Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Barbara J Thompson

(RSCH AST, SOLAR & SOLAR TRSTRL STD)

 barbara.j.thompson@nasa.gov

 301.286.3405

Org Code: 671

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 671
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Brief Bio


Dr. Thompson has devoted the majority of their solar research to the study of coronal mass ejections and the dynamics of coronal structures. The majority of their refereed publications involve either CMEs or eruption-associated phenomena, such as dimmings and EUV waves. Their research efforts focus on understanding the dynamics of the solar corona and image processing/analysis efforts to examine eruptive structures, and the application of machine learning and advance mathematical methods to problem-solving.  

Dr. Thompson is part of the leadership team for the Center for HelioAnalytics, a Community of Practice to envision solutions using machine learning, knowledge capture, and data analytics to expand the discovery potential for key heliophysics research topics and missions.  https://helioanalytics.io/

Education


B.A. Physics and Mathematics, Minor in Geology, University of Pennsylvania 1991
Ph D. Physics, University of Minnesota 1996

Publications


Refereed

Richardson, I. G., O. C. St. Cyr, J. T. Burkepile, H. Xie, and B. J. Thompson. 2023. Solar Energetic-Particle-Associated Coronal Mass Ejections Observed by the Mauna Loa Solar Observatory Mk3 and Mk4 Coronameters Solar Physics 298 (9): 105 [10.1007/s11207-023-02192-9]

Whitman, K., R. Egeland, I. G. Richardson, et al. C. Allison, P. Quinn, J. Barzilla, I. Kitiashvili, V. Sadykov, H. M. Bain, M. Dierckxsens, M. Leila Mays, T. Tadesse, K. T. Lee, E. Semones, J. G. Luhmann, M. Núñez, S. M. White, S. W. Kahler, A. G. Ling, D. F. Smart, M. A. Shea, V. Tenishev, S. F. Boubrahimi, B. Aydin, P. Martens, R. Angryk, M. S. Marsh, S. Dalla, N. Crosby, N. A. Schwadron, K. Kozarev, M. Gorby, M. A. Young, M. Laurenza, E. W. Cliver, T. Alberti, M. Stumpo, S. Benella, A. Papaioannou, A. Anastasiadis, I. Sandberg, M. K. Georgoulis, A. Ji, D. Kempton, C. Pandey, G. Li, J. Hu, G. P. Zank, E. Lavasa, G. Giannopoulos, D. Falconer, Y. Kadadi, I. Fernandes, M. A. Dayeh, A. Muñoz-Jaramillo, S. Chatterjee, K. D. Moreland, I. V. Sokolov, I. I. Roussev, A. Taktakishvili, F. Effenberger, T. Gombosi, Z. Huang, L. Zhao, N. Wijsen, A. Aran, S. Poedts, A. Kouloumvakos, M. Paassilita, R. Vainio, A. Belov, E. A. Eroshenko, M. A. Abunina, A. A. Abunin, C. C. Balch, O. Malandraki, M. Karavolos, B. Heber, J. Labrenz, P. Kühl, A. G. Kosovichev, V. Oria, G. M. Nita, E. Illarionov, P. M. O’Keefe, Y. Jiang, S. H. Fereira, A. Ali, E. Paouris, S. Aminalragia-Giamini, P. Jiggens, M. Jin, C. O. Lee, E. Palmerio, A. Bruno, S. Kasapis, X. Wang, Y. Chen, B. Sanahuja, D. Lario, C. Jacobs, D. T. Strauss, R. Steyn, J. den Berg, B. Swalwell, C. Waterfall, M. Nedal, R. Miteva, M. Dechev, P. Zucca, A. Engell, B. Maze, H. Farmer, T. Kerber, B. Barnett, J. Loomis, N. Grey, B. J. Thompson, J. A. Linker, R. M. Caplan, C. Downs, T. Török, R. Lionello, V. Titov, M. Zhang, and P. Hosseinzadeh. 2022. Review of Solar Energetic Particle Models Advances in Space Research [10.1016/j.asr.2022.08.006]

