Members

Simon Casassus

(associate researcher – PI, UCh)


Observations of protoplanetary disks through: high-resolution AO imaging, interferometry, planet searches, spectral deconvolution. Radio emission mechanisms.

Lucas Cieza

(associate researcher – deputy PI, UDP)


Properties and evolution of protoplanetary disks (from early stages to their dissipation). Transition objects and young debris disks. Direct detection of extrasolar planets.

Jorge Cuadra

(associate researcher, PUC)


Numerical simulations of discs around stars, planets and black holes.

Matthias Schreiber

(associate researcher, UV)


Disk evolution, transition disks, photoevaporation, direct detection of planets, circumbinary planets, planets around evolved stars.

Henning Avenhaus

(young scientist, UCh)


High-contrast imaging, particularly polarimetric differential imaging (PDI), planets and planet-disk interactions.

Gesa H.-M. Bertrang

(young scientist, UCh and UDP)


Formation of low-mass stars and planets, especially with respect to the role of magnetic fields. Observations of polarized radiation in the optical, near-IR, and (sub-)mm

Héctor Canovas

(young scientist, UV)


Protoplanetary and transition disks, planet formation and disk evolution in different environments: 1) Disks around Herbig Ae/Be stars VS disks around TT stars. 2) Disks around binaries VS disks around single stars 3) Dust inside disk’s gaps VS dust in the outer disk. Technical interests: ALMA, Imaging Polarimetry (Optical and NIR), High Contrast Imaging.

Claudio Cáceres

(young scientist, UV)


Modeling of ALMA and VLT/SAM observations, accretion rates from X-shooter surveys and a transition disk radial velocity survey to test for close stellar companions.

Mark Booth

(young scientist, PUC)


Collisional and dynamical evolution of debris discs, modelling debris disc observations, debris disc statistics, dynamics of planetary systems, small bodies in the Solar System, astrobiology.

Virginie Faramaz

(young scientist, PUC)


Exoplanetary systems dynamics, debris disks modelling, planets-debris disks interactions and planetary migration, N-body simulations.

Matías Montesinos

(young scientist, UCh)


Numerical hydrodynamic simulations of protoplanetary disks, Particular interest in the study of planet-disk interactions and the (potential) observability of such systems, for instance using ALMA.

Sebastián Perez

(young scientist, UCh)


Planet-disk interactions and 3D hydrodynamic simulations of circumplanetary disks, ALMA observations of disks and accretion physics.

David Principe

(young scientist, UDP)


Multiwavelength observations of young stars and their circumstellar disks with an emphasis on X-ray emission. Variability associated with star-disk interactions. Coronal emission, magnetospheric accretion, disk heating and photoevaporation.

Pablo Román

(young scientist)


Gerrit van der Plas

(young scientist, UCh)


Research on protoplanetary disks around Herbig Ae/Be (HAEBE) stars and Brown Dwarfs (BDs) using observations of dust and different gas emission lines that each trace a different physical (temperature, pressure, radiation field) regime. HAEBE stars are the more massive (1.5 – 8 solar mass) siblings of the solar type TTauri pre-main-sequence stars, BDs in contrast weigh far less than TTauri stars: they occupy the mass range between the lightest stars and the heaviest gas giants.

Nicole Spillane

(CMM young scientist, UCh)


Domain decomposition and parallelization in 3D hydrodynamical codes.

Amelia Bayo

(adjunct researcher, UV)


Formation of very low mass stars and brown dwarfs, disk evolution and its dependence on the mass of the central object and its multiplicity. In general big data problems and the virtual observatory and astrostatistics (PI of VOSA, http://svo2.cab.inta-csic.es/svo/theory/vosa/index.php).

Bill Dent

(adjunct researcher, ALMA)


Protostellar disks, debris disks, planet formation, protostellar outflows, Galactic Centre, line & continuum radiative transfer models.

Andrés Jordan

(adjunct researcher, PUC)


Characterization and discovery of transiting exoplanets; protoplanetary and debris disks; elliptical galaxies and their stellar clusters.

Víctor Moral

(software engineer, UCh)


Valentin Christiaens

(ICM PhD student, UCh)


Working with Simon Casassus and Olivier Absil (U. Liège, Belgium) in joint-supervision on transition disks and exo-zodis, with ALMA and Near-IR instruments. Modeling and interpretation of spiral arms. Direct detection and spectral characterization of low-mass/planetary companions.

Adam Hardy

(ICM PhD student, UV)


Multiwavelength observations of the late stages of protoplanetary disks, and disks around evolved binaries.

Sebastián Marino

(MSc student, UCh)


Working with Simon Casassus on protoplanetary disks.

Ricardo Ramírez

(MSc student, UCh)


Working with Simon Casassus and Catherine Dougados.

Alice Zurlo

phD in astrophysics, from the Universities of Aix-Marseille and Padua.


My field is the exoplanetary and protoplanetary disk science. I study exoplanets using the technique of the direct imaging, which is the one that separe the light from the planet from the light of the central star using a coronagraph and the adaptive optics. I’m part of the SPHERE consortium, and I’m directly involved in the GTO. I’m recently involved in the protoplanetary disks study, using ALMA and SPHERE data.

Ricardo Ramirez


Matías Gárate

(MSc student, PUC)


Working with Jorge Cuadra in numerical simulations of protoplanetary disks.