# William Thompson Papers

**Languages:**English

**Contributing Institution:**Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego

**Title:**William Thompson Papers

**Identifier/Call Number:**MSS 0410

**Physical Description:**9.6 Linear feet (23 archives boxes and 2 oversize file folders)

**Date (inclusive):**circa 1930-1995 (bulk 1965-1990)

**Abstract:**Papers of William Bell Thompson, physicist, researcher, professor, editor, and administrator. Thompson did pioneering work in plasma physics and established the field at Oxford University and the University of California, San Diego. He did theoretical and applied work in controlled thermonuclear research and brought several of his other interests together with research on tethers in space. The papers document Thompson's career at UCSD and include correspondence, journal articles, reports, notes, lectures, grant proposals, teaching material, and subject files.

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Scope and Content of Collection
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**Subjects and Indexing Terms**

**BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL**

**Biographical statements and forms**

**Certificates**

**Ginniff Connection - A genealogical account written by H.S. Thompson**

**Newspaper articles**

**Photographs of Thompson [?]**

**Research Activities - 1983-84 Addendum, 1984-1987**

**Sabbatical leave reports - 1981-1982, 1988**

**CORRESPONDENCE**

**A - Miscellaneous**

**Arrhenius, Gustaf**
**1989 - 1995**

**Azar, Michael**
**1992 - 1993**

**B - Miscellaneous**

**D - Miscellaneous**

**E - Miscellaneous**

**Frood, D.G.**
**1989 - 1990**

**G - Miscellaneous**

**Infeld, Eryk**
**1988 - 1994**

**Infeld, Leopold - Eight undated, typed pages entitled the "Aftermath Script," with accompanying note initialled L.I. on Leopold
Infeld letterhead
**

