We study how planets can be detected around other stars and how the properties of those planets can be determined. This is done using data from space missions such as NASA’s TESS and Kepler telescopes and ESA’s CHEOPS mission and from ground-based data in collaboration with international teams. The results are used for studies of the diversity of exoplanets, composition, demographics, system architecture, and the interactions between a host star and its planets. We are also involved in the preparation for the next European exoplanet space mission PLATO.
We also study how planets form in the circumstellar disks during the early evolution of stellar systems and construct theoretical models for planet formation and the evolution of planetary systems and planet-forming disks.
Faculty members involved:
Malcolm Fridlund, Carina Persson, Jonathan Tan
Image of a distorted giant radio galaxy named the “Double Irony” shown in purple overlaid on an optical image. The galaxies inside squares are at the same distance as the Double Irony and part of a galaxy group. Source: Horellou et al. (2018, A&A 620, A19). The radio image is from the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope and the optical image from the Canada France Hawaii Telescope.