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.


04/21/2014:Our new detector system for LDSS-3 achieved first light on the telescope in March.

The image on the right shows the "Pillars of Creation" in the Eagle Nebula (click for the full-size version). This false color image has Sloan g' as blue, Sloan r' as green, and Sloan z' as red.

An image of the Sombrero Galaxy can be seen here.
02/14/2014: Undergrad Hannah Diamond-Lowe won the best poster award at the Exoclimes III conference. See her poster here (14 MB).

01/23/2014: Our new detector system for LDSS-3 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.