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David Olsgaard

Professor of Physics, Co-Chair for the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Director of Dual-Degree Engineering, Advisor of Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society
David Olsgaard brings expertise in the laboratory and experimental sides of physics, especially in lasers, optics, and atomic physics. He is also director of Simpson’s Dual-Degree Engineering program.

Biography

David Olsgaard enjoys teaching physics at all levels and working with students on laboratory projects. He developed the popular Introduction to Laser Science course with laser laboratory at Simpson College, and is currently working to develop new experiments in quantum optics and entanglement. When not engaged with college duties he enjoys reading, playing tennis, home projects, and traveling with his family.

 

Expertise

  • Laser Science
  • Atomic Physics
  • Quantum Optics
  • Laboratory Instrumentation

 

Awards

  • 2017 Recipient of a Jonathan F. Reichert Foundation grant for the development of new experiments in quantum optics.

 

Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics, Old Dominion University, VA
  • M.S. Physics, Old Dominion University, VA
  • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, North Dakota State University

 

Publications

  • Eight refereed research papers published in: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A, Journal of the Optical Society of America B, Optics and Spectroscopy, and Journal of Chemical Physics.
     
  • Ten published abstracts and conference presentations.

 

“The Big Bang...Whispers of Faith,” David Olsgaard, Cover article for The Simpson Magazine, Spring 2000.