People

Meet the Team

Current Members

Lars A. Buchhave
Professor

Characterizing exoplanets with emphasis on terrestrial planets, super-Earths, and sub-Neptunes

“My main research interests encompass discovery, validation, and precise mass measurements of transiting and non-transiting planets to understand their composition and structure and observation and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres. Additionally, I am interested in host star metallicities and how these affect planet formation.”

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João M. Mendonça
Senior Scientist

General theory of planetary atmospheres & planetary modeler

“My research focuses mainly on the development of models to understand planetary climates and atmospheric circulations, to search and characterize Earth-like exoplanets and look for signs of life on habitable worlds.”

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René Tronsgaard Rasmussen
PhD Student

“I’m interested in precise mass measurements of small transiting planets, in order to determine planet compositions and provide solid input parameters for atmosphere models. In collaboration with Andreea, I coordinate our TESS follow-up program with FIES at the Nordic Optical Telescope.”

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Andreea-Ioana Henriksen
PhD Student

“My work focuses on measuring the masses of transiting exoplanets with the radial velocity method. Besides helping on coordinating our TESS follow-up program, I am also involved in wavelength calibrating FIES with the new Fabry-Pérot interferometer that was installed at the Nordic Optical Telescope.”

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Alexander Dybdahl Rathcke
PhD Student

“My research is highly motivated by the unparalleled opportunities that exoplanetary atmospheres provides in the endeavor to answer fundamental questions about planetary formation, evolution, and habitability. I embrace new ideas and focus mainly on characterizing these atmospheres with the application and development of state-of-the-art techniques.”

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Aaron Bello Arufe
PhD Student

“There is a lot to be learned about the atmospheres of extrasolar planets, especially of those similar in size to Earth. In light of this, I work on obtaining and analyzing high resolution spectroscopic data from ground based observatories and combining it with cross-correlation techniques to probe into the skies of other worlds.”

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