Elisabeth Atems

Elisabeth Atems

  • Lecturer


Elisabeth (Liz) Atems, Ph.D., joined the Norwich physics faculty in 2014.

She studied as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a B.A., and went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics at Wayne State University in Detroit, working on theoretical studies of collision processes involving electrons and diatomic molecules such as H2. Since then her research interests have shifted to observational astronomy. She is currently interested in the detection and characterization of planets orbiting other stars.

At Norwich, she has taught General Physics I and II (PS201 and 202), University Physics I and II (PS211 and 212), Solar System and Stellar and Galactic Astronomy (PS107 and 108) as well as upper level electricity and magnetism (PS426 and 428). Outside the classroom, she is an avid hiker, who enjoys trekking along the high ridges of the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. She is also a private pilot and keeps a small single-engine airplane at Knapp State Airport in Berlin.


Ph.D. Wayne State University
B.A. University of Michigan

Courses Taught

PS 108 Stellar and Galactic Astronomy
PS 211 University Physics I
PS 428 Electrodynamics and Optics


The electric flux through a square of a point charge near one corner, Eur. J. Phys. 44 (2023) 065202