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.


08/11/2017: Our group is involved in the FINESSE and CASE/ARIEL missions, both of which have been advanced for further study by NASA. See the press release here.

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.