This is the website for Prof. Jacob Bean's group in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago. The main theme of the group's research is the observational study of planets outside the Solar System ("exoplanets"). We use ground- and space-based telescopes to detect and characterize these worlds. We are also engaged in building new instruments as part of our push towards eventually identifying other Earth-like planets.
Undergrad Hannah Diamond-Lowe won the best poster award at the Exoclimes III
conference. See her poster here (14 MB)
Our new detector system
has left the lab.
After a brief stop in Pasadena, the system will be shipped on to Chile. Commissioning on the telescope is scheduled for late March.
Congratulations to Kevin Stevenson
for being awarded a Sagan Fellowship!
A cloudy atmosphere for GJ1214b, a Nature paper by Laura Kreidberg
See a video about the result here
Link to the paper
News and Views
by Julianne Moses.