James Jenkins

I am PI of a long term effort to discover and characterise benchmark extrasolar planets (aka. exoplanets) in the southern hemisphere. The main goal is to detect short period transiting planets around bright stars where follow-up ground and space-based analysis can lead to further breakthroughs into the physics of exoplanetary atmospheres. In addition, we also aim to study and detect the lowest mass planets, down into the Earth-mass regime. We employ the radial-velocity technique to detect such systems, utilising instruments such as the HARPS spectrograph. HARPS is shown to be stable down to around 80cm/s in the long term on real stars and we aim to make use of such precision to detect planets down into the low mass rocky regime.


  • Doctorado en Astrofísica, Universidad de Hertfordshire, Reino Unido(2007)
  • Bachillerato en Ciencias Astrofísica (Programa Conjunto), Universidad de Liverpool y John Moores University, Reino Unido (2003)
  • Premios
  • Membresías
  • TTL Prize in Astrophysics in 2002 (UK)
  • Becario Fondecyt (2010)
Departamento de Astronomía
Univesidad de Chile

Instituto de Astrofísica
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Departamento de Astronomía
Universidad de Concepción
Todos los derechos reservados - CATA 2011