The SFSU Exoplanets Group undertakes a variety of research projects related to the formation, detection, and characterization of exoplanets.

  • 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: The Transit 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 photometric installations.
  • 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 Kepler data.
  • 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.