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.


07/07/2017: Congratulations to Dr. Megan Bedell for successfully defending her PhD thesis (titled "Illuminating the Origins of Planets with Solar Twins") today!

06/13/2017: Congratulations to former student Laura Kreidberg for winning the PhD Prize from the IAU! See the IAU press release.

06/13/2017: With Dorian Abbot and Eliza Kempton we have proposed a statistical comparative planetology approach to the search for habitable planets and life. See the paper (ApJ Letters) and the U. Chicago press release.