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Hilke Schlichting

Visiting Associate Professor
Secondary Appointment - Physics

Hilke Schlichting's research spans all aspects of planet formation theory, extrasolar planets and solar system dynamics. She is very interested in extrasolar planets, because their diversity exemplifies the range of possible outcomes of planet formation. Her research combines observations from our solar system, which is the only place where we can examine the outcome of planet formation in detail, with the new wealth of data from extrasolar planets to shed light onto the process of planet formation and subsequent dynamical evolution. Schlichting joined the MIT faculty in 2014.


Ginzburg, S., Schlichting, H. E., & Sari, R. E. (2016), Super-Earth Atmospheres: Self-Consistent Gas Accretion and Retention. The Astrophysical Journal, 825(1), 29, doi: 10.3847/0004-637X/825/1/29

Harding, L.K., Hallinan, G., Milburn, J., Gardner, P., Konidaris, N., Singh, N., Shao, M., Sandhu, J., Kyne, G. and Schlichting, H.E. (2016), CHIMERA: a wide-field, multi-colour, high-speed photometer at the prime focus of the Hale telescope. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 457(3), 3036-3049, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stw094

Inamdar, N. K., & Schlichting, H. E. (2016), Stealing the gas: Giant impacts and the large diversity in exoplanet densities. The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 817(2), L13, doi: 10.3847/2041-8205/817/2/L13

Heising, M. Z. and Marcy, G. W. and Schlichting, H. E. (2015) A SEARCH FOR RINGED EXOPLANETS USING KEPLER PHOTOMETRY Astrophysical Journal, vol. 814, no. 1, doi: 10.1088/0004-637x/814/1/81

Inamdar, N. K. and Schlichting, H. E. (2015) The formation of super-Earths and mini-Neptunes with giant impacts Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 448, no. 2, pp. 1751-1760, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stv030

Schlichting, H. E. and Sari, R. and Yalinewich, A. (2015) Atmospheric mass loss during planet formation: The importance of planetesimal impacts Icarus, vol. 247, pp. 81-94, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2014.09.053

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Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2015) | Asteroid (9522) Schlichting (2014) | Elected Member of Elisabeth-Schiemann-Kolleg, Max Planck Society (2014) | Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Accomplishments in Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Los Angeles (2012) | Hubble Fellowship (2010) | Reed Fellowship, Catech (2004) | Fellow of the Cambridge European Society, UK (2004)

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Ph.D., Astrophysics, Caltech, 2009
M.S., Physics, University of Cambridge, UK, 2004
B.A., Physics, University of Cambridge, UK, 2004

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