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Imke de Pater

Professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science; Department Chair


  • 605A Campbell Hall


Specialty Areas

Astronomy, Planetary Science, Adaptive optics, Speckle Imaging, Radio Observations, Jupiter, Saturn, Comets, Sounds of Jupiter

Research Interests

Professor de Pater's research interests include: infrared observations using adaptive optics, speckle imaging, planetary rings, radio observations of Jupiter, Saturn, and comets using VLA & BIMA, sounds from Jupiter (magnetic particle vibrations), and TAOS: her group is involved in the Taiwan American Occultation Survey (TAOS) of Kuiper Belt objects (KBO) in the outer Solar System.


Imke de Pater is a Professor at the University of California in Berkeley. She is well known for her work on Jupiter's synchrotron radiation, for which she received the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal in Aug. 1984. She led a worldwide campaign observing Jupiter's radio emissions during the impact of comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. This work has lead to a detailed investigation of the effects of impacts on the magnetospheric environment of the planet.