University of Birmingham, UK
Richard Tuckett obtained his PhD in near-infrared spectroscopy from the University of Cambridge in 1979. He first worked in electronic fluorescence spectroscopy of free radicals and molecular cations, often using supersonic beams and non-resonant electron excitation. From the late 1980s, he started using tunable vacuum-ultraviolet photon excitation from a synchrotron as a resonant ionisation source. He also developed an interest in threshold photoelectron spectroscopy and related coincidence techniques, particularly threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence studies. Experiments have been performed with three sources: Daresbury UK, Bessy I Germany, and now the Swiss Light Source. During his career, he has taken sabbatical leave at Stanford University (1993) and ETH Zurich (2006).