Exoplanets and protoplanetary disks group - ESAC Science Faculty
We combine multi-wavelength analysis of star-forming regions to study the dissipation of disks and the transitional disks together with studies of young transiting exoplanets around young stars to link the properties of both samples of objects. We foresee observations with JWST, VLT and ALMA among others to support these investigations, including the use of ESA's 1m Optical Ground Station (OGS) for targetted exoplanet transit searches in young star-forming regions.
The members of the exoplanets and protoplanetary disks group in 2018 are :
- Bruno Merín (Research staff at the ESAC Science Data Centre)
- Ana Heras (Research staff at the Scientific Support Department, at ESTEC, in The Netherlands)
- Nuria Huélamo (Researcher at Centro de Astrobiología CAB, ESAC)
- Héctor Cánovas (ESA Research Fellow in the Gaia Science Operations Centre, ESAC)
Former ESA Research Fellows, Ph.D. students, summer trainees in our group :
- Isabel Rebollido, former ESAC trainee, now Ph.D. student at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
- Catarina Alves de Oliveira, former RF, now calibration scientist at JWST at the STScI, Baltimore, USA.
- Hervé Bouy, former RF, now Researcher at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France.
- Silvia Vicente, former RF, now at the University of Groningen, in Groningen, in the Netherlands.
- Loredana Spezzi, former RF, now at the EUMETSAT, in Frankfurt, Germany.
- Luca Matra, former ESAC trainee, now Ph.D. student at the Institute of Astronomy of the University of Cambridge, UK.
- Álvaro Ribas, former Ph.D. student, now Postdoctoral Fellow at the Boston University (USA) working with Dr. Catherine Espaillat.
- Pablo Riviere-Marichalar, former RF, now NANOCOSMOS postdoc at the Observatorio Astronómico Nacional, in Madrid, Spain.
- Sam Wilkinson, former ESAC science trainee in 2017.
- Ignacio Bustamante Bengoechea, former Ph.D. student at CAB/ESAC, graduated on 22 June 2017 at UAM. Now at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid, Spain.
Other remote usual collaborators include:
- Hervé Bouy, Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Bordeaux, in Bordeaux, France.
- Timo Prusti, RSSD, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
- David Ardila, Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL (Pasadena, CA, USA).
- Ewine F. van Dishoeck, Leiden Observatory, The Netherlands. and MPE, Garching, Germany.
- Neal Evans, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States.
- Lucas Cieza, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile.
- Paul Harvey, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States.
- Fernando Comerón, European Southern Observatory, Santiago de Chile, Chile.
- Benjamín Montesinos, Centro de Astrobiologia (CAB, Spain).
- Carlos Eiroa, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain).
- Jorge Lillo-Box, European Southern Observatory (ESO, Chile).
Some recent publications :
- The (w)hole survey: an unbiased sample study of transitional disks from Spitzer surveys, van der Marel et al. 2016
- Search for light curve modulations among Kepler candidates. Three very low-mass transiting companions Lillo-Box et al. 2016
- Infrared study of transitional disks in Ophiuchus with Herschel, Rebollido et al. 2016
- New member candidates in Upper Scorpius from Gaia DR1, Wilkinson et al. 2018
Contact point: Bruno Merín
Interested in an ESA Research Fellowship in our group? Apply before the 1st of October of 2020 here.