**J - Miscellaneous**

**Jimenez Dominguez, Homero**
**1971**

**L - Miscellaneous**

**M - Miscellaneous**

**Mestel, Leon**
**1993 - 1994**

**Morrison, Phil**
**1984 - 1993**

**N - Miscellaneous**

**P - Miscellaneous**

**R - Miscellaneous**

**S - Miscellaneous**

**Shivamoggi, Bhimsen**
**1989 - 1990**

**T - Miscellaneous**

**Vazquez Reyna, Mario**
**1983**

**W - Miscellaneous**

**WRITINGS**

**Journal Articles, Reports and Papers**

**Publication list - Atomic Energy Research Establishment (United Kingdom)**

**Publications list - UCSD**

**Anomalous Diffusion in Axisymmetric Toroidal Systems**
**1970**

**Arguments for a Program in Astrophysics**

**Can Chondrules Form from a Gas of Solar Composition?**

**Coastal Response to Tsunamis**
**1985**

**Collective Effects in Diffuse Matter-Antimatter Plasma: I and II**
**1981**

**Collective Effects in Gaseous Plasmas - I. Collision Free Hydrodynamics**

**Comments on the Physics of Laser-Fusion - (Old Version)**

**Comments on the Present State of Laser Fusion**
**1985**

**Controlled Thermonuclear Research**
**1968**

**Controlled Thermonuclear Research**
**1969**

**Convection in the Earth's Mantle**
**1967**

**Cosmogonic Shadow Effect**
**1987**

**Cosmogonical Separation of Matter and Antimatter**
**1978**

**Counter Streaming Instability in a Magnetic Field**

**Covariant Poisson Brackets for Classical Fields**
**1986**

**Current Collection by a Long Wire in Near-Earth Orbit**
**1978**

**Developments in Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion**
**1980**

**Developments in the Theory of Scattering from Plasma**

**Diagnostic Possibilities of Heated Electrons - A Simplified View**
**1990**

**Difference Frequency Harmonic Ion Heating**
**1967**

**Distributed Anechoic System Using Electrically Active Fluid**
**1992**

**Dynamic Stability of Space Tethers**

**Dynamical Effects of the Electrodynamic Tether**

**Dynamics of High Temperature Plasmas**
**1961**

**Dynamics of Space Tethers**

**Elastic and Inelastic Scattering in Orbital Clustering**
**1973**

**Electric Sorting of Dust Grains in Molecular Clouds**

**Electrodynamic Properties of a Conducting Tether**

**Electrodynamic Tether Propulsion: Potential Uses and Open Issues**
**1987**

**Electrodynamics of a Conducting Tether**

**Electrostatic Confinement and the Virial Theorem**

**Electroviscous Damping for Landing Aircraft**
**1989**

**Energy Distribution of Fission Fragments from Pu239**
**1950**

**First Thoughts on Coherent Astronomy**
**1983**

**Fluctuations in Guiding Center Plasma in Two Dimensions**
**1973**

**Fluctuations: The Fokker Planck Equation for Plasma - Included in Riso Report No. 18, pp. 101-118**

**Hans Suess Lectures/Workshops - General Guidelines**
**1994**

**Hydromagnetic Equations with Viscosity for a Collisionless Plasma**
**1966**

**In Defense of Anti-Matter - Letter to the Editor**
**1980**

**Interference in Scattering Experiments**

**Introduction to Controlled Thermonuclear Research**
**1965**

**Introduction to Kinetic Theory of Plasma**

**Introduction to Plasma Physics**
**1966**

**Ion Beam Propagation and Initial Confinement Fusion**

**Jetstream Formation through Inelastic Collisions**
**1972**

**Kinetic Theory of Plasma**
**1964**

**Light - Chapter Eight**

**Linearized Plasma Dynamics - An Introduction to the Study of Small Oscillations and the Growth of ...