This research group focuses on the modelling, detection and characterisation of planets around other stars than the Sun, i.e. exoplanets. This is one of the youngest, but also the most rapidly growing areas in Astrophysics. Exoplanet science forms is a central motivation for many of the major astronomical facilities of the next decade, from the largest ever ground-based telescopes to ground-braking satellites.
There are three main strands of exoplanet-related research at Oxford, spanning theory, modelling, observations and instrumentation:
- Formation and dynamics of planetary systems
- Detection of exoplanets
- Observation and modelling of exoplanet atmospheres
See here for a list of exoplanet-related DPhil projects available to start in October 2014