Graduate School of Engineering & Management

AFIT Leadership: Colonel Brian A. Tom
Name: Colonel Brian A. Tom
Title: Associate Dean
Commercial Phone: 937-255-3636 (7112)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (7112)


PhD in Chemical Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009
MS in Applied Physics, The Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006
MA in Organizational Management, The George Washington University, 1999
BS in Chemistry and Biology, University of California, San Diego, 1991

My research interests include the use of spectroscopy to study the chemistry of the interstellar medium and combustion in novel propulsion systems. 



S. D. Wakefield, B. A. Tom, B. C. Sell, M. L. Fotia, J. Hoke, and F. Schauer, “Development of a Mid-IR Laser Diagnostic for Combustion Efficiency”, AIAA Conference Proceedings, (2014).
C. J. McGahan, B. A. Tom, A. W. Caswell, J. R. Gord, F. Schauer, J. Hoke, “Exhaust Gas Analysis of a Rotating Detonation Engine using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy”, AIAA Conference Proceedings, (2014).
K. N. Crabtree, B. A. Tom and B. J. McCall, "Nuclear Spin Dependence of the Reaction of H3+ with H2. I. Kinetics and Modeling", Journal of Chemical Physics (2011), 134, 194310.

K. N. Crabtree, C. A. Kauffman, B. A. Tom, E. Beçka, B. A. McGuire and B. J. McCall, "Nuclear Spin Dependence of the Reaction of H3+ with H2. II. Experimental Measurements", Journal of Chemical Physics (2011), 134, 194311.

M. Perera, B. A. Tom, Y. Miyamoto, M. W. Porambo, L. E. Moore, W. R. Evans, T. Momose and B. J. McCall, "Refractive Index Measurements of Solid Parahydrogen", Optics Letters (2011), 36, 840-842.

K. N. Crabtree, N. Indriolo, H. Kreckel, B. A. Tom and B. J. McCall, "On the Ortho:Para Ratio of H3+ in Diffuse Molecular Clouds", Astrophysical Journal (2011), 729, 15.

H. Kreckel, O. Novotny, K. N. Crabtree, H. Buhr, A. Petrignani, B. A. Tom, R. D. Thomas, M. H. Berg, D. Bing, M. Grieser, C. Krantz, M. Lestinsky, M. B. Mendes, C. Nordhorn, R. Repnow, J. Stuetzel, A. Wolf and B. J. McCall, "High-Resolution Storage-Ring Measurements of the Dissociative Recombination of H3+ Using a Supersonic Expansion Ion Source", Physical Review A (2010), 82, 042715.

B. A. Tom, A. A. Mills, M. B. Wiczer, K. N. Crabtree and B. J. McCall, "Development and Characterization of a Source of Rotationally Cold, Enriched para-H3+", Journal of Chemical Physics (2010), 132, 081103.
B. A. Tom, "Nuclear Spin Dependence in Reactions of H3+ in the Laboratory and the Interstellar Medium", Ph.D. Thesis, University of Illinois, 2009.

B. A. Tom, S. Bhasker, Y. Miyamoto, T. Momose, and B. J. McCall
"Producing and Quantifying Enriched Para-H2", Review of Scientific Instruments (2009), 80, 016108.

B. A. Tom, V. Zhaunerchyk, M. B. Wiczer, A. A. Mills, K. N. Crabtree, M. Kaminska, W. D. Geppert, M. Hamberg, M. af Ugglas, E. Vigren, W. J. van der Zande, M. Larsson, R. D. Thomas, and B. J. McCall, "Dissociative Recombination of Highly Enriched Para-H3+", Journal of Chemical Physics (2009), 130, 031101.

S. L. Widicus Weaver, M. B. Wiczer, B. Negru, J. P. DiGangi, B. A. Tom and B. J. McCall, "Continuous-wave Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy of the N2+ Meinel System (2,1) Band", Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (2008), 249, 14-22.

Herbert, T., B. A. Tom, and C. Burnett, "Precise Major Component Determinations in Deep Sea Sediment Using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy", Geochemica et Cosmochemica Acta (1992), 56, 1759-1763.