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.

New arrivals: We are very excited to welcome some new faculty members, posdtocs and students over the coming year! These include:

  • Vivien Parmentier who will take up an Associate Professorship in Physical Climate Science from October 2018
  • Graham Lee who will join AOPP as a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Ray Pierrehumbert from September 2017
  • New DPhil students Juan Alday Parejo, Jake Taylor and Norbert Zicher starting in October 2017

There are three main strands of exoplanet-related research at Oxford, spanning theory, modelling, observations and instrumentation:

The questions raised by the new era of exoplanet discovery engages many of the same processes regarding planetary materials and interactions between planetary interiors and atmospheres that have long been studied in connection with the Earth and other Solar System planets. The exoplanet group in Physics collaborates on such problems with a number of researchers in the Department of Earth Sciences , including: