Erik Brekke

Assistant Professor of Physics

B.S., Gustavus Adolphus College      
M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Programs: Physics

I greatly enjoy teaching across all kinds of physics classes, from a general education offering on physics in the arts to our advanced theoretical physics classes. I have a great passion for helping students learn in the lab environment, and love to incorporate new methods of physics education.

My research is in the field of atomic and optical physics, focusing on the interaction of atoms with laser light. I have worked with the laser cooling of atoms, and the use of atoms for the generation of novel laser sources.  In my lab on campus we have constructed several diode lasers and control their frequencies using the absorption of laser light through atomic vapor cells.

Currently I collaborate with students both during the academic year and in the summers, working on laser control and atomic interactions.  These projects are great at providing hands on research experience for our physics students.

Courses taught:
PHYS 100 Physics in the Arts      
PHYS 111 Fundamentals of Physics 1       
PHYS 112 Fundamentals of Physics 2 
PHYS 211 Classical Mechanics
PHYS 311 Thermal Physics