Prof Jim Emerson

Prof Jim Emerson

Emeritus Professor of Astrophysics
School of Physics and Astronomy
Queen Mary, University of London
327 Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

Telephone: 020 7882 7025
Room: G O Jones 231
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My research interests

  • Survey Astronomy: I was Principal Investigator for the construction of the £36m VISTA the 'Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy' a 4m wide field survey telescope in Chile with infrared (ZYJHKs) field of view of 1.5 sq deg with 0.34 arc sec pixels, and work on results from its surveys.
  • Star Formation
  • Star clusters
  • Galactic Structure
  • Magellanic Clouds
  • Dust grains
  • My observational experience mainly in the InfraRed

My teaching

Programme Director: MSc Astrophysics, and Certiifcate in Astronomy and Astorphysics

AST741P Research Methods in Astrophysics

AST740P Electromagnetic Radiation in Astrophysics

ASTM024P Project/Dissertations

My Grants


  • STFC     £1,600k Astronomy Unit Consolidated grant
  • STFC     £   381k Doctoral training grant 2008
  • STFC      £    18k VISTA Exploitation
  • EC FP-7 £    66k Enabling Virtual Access to Latin-American Southern Observatories (EVALSO)


to be added

My talks

pdfs of recent talks will apear here 

My publications

see ADS and enter Emerson, J. - ignore the results on quantum topics from Joseph Emerson