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

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 »


Congratulations, Junellie Gonzalez Quiles!

Junellie Gonzalez Quiles, B.S. of Astronomy and research assistant at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, was awarded by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for her work in Wicks lab. Junellie was one of two students in the geosciences awarded for her undergraduate research and poster presentation at the… Read more »