Lario, D., R.-Y. Kwon, I. G. Richardson, et al. N. E. Raouafi, B. J. Thompson, T. T. Rosenvinge, M. L. Mays, P. A. Mäkelä, H. Xie, H. M. Bain, M. Zhang, L. Zhao, H. V. Cane, A. Papaioannou, N. Thakur, and P. Riley. 2017. The Solar Energetic Particle Event of 2010 August 14: Connectivity with the Solar Source Inferred from Multiple Spacecraft Observations and Modeling The Astrophysical Journal 838 (1): 51 [10.3847/1538-4357/aa63e4]

Mason, J. P., T. N. Woods, D. F. Webb, et al. B. J. Thompson, R. C. Colaninno, and A. Vourlidas. 2016. Relationship of EUV Irradiance Coronal Dimming Slope and Depth to Coronal Mass Ejection Speed and Mass The Astrophysical Journal 830 (1): 20 [10.3847/0004-637x/830/1/20]

Thompson, B. J., and C. A. Young. 2016. PERSISTENCE MAPPING USING EUV SOLAR IMAGER DATA The Astrophysical Journal 825 (1): 27 [10.3847/0004-637x/825/1/27]

Mays, M. L., B. J. Thompson, L. K. Jian, et al. R. C. Colaninno, D. Odstrcil, C. Möstl, M. Temmer, N. P. Savani, G. Collinson, A. Taktakishvili, P. J. MacNeice, and Y. Zheng. 2015. PROPAGATION OF THE 2014 JANUARY 7 CME AND RESULTING GEOMAGNETIC NON-EVENT The Astrophysical Journal 812 (2): 145 [10.1088/0004-637x/812/2/145]

Mason, J. P., T. N. Woods, A. Caspi, B. J. Thompson, and R. A. Hock. 2014. MECHANISMS AND OBSERVATIONS OF CORONAL DIMMING FOR THE 2010 AUGUST 7 EVENT ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 789 [10.1088/0004-637X/789/1/61]

Kwon, R., L. Ofman, O. Olmedo, et al. M. Kramar, J. M. Davila, B. J. Thompson, and K. Cho. 2013. STEREO OBSERVATIONS OF FAST MAGNETOSONIC WAVES IN THE EXTENDED SOLAR CORONA ASSOCIATED WITH EIT/EUV WAVES ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL 766 [10.1088/0004-637X/766/1/55]

Gilbert, H. R., A. R. Inglis, M. L. Mays, et al. L. Ofman, B. J. Thompson, and C. A. Young. 2013. Energy Release from Impacting Prominence Material Following the 2011 June 7 Eruption The Astrophysical Journal 776 [L12-10.1088/2041-8205/776/1/L12]

Davila, J. M., N. Gopalswamy, B. J. Thompson, T. Bogdan, and M. A. Hapgood. 2011. The International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) The Sun, the Solar Wind, and the Heliosphere 375-379

Thompson, B. J., N. Gopalswamy, J. M. Davila, and H. Haubold. 2009. Putting the “I” in IHY: The United Nations Report for the International Heliophysical Year 2007 Putting the “I” in IHY: The United Nations Report for the International Heliophysical Year 2007 (edited by Barbara J Thompson; Natchimuthuk Gopalswamy; Joseph M Davila and Hans J Haubold) ISBN 978-3-211-99179-4 Published by Springer Dordrecht The Netherlands

Davila, J. M., N. Gopalswamy, and B. J. Thompson. 2009. Universal processes in heliophysics IAU Symposium 257 11-16 [10.1017/S1743921309029032]

Davila, J., N. Gopalswamy, B. Thompson, and H. Haubold. 2008. International Heliophysical Year 2007: A Report from the UN/NASA Workshop Bangalore - India, 27 November 1 December 2006 Earth Moon and Planets 103 9-24 [10.1007/s11038-008-9231-5]

Rabello Soares, M., A. Rabiu, N. Gopalswamy, et al. B. Thompson, J. Davila, and A. Sobrinho. 2008. Outreach activities during the 2006 total solar eclipse sponsored by the International Heliophysical Year Advances in Space Research 42 1792-1799 [10.1016/j.asr.2007.04.014]

