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.
There is a new postdoc position now available in the group. See the job advertisement.
08/28/2013: Megan and Jacob are co-authors on a new paper about the oldest Solar Twin. See the ESO press release.
07/25/2013: Our custom blocking filter for high-resolution transit spectroscopy with IMACS has arrived. Three nights of observations are planned for the second half of this year.
06/28/2013: Our research on exoplanet atmospheres is discussed in the cover story for the July issue of Scientific American.