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.


06/29/2015: Welcome to the new group members Dr. Julian Stürmer and undergrads Katrina Miller, Lily Zhao, and Adam Sutherland!

04/22/2015: Our group has a new paper presenting a detection of water in the atmosphere of WASP-12b and the implications of this detection for the planet's carbon-to-oxygen ratio: Kreidberg et al. (ApJ submitted).

10/15/2014: Jacob has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering.