The Astronomy and Astrophysics at DTM concentrates on discovering and understanding extrasolar planets, through pioneering detection studies, observations of their birthplaces, modeling of their formation, and considering the implications for the origin of our own planetary system.
The astrophysics staff and fellows have a diverse range of interests beyond exoplanets, including the search for small bodies in the outer solar system and theoretical models of star formation.
Our Carnegie Fellows are an integral part of the DTM astronomy group and do independent research on the origin and evolution of stars, planets, and life. Our fellows have access to a wide range of facilities. Carnegie operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, including the twin 6.5-m Magellan telescopes. Theoretical calculations are performed on the Carnegie Clusters of Intel processors.
Alan P. Boss - Theoretical astrophysics; stellar and planetary system formation; extrasolar planets formation and detection
R. Paul Butler - Observational astrophysics; stellar spectroscopy; precision Doppler instrumentation; extrasolar planets; Sun-like stars; supergiants and Cepheid variable stars
John E. Chambers - Planetary formation theory; planetary dynamics; extrasolar planets
Scott S. Sheppard - Small bodies in the solar system including comets, asteroids, satellites, moons, Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud objects; star, planet and solar system formation; brown dwarfs.
Alycia J. Weinberger - Observational astrophysics; planet formation and circumstellar disks; star formation; high angular resolution imaging