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In 1995, the seminal discovery of the first giant planet outside of the solar system sparked a real revolution in astronomy. The completely unexpected characteristics of this first planet captured the imagination and interest of the scientific community and the general public alike. There are now several thousands of exoplanets known. We have learned that they are quite commonly found in the Universes, but that their characteristics are much more diverse than originally predicted: some are significantly larger than our Solar System’s Jupiter, while others are smaller than the Earth. Our team is conducting coherent effort towards the detection and characterisation of exoplanets with the goal of advancing our understanding of their formation, their structure, and eventually their habitability. It includes the development of new instrumentation, and observation programs with various ground- and space-based facilities.

We are part of the Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre.   


  • 8 Oct 2019 -- Congrats to Didier Queloz for jointly being awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for "the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star"!
  • Oct 2019 -- We are delighted to welcome Florian Lienhard (PhD) and Amy Tuson (PhD)
  • Oct 2019 -- congrats to Eva-Maria for her succesfull MPhil Viva
  • Oct 2018 -- We are delighted to welcome Annelies Mortier (Kavli Fellow) , Peter Pederson (PhD Sensor CDT), Gareth Smith (PhD), Eva-Maria Ahrer (MPhil 2018-2019)
  • 25.04.2016 -- The exoplanet meeting schedule for the Easter 2016 term is now online.
  • 1.10.2015 -- We are delighted to welcome Ed Gillen and Richard Hall in our group!

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Nobel Prize in Physics for Didier Queloz

Oct 08, 2019

Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Prof Didier Queloz from Cavendish Astrophysics

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