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.

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: