Our academics have contacts with the world-leading VLT array at Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Facilities

The Extrasolar Planets theme has access to a range of local and international facilities.

ALMA

We are using the ALMA telescope array to determine the physical conditions and processes of and explore the impact planet formation has on disc regions.

For our studies on protoplanetary disc structure we employ the latest interferometric facilities at sub-millimetre and infrared wavelengths.

Combining these observational constraints with our expertise in radiative transfer modelling and hydrodynamics, we aim to advance our understanding of planet formation, disc evolution, and on the processes that govern the architecture of exoplanetary systems.

Gemini Observatory

The Gemini Observatory consists of twin optical / infrared telescopes located on two of the best observing sites on the planet. From their locations on mountains in Hawaii and Chile, Gemini Observatory’s telescopes can collectively access the entire sky.

Hubble Space Telescope

We have detected the atmospheres of extrasolar planets using the NASA Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

The HST is one of the largest and most versatile space telescopes in existence, and is well-known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy. It is operated by the Space Telescope Science Institute.

University of Exeter Supercomputer

All numerical simulations involved in theme activity are done on the University of Exeter Supercomputer, which consists of an SGI Altix ICE 8200 with a peak performance of 14.4 TFlop/s.

Very Large Telescope array

The Very Large Telescope (VLT) is the flagship facility for European ground based astronomy. It is the world's most advanced optical instrument, consisting of four unit telescopes and four movable auxiliary telescopes.

The telescopes can work together, in groups of two or three, to form a giant interferometer, the European Southern Observatory Very Large Telescope Interferometer, allowing astronomers to see details up to 25 times finer than with the individual telescopes.