Exoplanet group

Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (AI ASCR)

Ondřejov, Czech Republic


GROUP MEETING (basement of Stellar department)

GROUP MEETING (basement of Stellar department)

We are a working exoplanetary group at the Astronomical Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Exoplanetary group at Astronomical Institute ASCR is dedicated to radial velocity follow-up of exoplanetary candidates and to detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres. Our main scientific topics are:

Radial velocity follow-up

We are using the 2-m Perek telescope and its OES echelle spectrograph to characterize the host star of the candidate system and to measure RVs. We are following-up planetary candidates from missions K2/Kepler. In 2018, we will start to perform the ground based follow-up for TESS.

Detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres

Our group uses large telescope facilities such as ESO Paranal to detect and characterize exoplanetary atmospheres via. transmission and emission spectroscpy/photometry. We are also involved in investigation of spectral lines profiles and their impact on the atmospheric detection.

Space missions and other projects


Our group is invovled in the scientific part of PLATO space mission. We are planning a ground based RV follow-up facility at La Silla former 1.52‑m telescope. More details here.

International collaborations

We are currently working on the international project DAAD/GACR with dr. Eike Guenther and MSc. Silvia Sabotta. We are also a part of KESPRINT follow-up team.