**
**1959**

**Long-Range Forces and the Diffusion Coefficients of a Plasma**
**1960**

**Longitudinal Electric Fields and the Kelvin Helmholtz Instability**

**Longitudinal Focusing, Effect of Space Change**

**Lorentz Ionization**

**Lorentz Ionization of the Negative Hydrogen Ion**

**Low Frequency Fluctuations in a Magnetized Plasma - Abstract only**

**Low Frequency Instability Induced by High Frequency Fields**

**Low Frequency Resistive Axisymmetric Modes of a Tokamak Plasma**
**1977**

**Low Frequency Response of a Resistive Plasma to Axially Independent or Axisymmetric Perturbations**
**1978**

**Low Pressure Plane Symmetric Discharge**
**1959**

**Magnetic Confinement of Cosmic Clouds**
**1987**

**Magnetohydrodynamics**
**1964**

**Magnetohydrodynamics of Plasmas**
**1965**

**Matter - Anti-Matter Annihilation and Cosmic Gamma Ray Bursts**

**Modification to the Quasi-Linear Theory**
**1969**

**Neoclassical Plasma Transport in Axisymmetric Systems**
**1973**

**Neutral Gas Pressure Effects in the Gas Discharge I**

**Nonlinear Formation of Alfven Wings in Ionosphere Induced by Tether Satellite Systems**

**Non-Linear Phenomena in Plasmas**

**Non-Linear Resonant Ion Heating in a Magneto-plasma**
**1970**

**Non-Local Effects in Relativistic Kinetic Theory**
**1971**

**Observational Consequences of Anti-Matter in the Cosmos**
**1983**

**On the Acceleration of Cosmic Ray Particles**
**1954**

**On the Coherent Amplification of Radiation by a Periodically Accelerated Electron Beam**

**On the Image Field in a Cut Wall**
**1958**

**On the Propagation of Energetic Ion Beams through a Fusion Target Chamber**
**1978**

**On the Propagation of Intense Neutralized Ion Beams for Fusion**
**1982**

**On the Thermal Conductivity of Rubber**

**On-Shelf Energy Loss**

**Optimisation of the Interaction between a Flowing Plasma and an External Circuit Coupled by a..**

**Ordinary-Mode Electromagnetic Instability for Counter-Streaming Ions with Anisotropic Temperatures**
**1973**

**Oscillations in a Bounded Plasma**
**1983**

**Parallel Electric Fields and Shear Instabilities**
**1983**

**Passive Current Collection**

**Physical Basis of Magnetohydrodynamics**
**1959**

**Plasma Physics**

**Possible Interpretation of Tsunami Observations: Shelf Impedance**

**Preliminary Investigation of the Electrodynamics of a Conducting Tether**

**Preliminary Observations on the Theory of the Conducting Tether**
**1983**

**Preliminary Study of the Dynamical Stability of a Spinning Tether**

**Present Danger: A Different View**

**Pressure in a Gas Discharge**

**Proposed Mechanism for Field Error Induced Anomalous Transport**

**Prospects for Energy**
**1977**

**Radiation from Plasma**

**Reply to Comments by G. Vahala, L. Vahala, D. Montgomery and G. Joyce**
**1974**

**Resonance Phenomena in a Guiding Center Plasma - Abstract only**
**1974**

**Resonances and Plasma Heating**

**Resonant Effects in "M.H.D." Flute Modes**

**Resonant Heating in Sheared Magnetic Fields**
**1973**

**Response Function for an Anisotropic Plasma**

**Runaway Electrons and Anomalous Energy Transport**

**Scattering from Magnetic Fluctuations**
**1971**

**Self-Consistent Test Particle Approach to Relativistic Kinetic Theory**
**1971**

**Shock Heating of Chondrules**
**1985**

**Skyhook from Phobos to Mars - Part 1**

**Skyhook from Phobos to Mars - Part 2**

**S-Matrix Calculation of the Lorentz Ionization of the Negative Hydrogen Ion**

**Some Non-Linear Effects of Radio Frequency Waves**
**1986**

**Stability of a One-Dimensional Plasma in Slab Geometry**
**1987**

**Stability Survey - Included in Riso Report No. 18, pp. 237-248**

**Star Wars Controversy: Perceptions of the Strategic Defense Initiative**

**Statistical Mechanics of Guiding Center Plasma in Two Dimensions**
**1972**

**Statistical Mechanics of the Guiding Centre Plasma**

**Steady State Solution and Stability of the Fokker-Planck Equation for Fast Ion Beams Traversing Plasmas - Abstract only**

