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.
05/30/2013: Our group has been awarded 158 orbits of Hubble Space Telescope time for exoplanet observations. See GO-13467 (Bean PI), and GO-13338 (Stevenson PI).
05/07/2013: Postdoc Kevin Stevenson (with group members Bean, Seifahrt, and Kreidberg) submitted a paper with transmission spectroscopy measurements of WASP-12b to ApJ.
04/01/2013: Graduate students Laura Kreidberg and Megan Bedell have been awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.