We strive to better understand how planet-scale observables are fundamentally controlled by the behavior of atoms at extreme conditions. Using X-ray scattering techniques, we probe interactions of nuclei and electrons at high pressures and temperatures. Our work informs the physical properties and dynamic history of the Earth and other planets both within and without our solar system.

A common theme for many of our research projects is atomic mobility. As we push the boundaries of high pressure and fast timescales, kinetics and rate-dependent phenomena control experimental access to properties such as phase stability, phase transformation mechanisms, and defect propagation.

June Wicks

Assistant Professor June Wicks is based in the Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences (Olin Hall) and the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute (Malone Hall), and also holds a joint appointment in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

News & Announcements

Congratulations Tyler Perez!

Tyler Perez, a second-year graduate student of Wicks lab, has been published as first author on “A Synchrotron Mössbauer Spectroscopy Study of a Hydrated Iron-Sulfate at High Pressures.” The paper, Tyler’s first as primary author, is a culmination of his and others’ work on synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy measurements of hydrated iron-sulfate, pressurized to 95 GPa… Read more »


Wicks Lab at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco

June Wicks will be giving a tutorial talk, “Novel Experiments for Understanding the Interior of the Earth, Planets, and Exoplanets” this Wednesday at the AGU conference. June will cover the advantages, challenges, and future prospects of diamond anvil cell, as well as laser shock compression and ramp compression experiments. She will be speaking on the… Read more »