshall University
  • 1994-1996: Assistant Professor of Physics, Marshall University
  • 1992-1994: Senior Laser Scientist, UMass-Lowell Research Foundation
  • 1985-1991: Assistant Professor of Physics, Connecticut University

Selected Publications

  • Zhi Liang, Thomas E. Wilson and Pawell Keblinski, "Phonon interference in crystalline and amorphous confined nanoscopic films", Journal of Applied Physics, 121(7), 075303 (2017).
  • T. Wilson, K. Korolev and N. Crowe, “Bilayer lift-off process for aluminum metallization”, Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (JM3), 14(1), 014501 (Jan–Mar 2015)
  • Wilson T E, Kasper E, Oehme M, Schulze J, Korolev K, "Evidence of Longitudinal Acoustic Phonon Generation in Si Doping Superlattices by Ge Prism-Coupled THz Laser Radiation", IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 68 12008 (2014).
  • Wilson T E, Oehme M, Kasper E, Gossmann H-J, “Superlattice Ultrasonic Generator”, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 278, 012028 (2011). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/278/1/012028.
  • Wilson T E “Evidence for the generation of coherent pulses of sub-THz longitudinal acoustic phonons in nipi silicon doping superlattices”, Chinese J. Phys. 49 (1), 118 (2011). download
  • Wilson T E, “Fabrication of Robust Superconducting Granular Aluminium/Palladium Bilayer Microbolometers with Sub-Nanosecond Response”, J. Low Temp. Phys., 151 (1-2), C22, April 2008. 10.1007/s10909-007-9620-6
  • Wilson T E, “Fabrication of superconducting granular aluminium/palladium bilayer microbolometers”, J. Phys.: Conf. Series. 92, 012180 (2007). doi:10.1088/1742-6596/92/1/012180
  • T. E. Wilson, “Modeling the high-speed switching of far-infrared radiation by photoionization in a semiconductor”, Phys. Rev. B 59 (20), 12996 (1999).
  • E.R. Mueller, T.E. Wilson and J. Waldment et. al. Generation of high repetition rate far-infrared laser pulsesÓi, Appl. Phys. Lett. 64 (25),
  • to be submitted to Appl. Phys. Lett.: “A terahertz cavity-dumped optically-pumped molecular gas laser”
  • Download these documents here.