Physics and Astronomy

  • Ross Martin-Wells, PhD

Ross Martin-Wells

Avid mountaineer, ice/rock climber, trail runner, and general outdoor adventurer. When not outdoors will likely be found cooking.

My research interests focus on the use of my experience with ultracold atoms and lasers for a variety of applications ranging from water disinfection to nanolithography. I have also had the fortune to have careers outside academia including small-business finance; web and mobile application design, development, and operation (in React, React Native, and JavaScript); and civil and agricultural infrastructure.

I believe strongly in the liberal arts, whether through teaching courses such as CIE or in my physics courses. I am deeply interested in the pedagogy that helps develop responsive and rigorous alumni of the community. 


Physics and Astronomy


Ph.D Physics: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical experiment, Pennsylvania State University
B.A. in Physics with Distinction, Carleton College, MN, Magna Cum Laude



General Physics I (PHYS111)

General Physics II (PHYS112 )

Introductory Labs (PHYS111L, 112L, 121L, 122L)

Modern Physics (PHYS 207)

Quantum Mechanics (PHYS401)

Electrodynamics (PHYS 409)

Senior Seminar (PHYS 450)

Research Interests

Ultracold Atom Experiments
Focused Ion Beams
Atomic and Laser applications for Industry

Recent Work

“Ultracold Cesium source for FIB below 1nm: Milling, deposition, and lithography” R.B. Martin-Wells APS March Meeting (March 2014)

“Direct Observation of Resonant Scattering Phase Shifts and Their Energy Dependence” S.D. Gensemer, R.B. Martin-Wells, A.W. Bennet, and K. Gibble (2012) Physical Review Letters, 109(26)