**Stimulated Bremsstrahlung - a Free Electron Laser?**

**Stimulated Emission of Bremsstrahlung in a Fully Ionized Plasma**
**1988**

**Stress Tensor in a Plasma**

**Survey of Plasma Physics**
**1968**

**Tearing Modes in Slab Geometry**
**1985**

**Tether Problem**

**Tethered Satellite**

**Theoretical Characteristics of Constricted Discharges in Mercury and Caesium Vapour**
**1952**

**Theoretical Problems Suggested by Zeta**
**1958**

**Thermal Convection in a Magnetic Field**
**1949**

**Thermal Fluctuations in Plasmas**

**Thermonuclear Power: A Theoretical Introduction**
**1957**

**Topics in the Kinetic Theory of Plasmas: Pt. 1. The Kinetic Theory Basis of Hydrodynamics**
**1958**

**Towards a Rational Dynamics of "Natural" Plasmas**

**Transport Equation for a Plasma**
**1965**

**Twenty-Five Years of Plasma Physics**
**1971**

**Use of the SESL Large Vacuum Facility in Plasma Physics Research**

**Wave Propagation in a Cold Magneto Plasma**

**Weak Magnetic Field Limit of Perpendicular Propagating Modes - Abstract only**
**1974**

**Wriggling Discharge in Free Space**
**1955**

**Notes**

**Action at a Distance Heat Transport a la Boltzman**

**Alfven Waves in a Periodic Field - A Model Problem**

**Compressible Hartmann Flow**

**Convection in Horizontal Temperature Gradient**

**Description of Flow**

**Diffusion Across K.A.M. Surface**

**Diffusion of a Guiding Center Plasma in 2-D**

**Dirac: Theory of Electron and E.M. Field**

**Drag Effects**

**Dynamic Equations**

**Dynamics of a Very Long Tether**

**Effect of Drag on the Motion**

**Effects of Ellipiticity**

**EIV Problem Revisited**

**Elastic Waves in a Slab**

**Electrodynamics of the Tether**

**Electron Whistlers**

**Envelope Equations for a Slab Geometry**

**Fluctuation in a Non-Isotropic Plasma**

**Gravitational Collapse of Dust Mixed with Gas**

**Guiding Center Plasma**

**Hydrodynamics of Compressible Fluids**

**Ideas**

**Inductance Problem**

**Interaction between Matter and Anti-Matter Bodies**

**Linear Theory of the Current Driven in Cyclotron Mode**

**Magnetic Crucible**

**Model Anisotropic Distribution Function**

**Mutt and Massey Argument**

**On Arms Control**

**Oscillations of a Very Long Tether**

**Passive Collection of Current from the Ionosphere**

**Plasma as a Non Linear Medium**

**Plasma [?...]lectra**

**Plasma Physics**

**Plasmas for Astrophysics - Outline**

**Pressure Driven Tearing Mode**

**Pressure Gradient Driven Tearing Mode**

**Propagation of M.H.D. Oscillations in a Slab**

**Propagation of Waves in COLD Magnetized Plasma**

**Propagation Problem**

**Properties of the Equilibrium Distribution Function**

**Radiation Induced Instability**

**Relativistic Response Function for an Isotropic Distribution**

**Role of Magnetohydrodynamic Singularities in Ref. Heating of Plasmas**

**Scattering of Dust Grains**

**Slow Electromagnetic Waves - the Alfven Mode**

**Small Larmer[?] Radius Expansion of the Boltzman Equation**

**Spatial Perturbation Theory**

**Theory of the Laboratory Version of the Radiation Induced Thermal Instability**

**Thin Slab Problem**

**Tidal Problem**

**Tsunamis - Miscellanea**

**Turbulent Diffusion - On the Stirring of the Seas**

**Two Lectures - [by] Alan Burgess**

**Untitled. [Electromagnetic Tether]**

**Untitled. [Phase Separation in Plasma]**

**Van-Kampen Normal Modes**

**Wave Propagation in an Anisotropic [G-V Uniaxial] Fluid**

**LECTURES AND TALKS**

**Amplification of Radiation by Stimulated Bremsstrahlung**

**Basic Properties of a Magnetized Plasma**

**Charging of Dust Grains in Plasma**

**Chondrules**

**Correlations +/- Ions Lecture**

**Cosmogonical Separation**

**Dynamic Behavior of Plasma**

**Eccentric Plasma Physics**

**Einstein: The Creative Years; Einstein: The Sage. Two Lectures, includes slides**

**Electrodynamics of a Tethered Satellite**

**Fluctuation Phenomena in Magnetized Plasmas**

**Free Electron Laser**

**Lectures on Plasma Stability - Culham Lecture**
**1973**

**Non-Linear Effects**

**Non-Uniformity in Saturn's Rings**

**Nuclear Physics of Fusion**

**Observation Tests for Antimatter in Cosmology**

**Physics of Fusion - Drafts**

**Plasma Stability - Culham Lecture Notes. Draft**
**undated**

**Plasmas and Tethers in Space**

**Preliminary Study of the Dynamical Stability