Exoplanets

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, postdocs and students who recently joined the Exoplanets research group! These include:

  • Vivien Parmentier, Associate Professor in Physical Climate Science (AOPP)
  • Sarah Rugheimer, Glasstone Fellow (AOPP)
  • Tim Lichtenberg, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (AOPP)
  • New DPhil students starting in October 2018: Nora Eisner (Astro), Taylor Bell, Ryan Boukrouche, RJ Graham, Neil Lewis, Victor Trees (AOPP)

We are also looking forward to a number of new arrivals in the near future:

  • Maxence Lefevre, Postdoc (AOPP), arriving in November 2018
  • Shami Tsai, Postdoc (AOPP), arriving in December 2018
  • Oscar Barragan, Postdoc (Astro), arriving in January 2019
  • Xianyy Tan, Postdoc (AOPP), arriving in January 2019

Mailing list: to receive announcements about exoplanet-related events in Oxford, as well as a weekly listing of exoplanet-related arXiv preprints, send an empty email to exoplanets-subscribe *at* maillist.ox.ac.uk.

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: