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.


09/28/2016: The core spectrograph for MAROON-X saw first light this month in the lab at Kiwistar Optics in New Zealand. The spectrograph will be shipped to our lab at U. Chicago later this year after the final alignment and integration are completed.

09/28/2016: Welcome to new group members Emily Gilbert (Astro grad student), Megan Mansfield (Geosci grad student), and Ben Montet (Sagan Fellow)!

07/29/2016: A stabilized Fabry-Perot etalon for calibration of radial velocity spectrometers at the cm/s level: Stürmer et al. (ApJ submitted).