The SFSU Exoplanets Group undertakes a variety of research projects
related to the formation, detection, and characterization of
- Detection of Exoplanets: Searches for exoplanets from this group
use radial velocity and photometric data utilizing the microlensing,
transit, and doppler techniques.
- Exoplanet Habitability: This project calculates Habitable Zones
for all the known exoplanet host stars, including confirmed
exoplanets and Kepler candidates. The data and figures are updated
regularly and made available to the community via
the Habitable Zone Gallery.
- The TERMS Project:
Ephemeris Refinement and Monitoring Survey (TERMS) both refines
the orbits and searches for transits of known radial velocity
planets. This is a multi-institutional collaboration which utilises
many telescopes including Keck, Lick 3.0m, HET, and various
- Exoplanetary Phase Variations: This project models planetary phase
variations at multiple wavelengths, particularly those in eccentric
orbits, in order to characterize surface and atmospheric
properties. These techniques are being applied to MOST, Spitzer, and
- Frequency of Ice Giants: The analogs of Uranus and Neptune are
difficult to detect using current exoplanet detection
techniques. This study investigates the detection prospects and
applies the methods to various survey data.