Ben L. Augenbraun

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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Thompson Chemistry Lab


B.A. Williams College (2015)
Ph.D. Harvard University (2022)

Areas of Expertise

I am a molecular spectroscopist, meaning that I use light to study the structure and dynamics of molecules. I am particularly interested in using lasers to probe gas-phase molecules at very high precision. The molecules that my students and I study are model systems for many scientific frontiers, including transition-metal catalysis and quantum information science. These molecules may also be useful as building blocks for quantum computers or as precise sensors for breakdowns in the symmetries of nature. In addition to working with lasers and molecular beams, we perform detailed computational/theoretical modeling to understand molecular structure. If you are a student interested in learning more, please get in touch so we can find a time to talk!