James F. Babb



I am a staff scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, a member of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Inside the CfA, I am a member of the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division.

Atomic and molecular physics is widely applied in astrophysics. Measurements and calculations aid in the explanation of astronomical observations, especially when they hinge upon spectroscopy and photometry. In addition, theoretical work is valuable for predicting and modeling phenomena seen in the interstellar medium, high energy astrophysics, cosmology, stellar and solar astrophysics, and in planetary atmospheres of solar system and extrasolar planets. In addition, in support of ground-based and space-based astronomical instrumentation, atomic and molecular collisional and spectroscopic information is often needed to maximize the scientific yield of observational efforts.

Prior to joining the Center for Astrophysics, I was awarded a Ph.D. from New York University, working with Larry Spruch, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics.