Jessie Petricka


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.


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

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
PHY-380Thermal and Statistical Physics72015/FA, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-305Experimental Modern Physics Lab62014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-399Senior Seminar62014/FA, 2013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, and 2009/FA
PHY-340Condensed Matter32015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
PHY-340Condensed Matter Lab32015/SP, 2013/SP, and 2011/SP
PHY-205Mechanical Universe32014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
PHY-206Mechanical Univ Lab32014/SP, 2013/SP, and 2012/SP
PHY-260Modern Physics32012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2010/SP
PHY-216Electromag. Univ. Lab22016/FA and 2015/FA
PHY-215Electromag. Universe22016/FA and 2015/FA
PHY-225Quantum Universe22015/SP and 2014/SP
PHY-305Experimental Modern Physics22014/FA and 2009/FA
FTS-100FTS:Compared to What12016/FA
PHY-121General Physics I Lab12015/FA
PHY-221Classical Physics II Lab12010/SP
PHY-220Classical Physics II12010/SP