Kerry K. Kuehn



About Me


I am a Professor in the Department of Physics at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, where I have lived for the past 15 years. I enjoy cycling around the city and the surrounding countryside. Recently, my family and I took a wonderful road trip through Quebec and New Brunswick to observe tidal phenomena at the Bay of Fundy.

I moved to Milwaukee from Santa Barbara, where I completed my graduate studies at the University of California. My dissertation focused on heat transport in liquid helium near the superfluid-transition temperature; preprints of some of my dissertation work can be found here and here.

My laboratory work at Wisconsin Lutheran College is devoted primarily to the physics of fluids. Recently, I published experimental work on acoustic imaging of Rayleigh-Benard convection, the dynamics of vortex rings, and a computational analysis of tidal instabilities on multi-moon planets. I am currently working toward developing an apparatus to study the fluid dynamics of thin soap films, and am seeking students who are interested in working on this project. Other ongoing student projects include astrophotography and text-processing using the google N-gram databases. Please contact me if you are a student and are looking to get involved!

In addition to my laboratory research, I recently wrote a four-volume book entitled A Student's Guide through the Great Physics Texts. This part-textbook-part-anthology, published as part of Springer's Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics series, provides students and interested lay-readers with an introduction to physics based on the reading and analysis of some of the great texts of physics and astronomy.

For detailed information on my various projects and activities, please explore the links on this website.