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 building new instruments as part of our push towards identifying other Earth-like planets.


5/17/2022: Congratulations to Megan Mansfield for being awarded the 2021 Ph.D. Prize from Division F ("Planetary Systems and Bioastronomy") of the IAU!

03/07/2022: Welcome to new postdoc Rafael "Rafa" Luque. Rafa is a Margarita Salas Fellow and will continue his work on the detection and characterization of small transiting planets using MAROON-X and JWST.

11/17/2021: There is a nice story out today about two of our upcoming JWST programs focused on the atmospheres of sub-Neptune exoplanets. See it here.