Senate Faculty


Eugene Chiang

Ph.D. Caltech 2000
-Professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science; Vice Chair; Head Undergraduate Advisor

605C Campbell Hall

P:510 701 5996

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Specialty areas

Astrophysics,Planet formation,Planetary Science,Planets,Theoretical and computational astrophysics,Trans-Neptunian objects.

Research Interests

Theoretical astrophysics, with an emphasis on understanding the origin of planetary systems. Protoplanetary disks; extrasolar planets; debris disks, including the Kuiper belt; planetesimal and planet formation.


Eugene Chiang received his undergraduate degree in physics from MIT in 1995, and his PhD in astronomy from Caltech in 2000. He teaches a variety of classes in the Astronomy Department, ranging from introductory astrophysics for undergraduate majors, to fluid mechanics and radiative processes for graduate students, to graduate seminars on galactic and planetary dynamics. The most challenging and rewarding class he teaches is order-of-magnitude physics, in which the class tries to estimate any quantity under the sun to within a factor of 10.




The Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey


Lead:Paul Kalas, James Graham

The Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is a new science instrument that exploits the latest generation of adaptive optics technology, coronagraphy and detectors. We have successfully commissioned GPI at the Gemini South telescope in Chile and in 2014 we started a three year science program called GPIES (GPI Exoplanet Survey) that will survey 600 stars for the presence of young giant planets.  



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