Faculty and Staff

James Madsen

Jim Madsen

James Madsen

member of graduate faculty

Office: 109 Centennial Science Hall
Phone: 715-425-4390



Ph.D. Physics, Colorado School of Mines
B.S. Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Courses Taught:

  • Condensed Matter
  • Thermodynamics
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Electricity & Magnetism
  • Mathematics of Physics & Engineering
  • Calculus-based Physics
  • Algebra-based Physics
  • General Physics Laboratory

Research Interests:

  • Condensed Matter
  • Astrophysics

Dr. Madsen is a member of the AMANDA (Antarctic Muon And Neutrino Detector Array) and IceCube collaborations. These projects involve placing sensitive light detectors in the polar ice cap to indirectly detect neutrinos. These projects seek to map the universe using neutrinos, and explore cataclysmic phenomena like gamma ray bursts and Active Galactic Nuclei that produce neutrinos millions to trillions of times more energetic then those produced in the Sun, nuclear power plants, or radioactive decay. See IceCube for more related projects.

The Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic program (TEA) paired teachers with Polar researchers to provide field experience in a wide variety of disciplines. During the 2001-2002 season, Mats Pettersson from Sweden and Jason Petula from Tunhannock High School in Pennsylvania attended the Astronomy in the Ice course at UWRF and then spent three weeks at the South Pole working on AMANDA and an associated cosmic ray experiment SPASE. Eric Muhs from Seattle, Washington followed a similar path for the 2002-2003 season, and was at the South Pole from late November to mid December, 2002.

The internship program gives UWRF students valuable experience outside the classroom. Students learn life-long career skills including resume development, producing effective cover letters, job research skills, and how to network. 

He has also taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at the Colorado School of Mines.