Imperial College London

Professor Juliet C Pickering

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Professor of Experimental Physics



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Laboratory Astrophysics: 

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.  

Atmospheric Physics:

In our Atmospheric Physics research, campaigns on board aircraft, from 1000 ft to 10 km up in Earth’s atmosphere, with our unique far infra red radiometer 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.



Gilmore G, Randich S, Worley CC, et al., 2022, The Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey: Motivation, implementation, GIRAFFE data processing, analysis, and final data products star, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol:666, ISSN:0004-6361

Randich S, Gilmore G, Magrini L, et al., 2022, The Gaia-ESO Public Spectroscopic Survey: Implementation, data products, open cluster survey, science, and legacy, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Vol:666, ISSN:0004-6361

Ding M, Pickering JC, 2022, Comment on: "Hyperfine structure measurements of Co I and Co II with Fourier transform spectroscopy" by Fu et al. [JQSRT 2021, 107590], Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer, Vol:288, ISSN:0022-4073

Clear CP, Pickering JC, Nave G, et al., 2022, Wavelengths and energy levels of singly ionized nickel (Ni ii) measured using fourier transform spectroscopy, The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Vol:261, ISSN:0067-0049, Pages:35-35

Weiss Z, Concepcion-Mairey F, Pickering JC, et al., 2021, Emission spectroscopic study of an analytical glow discharge with plane and hollow cathodes: Titanium and iron in argon discharge, Spectrochimica Acta Part B-atomic Spectroscopy, Vol:180, ISSN:0584-8547

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