Research interests

Research interests

The Astrophysics Group in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Exeter is one of the largest groups in the UK studying the formation and evolution of stars and extra-solar planets, using a wide variety of observational facilities, theoretical methods and numerical tools.

Star and planet formation

How stars and planets form is one of the most fundamental problems in modern astronomy.
Professor Matthew Bate, Dr Chris Brunt, Professor Gilles Chabrier, Professor Tim Harries, Dr Jenny Hatchell, Professor Tim Naylor, Professor Stefan Kraus, Dr Sean Matt, Dr Sasha Hinkley, Dr Pablo Loren-Aguilar


Planets outside our Solar System can help us answer questions about our Earth and the origin of life.
Professor Isabelle Baraffe, Professor Matthew Bate, Professor David Sing, Dr Sasha Hinkley, Professor Matthew Browning, Dr Nathan Mayne, Professor Stefan Kraus, Dr Eric Hébrard, Professor Tim Naylor

Stellar physics

What happens inside a star? We study the physical and evolutionary properties of stars of various masses.
Professor Matthew Bate, Professor Isabelle Baraffe, Professor Matthew Browning, Professor Gilles Chabrier, Dr Sean Matt, Dr Pablo Loren-Aguilar

Galaxies and the interstellar medium

Understanding the dynamics of galaxies, and the properties of the interstellar medium, is fundamental to explaining how galaxies such as ours evolve and form stars.
Dr Clare Dobbs, Dr Chris Brunt