Imperial College London

Dr Jonathan R. Pritchard

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Astrophysics



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My academic journey began with an undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge.  I then moved out west to study for a PhD in the Theoretical Astrophysics group at the California Institute of Technology.  From there I migrated east as a Hubble Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.  In 2011, I joined the Physics department at Imperial College London as a lecturer in Astrostatistics.  My research addresses the first billion years after the big bang, focussing on the period when the first generations of stars and galaxies formed.  I'm particularly interested in the possibility of using new radio frequency observations with telescopes like LOFAR and the Square Kilometer Array to learn about this period.



Cumner J, Acedo EDL, de Villiers DIL, et al., 2022, Radio Antenna Design for Sky-Averaged 21cm Cosmology Experiments: The REACH Case, Journal of Astronomical Instrumentation, Vol:11, ISSN:2251-1717

Gorce A, Hutter A, Pritchard JR, 2021, Using the sample variance of 21cm maps as a tracer of the ionisation topology, Astronomy and Astrophysics: a European Journal, ISSN:0004-6361

Koopmans LVE, Barkana R, Bentum M, et al., 2021, Peering into the dark (ages) with low-frequency space interferometers Using the 21-cm signal of neutral hydrogen from the infant universe to probe fundamental (Astro)physics, Experimental Astronomy, Vol:51, ISSN:0922-6435, Pages:1641-1676

Kamran M, Ghara R, Majumdar S, et al., 2021, Redshifted 21-cm bispectrum – II. Impact of the spin temperature fluctuations and redshift space distortions on the signal from the Cosmic Dawn, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:502, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:3800-3813

Hothi I, Chapman E, Pritchard JR, et al., 2021, Comparing foreground removal techniques for recovery of the LOFAR-EoR 21 cm power spectrum, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:500, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:2264-2277

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