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Paul Tjossem

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Associate Professor


Research interests include non-linear laser spectrometry, trace atom and molecule detection, and electromagnetic puzzles.

Selected Research Students & Projects

  • V. Cornejo '98 "Thomson's Jumping Ring"
  • K. Ni '09 "Computed Tomography and the Radon Transform"
  • F. Friesen '10 "FPGA"
  • E. C. Brost '10 "Optimizing Thomson's Jumping Ring"


Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-4289


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On-Campus Address: 

1036 Science
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

  • Postdoc (Molecular Physics), 1987-89, National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • Ph.D. (Applied Physics), 1987, Cornell University
  • M.S. (Applied Physics), 1983, Cornell University
  • B.A. (Physics), 1981, Swarthmore College

Courses Taught: 

  • Phy-131: General Physics I with Lab
  • Phy-132: General Physics II with Lab
  • Phy-220: Electronics with Lab
  • Phy-310: Computational Physics
  • Phy-314: Thermodynamics
  • Phy-335: Electromagnetic Theory
  • Phy-462: Advanced Laboratory
  • Tutorial: "Engineered Humans" 

Primary Academic Interest: 

Experimental atomic and molecular physics

Academic Interests: 

Non-linear laser spectrometry Trace atom and molecule detection Electromagnetic puzzles