Dr. Geoff Lenters

Dr. Geoff Lenters

Professor of Physics
153 Padnos Hall of Science
Department of Physics
Tel: 616-331-2095
Fax: 616-331-3740
Email: lentersg@gvsu.edu


  • Ph.D. University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL (1999)
  • M.S. University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL (1996)
  • B.S. Calvin College, MI (1993)

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2016  - Present.
  • Associate Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2009  - 2016.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, Grand Valley State University, Aug. 2003  - 2009.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Calvin College 2002 - 2003.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Hope College 2000 - 2002.
  • Post-doc at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, 1999 - 2000.


  • PHY 220/221: General Physics I & II
  • PHY 230/231: Principles of Physics I & II
  • PHY 302: Advanced Lab (Modern Physics)
  • PHY 305: Modern Physics
  • PHY 340: Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHY 350:  Quantum Mechanics
  • Conceptual Physics
  • World After Einstein
  • Astronomy for Teachers
  • Astronomy

Research Interests

I am interested in anything astronomy. My research in the past has been in the area of particle transport in plasma related to solar flares, and X-ray data analysis for a special class of neutrons stars called magnetars. I am currently foraging into the field of radio astronomy with a student here at GVSU. For details please click on the research statement below.

Brief Research Statement

Research with Undergraduate Students

  • Johnathan Goupell – “Extraordinary Bursts from a Soft Gamma Repeater.”
  • Robert Leach – “Magnetar Timing Analysis.”
  • Abram Bos – “A Systematic Catalog of SGR Events from RXTE Data.”
  • Patrick Minor – "Radio astronomy."

Selected Publications

  • J.D. Campbell, A. Bowman, III, G.T. Lenters, and S.K. Remillard, "Collision and diffusion in microwave breakdown of nitrogen gas in and around microgaps," AIP Advances, Vol. 4, no. 1, 017119, (2014).(Collaboration with Hope College)

Professional Service

  • Referee for Astrophysical Journal.
  • Textbook Review.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Astronomical Society.

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