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Brett Pearson

(he/him/his)Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy (2007)

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on sabbatical 2023-24

Tome Scientific Building Room 221


Professor Pearson’'s research interests center on using ultrafast laser pulses to measure and control molecular systems, with a particular focus on applications in non-linear microscopy and spectroscopy. The optics lab in the department has an ultrafast laser oscillator and pulse shaper, and students have assisted with both the development of the laser system and the ensuing experiments. In 2019 Professor Pearson co-authored the book "Time-Resolved Spectroscopy: An Experimental Perspective."


  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1997
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2004