of a Spinning Tether**

**Role of Waves in Plasma Transport**

**Some Developments in Magnetic Confinement - Culham Lectures 1 and 2**
**1980**

**Space Physics Lectures**

**Tether Dynamics**

**Two Stream Modes in a Heavy Ion Plasma**

**Understand - Basic Laws of Ordinary Matter Since [ca.] 1930**

**CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND PROPOSALS**

**Cal Space/Martin Marietta**

**1983: Final Report on Electrodynamics of a Conducting Tether**

**1991: Practical Aspects of Tether Dynamics**

**National Aeronautics and Space Administration**

**1981: "New Plasma Physics" and Its Applications to Planetary Magnetospheres and the Heliosphere**

**1982-1983: "New Plasma Physics" and Its Application to Planetary Magnetospheres and the Heliosphere**

**1982-1986: Physics and Chemistry of Dusty Plasmas - A Laboratory and Theoretical Investigation**

**1983: Electrodynamic Properties of a Conducting Tether**

**1985: Theoretical Studies of an Electrodynamic Tether**

**1986-1987: Investigation of Roles for Tethers on an Evolving Space Station**

**1987: Kinetic Theory Description of Specific Solar-Terrestrial Problems - NASA Theory Proposal**

**1987-1988: Advanced Propulsion for LEO-Moon Transport: II. Tether Configurations in the LEO-Moon System**

**1989: Advanced Transportation Technologies for Manned Space Missions to the Inner Solar System - a Proposal..**

**National Science Foundation**

**1981-1982: Electric Current Structure of Magnetosphere and Heliosphere**

**1983-1986: Physics of Electron Free Plasmas**

**1984-1986: Tide Gage Response to Tsunamis: Phase 2**

**1987-1989: Coastal Responses to Tsunamis II: Transient Case**

**United States Atomic Energy Commission**

**1972-1973: Theoretical Plasma Physics Research - Progress Report**

**1973-1974: Theoretical Plasma Physics Research - Progress Report**

**United States Department of Energy**

**1983-1984: Radio Frequency and the Reversed Field Pinch**

**Undated: Non-Invasive Measurement of the Magnetic Field Configuration in a Hot Plasma by Radiation..**

**Proposals**

**Dynamical Stability of a Tethered System - Draft**

**ERCH Diagnostics - Draft**

**New Tether Proposal: Draft Work Statement**

**TEACHING MATERIAL**

**Course Outlines and Lecture Notes**

**Natural Science 2C - Atomic Physics**
**Fall, 1975**

**Physics 1A**
**1967**

**Physics 1B**
**1967**

**Physics 2AS**

**Physics 31A**
**1978**

**Physics 114 - Frontiers of Science - Technology of Nuclear Weapons - Winter**
**1989**

**Physics 119C - Frontiers of Science**
**1980 - 1981**

**Physics 119C - Nuclear Physics**

**Physics 138 - Frontiers of Science**
**Fall, 1986**

**Physics 144 - Frontiers of Science - Technical Aspects of Nuclear Weapons**
**Winter, 1989**

**Physics 203A - Plasma Physics**
**1982**

**Physics 203A - Plasma Physics**
**Fall, 1982**

**Physics 212C - Quantum Mechanics**
**1973**

**Physics 218 - Plasma Physics**

**Physics 218A - Plasma Physics**
**Winter, 1975 - 1976**

**Physics 218B - Plasma Physics**
**Winter, 1975 - 1976**

**Physics 218A and B - Plasma Physics - Problem solutions**
**Winter, 1975 - 1976**

**Physics 218A - Plasma Physics**

**Physics 218B - Plasma Physics - Lecture notes**

**Physics 221 - Advanced Mechanics**
**Spring, 1986**

**Physics 239 - Mathematical Foundations of Classical Mechanics**
**Winter, 1981**

**Plasma Physics**

**Plasma Physics**

**Radiology 222 - Health Hazards in the Nuclear Age - Fall**
**1983**

**Revelle Seminar - The Shape of Things to Come**

**Revelle Seminar - The Shape of Things to Come. Poster**

**Seminar - Fusion Update and Hybrid**

**Seminar - Jet Streams**

**Third College Lecture Series - Power and the Technological Society**
**1970**

**Wall Charts - Definitions: Correlation Function, Electrons, Ions, Magnetic Fields**

**Slides**

**Roll 1 - Roll 9**

**SUBJECT FILES**

**Electron Cyclotron Resonance Heating**

**First International Symposium on Evaluation of Current Trends in Fusion Research**
**November 14-18, 1994**

**Book of abstracts**

**Correspondence re. conference report**

**Draft report**

**Schedule and Thompson's notes on the conference**

**Society for Scientific Exploration**

**Tethers**

**Tsunamis**

**FRAGMENTS AND UNIDENTIFIED MATERIAL**

**Miscellanea, not identified**

**Miscellanea, not identified**