Imperial College London

Professor Juliet C Pickering

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Experimental Physics



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706Huxley BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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  I am an experimental physicist interested in using spectroscopy (the study of light split into its component wavelengths, its spectrum) as a tool in a range of applications.  We carry out experiments in our Spectroscopy Laboratory measuring new accurate spectra of atoms and molecules, and  the resulting  new atomic and molecular data are then used by astronomers around the world to understand stars, Galactic evolution, exoplanet formation, and much more.   Campaigns on board aircraft, from 1000 ft to 10 km up in Earth’s atmosphere, with our unique far infra red instrument (TAFTS) are helping understand the role of water vapour and clouds in the Earth Radiation Balance and climate change.


Short Biography:

I studied Physics at Wadham College (Oxford) and then moved to Imperial College for my PhD which I completed in 1994. Since then I have continued at Imperial College, with brief time away at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and also with the Atomic Physics group at Lund University.  I held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (1998-2002).  I lead the Spectroscopy team in the Physics Department, Space & Atmospheric Physics Group, Imperial College.  I am also currently the Physics Admissions Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions.

Physics Department Admissions Tutor: please email for Admissions related enquiries.

If you are calling regarding Physics Admissions please telephone the Physics Admissions office on: 0207 594 7513 between 9am and 5pm.



Fox S, Mendrok J, Eriksson P, et al., 2019, Airborne validation of radiative transfer modelling of ice clouds at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, Vol:12, ISSN:1867-1381, Pages:1599-1617

Weiss Z, Pickering JC, Hoffmann V, 2018, Obituary Prof. Edward B. M. Steers (1931-2018), Spectrochimica Acta Part B-atomic Spectroscopy, Vol:149, ISSN:0584-8547, Pages:241-242

Belmonte MT, Pickering JC, Clear CP, et al., 2018, The laboratory astrophysics spectroscopy programme at Imperial College London, Galaxies, Vol:6, ISSN:2075-4434

Weiss Z, Steers EBM, Pickering JC, 2018, Transition rate diagrams and excitation of titanium in a glow discharge in argon and neon, Spectrochimica Acta Part B-atomic Spectroscopy, Vol:144, ISSN:0584-8547, Pages:20-28

Lyons JR, Herde H, Stark G, et al., 2018, VUV pressure-broadening in sulfur dioxide, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:210, ISSN:0022-4073, Pages:156-164

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