Members of the Exoplanet Discovery Group (3262) work on a range of research topics, which include:
- Technology development for exoplanet discovery and characterization
- Studies of the physical and chemical processes in the spinning clouds of gas and dust where these stars are born, and
- Characterization of exoplanet atmospheres.
Key science questions our group is focused to addressing include:
- What kinds of exoplanets exist?
- What are the important factors that determine the state of exoplanet atmospheres?
- What can disks around young stars reveal about the formation of exoplanets?
Exoplanet Discovery and Science: Missions and Projects
The scientific expertise and research activity of the group members include:
- Astrophysical observations of stars, circumstellar and interstellar matter in the optical, near-infrared, microwave, and radio wavelength ranges, using space- and ground-based telescopes
- Theoretical studies of astrophysical processes, e.g. the evolution of planet-forming disks, and the interaction of stellar jets with circumstellar matter
- Development of new technology for high-contrast imaging using Coronagraphy and nulling interferometry to enable the direct detection of extra-solar planets.
People in this Group