Jason Stalnaker

  • Professor of Physics
  • Chair of Physics and Astronomy

Areas of Study


  • BA, University California Berkeley, 1998
  • MA, University California Berkeley, 2000
  • PhD, University California Berkeley, 2005

  • precision atomic spectroscopy
  • femtosecond frequency combs
  • atomic magnetometers

  • Physics 111: Electricity, Magnetism, & Thermodynamics
  • Physics 242: Electronics
  • Physics 311: Electricity and Magnetism
  • Physics 312: Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics 314: Intermediate Lab
  • Physics 316: Optics

  • National Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow, 2005–2007
    Optical Frequency Measurements Group
    National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder Colorado
  • PhD in physics, University of California at Berkeley, 2005
    Dissertation Title: Progress Towards Parity Nonconservation in Ytterbium
    Thesis Advisors: Dmitry Budker and Stuart Freedman
  • MA in physics, University of California at Berkeley, 2000
  • BA in physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1998

Spring 2023

Electronics — PHYS 242
Laboratory Physics — PHYS 418
Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy — PHYS 451

Fall 2023

Waves and Optics — PHYS 316
Laboratory Physics — PHYS 418
Special Problems in Physics and Astronomy — PHYS 451


Jason Stalnaker Coauthors Publication

February 28, 2020

Associate Professor of Physics Jason Stalnaker coauthored a publication that appeared in the journal Physics of the Dark Universe. The paper describes an analysis method for detecting dark matter using a network of optical magnetometers. Oberlin student P. Claire Segura ’20 is also a coauthor on the paper.

Jason Stalnaker Receives Grant

June 22, 2017

Jason Stalnaker, associate professor of physics, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to look for dark matter.  The grant is a collaboration with Derek Jackson Kimball at California State University, East Bay. The funds will be used to establish a precision optical magnetometer at Oberlin College that will be a part of a global network of optical magnetometers looking for anomalous spin couplings due to dark matter.


Winter Term in Oberlin: 2020

February 24, 2020

Winter Term is a time of year when Oberlin students are encouraged to conduct independent or group projects outside of courses related to their majors. Pursuits can be done on or off campus with students choosing to work almost anywhere on the map. This year we highlight some of the work by the more than 900 students who completed projects in Oberlin.