Precision spectroscopy for detection and characterization of nearby Earth analogs

Research Group: 
Astronomy Unit
Length of Study in Years: 
Full-time Project: 
Project Description: 
After 20 years of the discovery of the first planets around other stars, we are now moving from discovery to first attempts of characterization. In particular, nearby stars offer unique opportunities to learn about composition, dynamics and potential habitability of planets beyond the Solar System. Stabilized High Resolution spectrometers are now being designed and built to operate on large telescopes, enabling higher sensitivity towards detection of smaller planets and possible characterization of their atmospheres by detecting subtle effects from mollecules in their atmospheres. In this project the PhD candidate will develop novel data-analysis to be implemented on new generation spectrometers (CARMENES/CaHa, CRIRES+/ESO-VLT) to achieve first attempts of characterization of potentially habitable planets around low mass stars near the Sun.
Required : Intermediate to advanced skills in data analysis and a modern programming language (Java, Python or C++). The student should be willing to participate in observing runs (1-2 weeks long, Spain and/or Chile).
Desirable : Experience in observational astronomy and high resolution spectroscopy. Experience in optical desing.
SPA Academics: 
Guillem Anglada Escude