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.
Two new papers from our group: arXiv:1406.7567
Our new detector system
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
Undergrad Hannah Diamond-Lowe won the best poster award at the Exoclimes III
conference. See her poster here (14 MB)