Tom Nugent (physicist)

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Thomas J. Nugent, Jr. is an engineer and current President of LaserMotive, a laser power beaming and research company.[1]

He previously worked as a project scientist at Intellectual Ventures Labs, working on a variety of projects including the “Photonic Fence,” a system for shooting down mosquitoes via laser to help prevent the spread of malaria.[2][3]

Nugent holds a B.S. in Physics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  • A Performance Evaluation of the Ion Compressed Antiproton-Catalyzed Nuclear (ICAN) Propulsion System, Pasadena, CA, USA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, July 1991, JPL D-8572 


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