Jessie Petricka

Faculty

Associate Professor in Physics

Jessie grew up in nearby Northfield Minnesota and attended Carleton College earning a B.A. in physics where his senior project was on Bose-Einsten Condensation. He then attended graduate school at Yale University, joining the group of Dr. Kasevich in a project to build a very-sensitive-yet-mobile gravity measurement device utilizing ultracold atoms. He then joined the group of Dr. DeMille, where his Ph.D. thesis was on the construction of a high-flux, cold molecular beam. After graduate school, Jessie studied as a postdoc at Duke University in the group of Dr. Thomas on a project to measure the viscosity of ultracold, strongly-interacting, fermionic atoms.

Jessie joined the faculty of Gustavus Adolphus in the fall of 2009, and has since started a laboratory that has projects in atomic/molecular physics, computational physics, and 3D printing. He has supervised over 15 students in his laboratory on these projects, and welcomes students of all classes to join his group.

Outside of academics, Jessie enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, many outdoor-type activities including hiking and sailing, and table-top games.

See more at my homepage.

Education

B.A. Carleton College 2001; Ph.D Yale University 2007


Courses Taught

PHY-196 (Cosmic Universe Lab), PHY-300 (Mechanics), and PHY-380 (Thermal and Statistical Physics)

Past
Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PHY-380 Thermal and Statistical Physics 9 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-399 Senior Seminar 8 2019/FA, 2018/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-206 Mechanical Univ Lab 6 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
PHY-205 Mechanical Universe 6 2020/SP, 2019/SP, 2018/SP, 2014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
PHY-305 Experimental Modern Physics Lab 6 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-340 Condensed Matter 5 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
PHY-340 Condensed Matter Lab 5 2019/SP, 2017/SP, 2015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
PHY-216 Electromag. Univ. Lab 4 2019/FA, 2017/FA, 2016/FA, and 2015/FA
FTS-100 FTS:Quantitative Reason 3 2019/FA, 2017/FA, and 2016/FA
PHY-215 Electromag. Universe 3 2017/FA, 2016/FA, and 2015/FA
PHY-260 Modern Physics 3 2012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
PHY-250 Applied Math Sci & Eng 2 2019/FA and 2018/FA
PHY-350 Electromagnetic Theory 2 2018/SP and 2017/SP
PHY-225 Quantum Universe 2 2015/SP and 2014/SP
PHY-305 Experimental Modern Physics 2 2014/FA and 2009/FA
PHY-271 Electronics and Instrumentation Lab 1 2020/SP
PHY-171 General Physics II Lab 1 2020/SP
PHY-196 Cosmic Universe Lab 1 2018/FA
PHY-121 General Physics I Lab 1 2015/FA
PHY-221 Classical Physics II Lab 1 2010/SP
PHY-220 Classical Physics II 1 2010/SP