Zhang, J., I. G. Richardson, D. F. Webb, et al. N. Gopalswamy, E. Huttunen, J. Kasper, N. V. Nitta, W. Poomvises, B. J. Thompson, C.-C. Wu, S. Yashiro, and A. N. Zhukov. 2007. Correction to “Solar and interplanetary sources of major geomagnetic storms ( Dst ≤ −100 nT) during 1996–2005” Journal of Geophysical Research 112 (A12): A12103 [10.1029/2007ja012891]

Zhang, J., I. G. Richardson, D. F. Webb, et al. N. Gopalswamy, E. Huttunen, J. C. Kasper, N. V. Nitta, W. Poomvises, B. J. Thompson, C.-C. Wu, S. Yashiro, and A. N. Zhukov. 2007. Solar and interplanetary sources of major geomagnetic storms ( Dst ≤ −100 nT) during 1996–2005 Journal of Geophysical Research 112 (A10): A10102 [10.1029/2007ja012321]

Kitamura, M., D. Wentzel, A. Henden, et al. J. Bennett, H. Al-Naimiy, A. Mathai, N. Gopalswamy, J. M. Davila, B. J. Thompson, D. Webb, and H. Haubold. 2007. The United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative: the TRIPOD concept IAU Special Session 5 277-284 [10.1017/S1743921307007156]

Gopalswamy, N., J. M. Davila, B. J. Thompson, and H. Haubold. 2007. The United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative for IHY 2007 IAU Special Session 5 295-302 [10.1017/S1743921307007181]

Zhang, J., I. Richardson, D. Webb, et al. N. Gopalswamy, E. Huttunen, J. Kasper, N. Nitta, W. Poomvises, B. Thompson, C. Wu, S. Yashiro, and A. Zhukov. 2007. Solar and interplanetary sources of major geomagnetic storms (Dst <= -100 nT) during 1996-2005 Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics) 112 10102 [10.1029/2007JA012321]

Davila, J., N. Gopalswamy, and B. Thompson. 2007. The International Heliophysical Year Romanian Astronomical Journal 17 3-13 []

Zhang, J., I. Richardson, D. Webb, et al. N. Gopalswamy, E. Huttunen, J. Kasper, N. Nitta, W. Poomvises, B. Thompson, C. Wu, S. Yashiro, and A. Zhukov. 2007. Correction to 'Solar and interplanetary sources of major geomagnetic storms (Dst <= -100 nT) during 1996-2005' Journal of Geophysical Research (Space Physics) 112 12103 [10.1029/2007JA012891]

Davila, J. M., B. J. Thompson, and N. Gopalswamy. 2006. The International Heliophysical Year (IHY) 2007 African Skies 10 4

Haubold, H., B. J. Thompson, H. Al-Naimiy, et al. J. M. Davila, N. Gopalswamy, K. Groves, and D. Scherrer. 2006. The IHY/United Nations Distributed Observatory Development Program 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly 36 3304

Gopalswamy, N., J. M. Davila, and B. J. Thompson. 2006. International coordinated efforts for IHY 2007 36th COSPAR Scientific Assembly 36 2743

Davila, J. M., N. Gopalswamy, and B. J. Thompson. 2006. Preparing for the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) 2007 Proceedings of the ILWS Workshop 231

Davila, J. M., B. J. Thompson, and N. Gopalswamy. 2006. Planning the International Heliophysical Year (IHY) United Nations Programme on Space Applications 17 37

Gopalswamy, N., J. Davila, B. Thompson, and H. Haubold. 2006. The United Nations Basic Space Science Initiative for IHY 2007 IAU Special Session 5

Young, C. A., B. J. Thompson, J. M. Davila, and N. Gopalswamy. 2006. IHY-CAWSES Data base 2nd UN/NASA Workshop on International Heliophysical Year and Basic Space Science

Gopalswamy, N., J. M. Davila, B. J. Thompson, and H. Haubold. 2006. IHY/UNBSS Program: Success Stories 2nd UN/NASA Workshop on International Heliophysical Year and Basic Space Science

Opalswamy, N., B. Thompson, D. Zarro, and G. Dimitoglou. 2003. Coordinated Data Analysis Workshops, EGS - AGU - EUG Joint Assembly 4585

Gopalswamy, N., S. Yashiro, A. Lara, et al. M. Kaiser, B. Thompson, P. Gallagher, and R. Howard. 2003. Large solar energetic particle events of cycle 23: A global view Geophysical Research Letters 30 (12): 8015 [10.1029/2002GL016435]

