David A. Van Baak, Professor
Office: Science Building 150
1734 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4403
Areas of Research
experimental atomic physics, optics (instrumentation development)
- BS, Calvin College (1973)
- MA, Harvard University (1975)
- PhD, Harvard University (1979)
- Department of Physics, Calvin College (Professor of Physics 1987-present, Associate Professor 1982-86, Assistant Professor 1980-81)
- Collaborating Physicist, TeachSpin, Inc. (2004-present)
- Visiting Professor of Physics (via Fulbright fellowship), University College Cork, National University of Ireland (1998-99)
- Visiting researcher, National Institute for Standards and Technology (1993-1994)
- Visiting Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame (1986-87)
- National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (1979-80)
Professor Van Baak has been named a Fellow in the American Physical Society. Read more.
D.A. Van Baak, "Re-creating Gauss's method for non-electrical absolute measurements of magnetic fields and moments," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 81, pp. 738-744, October 2013.
David Van Baak, edited by George Herold and Jonathan Reichert, Noise Fundamentals NF1-A Instructor's Manual, A Product of TeachSpin, Inc., 2010.
David Van Baak, "Can Scientific Laws Teach Us About the Nature of the World?" in Faithful Imagination in the Academy: Explorations in Religious Belief and Scholarship, ed. Janel Curry and Ronald Wells. (Lexington Books) 2008.
David Van Baak, Torsional Oscillator TO1-A Instructor's Manual, Vol. I & II, A Product of TeachSpin, Inc., 2008.
David Van Baak, "Modern Interferometry Manual", A Product of TeachSpin, Inc., 2006
David Van Baak, "Earth's-Field NMR, Gradient/Fields Coils Manual", A Product of TeachSpin, Inc., 2005
David Van Baak, "Two-Slit Interference, One Photon at a Time Manual", A Product of TeachSpin, Inc., 2004
K. Razdan and D. A. Van Baak, "Demonstrating optical beat notes through heterodyne experiments," American Journal of Physics, v.70, p.1061 (2002).
D.A. Van Baak, "The Light Switch, the Heavy Responsibility," editorial published in Perspectives: A Journal of Reformed Thought, 14, 23 (December, 1999).
K. Razdan and D.A. Van Baak, "Demonstrating optical saturation and velocity selection in rubidium vapor," American Journal of Physics 67, 832 (September 1999).
M. Dekker*, A.J. Kromminga, D.A. Van Baak, O.J. Pilskalns, and J.P. Jacobs, "Quantitative investigation of Fresnel reflection in the electromagnetism laboratory," American Journal of Physics 67, 606 (July 1999).
D. A. Van Baak, "Variational alternatives to Kirchhoff's loop theorem in dc circuits," American Journal of Physics 67, 36-44 (1999.)
O. Pfister, J.S. Wells, L. Hollberg, L. Zink, D.A. Van Baak, M.D. Levenson, and W.R. Bosenberg, "Continuous-wave frequency tripling and quadrupling by simultaneous three-wave mixings in periodically poled crystals: application to a two-step 1.19 - 10.71 micrometer frequency bridge," Optics Lett. 22, 1211 (1997).
D. A. Van Baak, "Resonant Faraday rotation as a probe of atomic dispersion," Am. J. Phys. 64, 724 (1996).
D. A. Van Baak, "Just how bright is a laser?" The Physics Teacher 33, 497-499 (1995).
D. A. Van Baak and L. Hollberg, "A proposed sum-and-difference method for optical frequency measurement in the near infrared," Optics Letters 19, 1586-8 (1994).
D. A. Van Baak, "An improved way to use thermistors in temperature servomechanisms," Meas. Sci. Technol. 5, 864-5 (1994).
D. A. Van Baak, "Temperature servomechanisms using thermoelectric modules," Am.J. Phys. 60, 803-815 (1992).