UCLA Planet Formation Group

Hilke E. Schlichting

 
 
 

My research interests lie at the intersection of astrophysics and planetary sciences. In my work I combine exoplanet-research with the study of our Solar System and take advantage of this powerful synergy to develop a comprehensive understanding of planet formation. My group focuses on pioneering new theoretical models, which are motivated and guided by cutting-edge observations and geochemical measurements, with the goal of explaining the origin and diversity of exoplanets and placing the formation of our own Solar System into context. Ultimately, I would like to answer where we come from and why life evolved in the Universe where it did.

 

Research Interests

I am an Associate Professor in Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences and in Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. In addition, I hold a visiting faculty appointment at MIT in EAPS and Physics.




MY CONTACT:

Address:

Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences


University of California, Los Angeles  


595 Charles E. Young Dr. East

Los Angeles


CA 90095-1567


Email: hilke AT ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-5130

Office:  4644 Geology Building






Education:


PhD.: Astrophysics, Caltech 2009

         Advisor: Re’em Sari

BA., M.S.,: Physics, University of  

         Cambridge, 2004


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Last Updated: September 2019

 
Observing with SOFIA

News

Congratulations, Dr. Biersteker!

John successfully defended his PhD at MIT in August 2019. He worked on oblate exoplanets (Biersteker & Schlichtig 2017), the solar system’s nebula magnetic field (Biersteker et al. 2019) and atmospheric loss from giant impacts (Biersteker & Schlichting 2019).




New Video

Emilie Eshbaugh made this video explaining how the observed radius valley in the exoplanet size distribution can be  explained as a by product of planet formation with the core powered mass-loss mechanism (more details can be found in Ginzburg, Schlichting & Sari, 2018, Gupta & Schlichting 2019).