Thompson, B. J., D. Biesecker, and N. Gopalswamy. 2002. Phenomena Associated with EIT Waves 34th COSPAR Scientific Assembly 34

Gopalswamy, N., M. Kaiser, B. Thompson, et al. L. Burlaga, A. Szabo, A. Lara, A. Vourlidas, S. Yashiro, and J. Bougeret. 2000. Radio-rich solar eruptive events Geophysical Research Letters 27 1427-1430 [10.1029/1999GL003665]

Thompson, B., B. Reynolds, H. Aurass, et al. N. Gopalswamy, J. Gurman, H. Hudson, O. Martin, O. Martin, and O. Martin. 2000. Observations of the 24 September 1997 Coronal Flare Waves Solar Physics 193 161-180 []

Bromage, B., D. Alexander, A. Breen, et al. J. Clegg, G. Del Zanna, C. DeForest, D. Dobrzycka, N. Gopalswamy, B. Thompson, and P. Browning. 2000. Structure of a Large low-Latitude Coronal Hole Solar Physics 193 181-193 []

Gopalswamy, N., and B. Thompson. 2000. Early life of coronal mass ejections Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics 62 1457-1469 [10.1016/S1364-6826(00)00079-1]

Gopalswamy, N., K. Shibasaki, B. J. Thompson, J. B. Gurman, and C. Deforest. 1999. Is the chromosphere hotter in coronal holes? American Institute of Physics Conference Series 471 277-280 [10.1063/1.58801]

Gopalswamy, N., M. L. Kaiser, R. J. Macdowall, et al. M. J. Reiner, B. J. Thompson, and O. C. St Cyr. 1999. Dynamical phenomena associated with a coronal mass ejectionv American Institute of Physics Conference Series 471 641-644 [10.1063/1.58816]

Gopalswamy, N., S. Yashiro, M. L. Kaiser, B. J. Thompson, and S. Plunkett. 1999. Multi-wavelength Signatures of Coronal Mass Ejection Proceedings of the Nobeyama Symposium 207-210

Gopalswamy, N., K. Shibasaki, B. Thompson, J. Gurman, and C. DeForest. 1999. Microwave enhancement and variability in the elephant's trunk coronal hole: Comparison with SOHO observations Journal of Geophysical Research 104 9767-9780 [10.1029/1998JA900168]

Biesecker, D., B. Thompson, S. Gibson, et al. D. Alexander, A. Fludra, N. Gopalswamy, J. Hoeksema, A. Lecinski, and L. Strachan. 1999. Synoptic Sun during the first Whole Sun Month Campaign: August 10 to September 8 1996 Journal of Geophysical Research 104 9679-9690 [10.1029/1998JA900056]

Gopalswamy, N., B. J. Thompson, and K. Shibasaki. 1998. Comparison of Microwave and SOHO Synoptic Maps of the Sun During the Whole Sun Month 1996 Synoptic Solar Physics 140 401

Gopalswamy, N., Y. Hanaoka, T. Kosugi, et al. R. Lepping, J. Steinberg, S. Plunkett, R. Howard, B. Thompson, J. Gurman, G. Ho, N. Nitta, and H. Hudson. 1998. On the relationship between coronal mass ejections and magnetic clouds Geophysical Research Letters 25 2485-2488 [10.1029/98GL50757]

Kaiser, M., M. Reiner, N. Gopalswamy, et al. O. Howard, O. Howard, O. Howard, B. Thompson, and J. Bougeret. 1998. Type II radio emissions in the frequency range from 1-14 MHz associated with the April 7, 1997 solar event Geophysical Research Letters 25 (14): 2501-2504 [10.1029/98GL00706]

Plunkett, S., N. Gopalswamy, M. Kundu, et al. R. A. Howard, B. J. Thompson, J. B. Gurman, R. P. Lepping, H. Hudson, N. Nitta, Y. Hansoka, T. Kosugi, and J. Burkepile. 1997. A Multi-Wavelength Analysis of the February 6/7 1997 Coronal Mass Ejection Fifth SOHO Workshop: The Corona and Solar Wind Near Minimum Activity 404 615