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. Theoretical work is invaluable for modeling phenomena seen in high energy astrophysics, cosmology, stellar and solar astrophysics, and in planetary atmospheres of solar system and extrasolar planets. In addition, in support of astronomical instrumentation and orbiting telescopes, investigations of atomic and molecular collisions and of spectroscopy are often necessary to maximize the scientific yield of measurements.

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.