The University of Arizona

Research

Research at the CfAB covers a broad range of topics, from interstellar chemistry through planet formation and studies of exoplanets to molecular and evolutionary biology.
 
The Formation of Habitable Planets
Studies on the interface of astronomy, geosciences and planetary sciences aim to identify the key steps leading to the formation of habitable planets, including Earth.
Apai, EisnerHalfen, Kim, Lauretta, Pascucci, Schneider, Swindle, Woolf, Zega, Ziurys.
 
Exoplanet Search and Characterization
Our exoplanet and planetary science projects aim to explore the frequency and properties of the planet population around other stars. We are developing and using high-contrast imaging techniques to discover and study new giant exoplanets, use exoplanetary transits for detailed atmospheric composition studies.
Apai, BallesterCloseHinzImanaka, RauscherSchneiderShowmanWoolf
 
Planets in the Solar System
We carry out remote sensing studies of Solar System planets and satellites, including Mars, Saturn, and Titan. Our staff employs detailed physical-chemical models to interpret the observations.
BakerGreenberg, Griffith, LaurettaMalhotra, Matsuyama, McEwenRussellShowman, SmithYelle
 
Astrobiology Education and Outreach
We carry out remote sensing studies of Solar System planets and satellites, including Mars, Saturn, and Titan. Our staff employs detailed physical-chemical models to interpret the observations.
Impey, Prather
 
Major Research Facilities and Labs
Arizona Radio ObservatoryLarge Binocular Telescope, Magellan TelescopesMultiple Mirror Telescope