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.

See here for a recent talk summarizing some of the group's research.


09/18/2014: Former undergrad Hannah Diamond-Lowe's paper, which shows that the atmosphere of HD209458b likely does not have a thermal inversion, is now available: arXiv:1409.5336.

09/10/2014: Group member Megan Bedell has written a paper about the acheivable precision for chemical abundance measurements in Solar Twins: arXiv:1409.1230.

And, Paper I from the HARPS Solar Twin Planet Search, which presents the stellar parameters of the sample, is now available: arXiv:1408.4130.

06/29/2014: Two new papers from our group: arXiv:1406.7567 and arXiv:1406.5244