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Research Articles

Eatson JW, T Lichtenberg, RJ Parker, TV Gerya. Devolatilization of extrasolar planetesimals by 60Fe and 26Al heating. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2024). pdf

Shorttle O, S Jordan, H Nicholls, T Lichtenberg, DJ Bower. Distinguishing oceans of water from magma on mini-Neptune K2-18b. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 962, L8 (2024). pdf

Schlecker M, D Apai, T Lichtenberg, G Bergsten, A Salvador, KK Hardegree-Ullman. Bioverse: The Habitable Zone Inner Edge Discontinuity as an Imprint of Runaway Greenhouse Climates on Exoplanet Demographics. The Planetary Science Journal 5, 3 (2024). pdfvideo


Patel M, CKM Polius, M Ridsdill-Smith, T Lichtenberg, R Parker. Photoevaporation versus enrichment in the cradle of the Sun. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 525, 2399–2410 (2023). pdf


Meier TG, DJ Bower, T Lichtenberg, M Hammond, PJ Tackley. Interior dynamics of super-Earth 55 Cancri e. Astronomy & Astrophysics (2023). pdf


Piette AAA, P Gao, K Brugman, A Shahar, T Lichtenberg, F Miozzi, P Driscoll. Rocky planet or water world? Observability of low-density lava world atmospheres. The Astrophysical Journal 954, 29 (2023). pdf


Parker RJ, T Lichtenberg, M Patel, CKM Polius, M Ridsdill-Smith. Short-lived radioisotope enrichment in star-forming regions from stellar winds and supernovae. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 521, 4838–4851 (2023). pdf

Janson M, J Patel, SC Ringqvist, C Lu, I Rebollido, T Lichtenberg, A Brandeker, D Angerhausen, L Noack. Imaging of exocomets with infrared interferometry. Astronomy & Astrophysics 671, A114  (2023). pdf

Stammler SM, T Lichtenberg, J Drążkowska, T BirnstielLeaky dust traps: How fragmentation impacts dust filtering by planets. Astronomy & Astrophysics Letters 670, L5(2023). pdf


Bonsor A, T Lichtenberg, J Drążkowska, AM BuchanRapid formation of exoplanetesimals revealed by white dwarfs. Nature Astronomy 7, 39–48 (2023). pdf, article


Graham RJ, T Lichtenberg, RT Pierrehumbert. CO2 ocean bistability on terrestrial exoplanets. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 127, 2022JE007456 (2022). videopdf

Lichtenberg T, MS Clement. Reduced late bombardment on rocky exoplanets around M-dwarfs. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 938, L3 (2022). video, pdf

Curry A, A Bonsor, T Lichtenberg, O Shorttle. Prevalence of short-lived radioactive isotopes across exoplanetary systems inferred from polluted white dwarfs. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 515, 395–406 (2022). pdf

Dannert F et al. (incl. TLLarge Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): II. Signal simulation, signal extraction and fundamental exoplanet parameters from single epoch observations. Astronomy & Astrophysics 664, A22 (2022). pdf

Quanz SP et al. (incl. TLLarge Interferometer For Exoplanets (LIFE): I. Improved exoplanet detection yield estimates for a large mid-infrared space-interferometer mission. Astronomy & Astrophysics 664, A21 (2022). pdf, video, news

Jin Z, M Bose, T Lichtenberg, GD Mulders. New evidence for wet accretion of inner solar system planetesimals from meteorites Chelyabinsk and Benenitra. The Planetary Science Journal 2, 244 (2021). pdf

Tsai S-M, H Innes, T Lichtenberg, J Taylor, M Malik, K Chubb, RT Pierrehumbert. Inferring Shallow Surfaces on sub-Neptune Exoplanets with JWST. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 922, L27 (2021). pdf 

Dorn C, T LichtenbergHidden water in magma ocean exoplanets. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 922, L4 (2021). pdf, video

Graham RJ, T Lichtenberg, R Boukrouche, RT Pierrehumbert. A multispecies pseudoadiabat for simulating condensable-rich exoplanet atmospheres. The Planetary Science Journal 2, 207 (2021). pdf, video

Boukrouche R, T Lichtenberg, RT Pierrehumbert. Beyond runaway: initiation of the post-runaway greenhouse state on rocky exoplanets. The Astrophysical Journal 919, 130 (2021). pdf, video

Lichtenberg TRedox hysteresis of super-Earth exoplanets from magma ocean circulation. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 914, L4 (2021).  pdf, video, blog

Lichtenberg T, S Krijt. System-level fractionation of carbon from disk and planetesimal processing. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 913, L20 (2021). pdf, video, blog

Meier TG, DJ Bower, T Lichtenberg, PJ Tackley, B-O Demory. Hemispheric Tectonics on super-Earth LHS 3844b. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 908, L48 (2021). pdf, video, blog 

Lichtenberg T, DJ Bower, M Hammond, R Boukrouche, P Sanan, S-M Tsai, RT Pierrehumbert. Vertically resolved magma ocean-protoatmosphere evolution: H2, H2O, CO2, CH4, CO, O2, and N2 as primary absorbers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets 126, e2020JE006711 (2021). pdf, video, blog   

Lichtenberg T, J Drążkowska, M Schönbächler, GJ Golabek, TO Hands. Bifurcation of planetary building blocks during Solar System formation. Science 371, 365–370 (2021). pdf, video, blog   

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, R Burn, MR Meyer, Y Alibert, TV Gerya, CA Mordasini. A water budget dichotomy of rocky protoplanets from 26Al-heating. Nature Astronomy 3, 307–313 (2019). pdf, blog 

Lichtenberg T, T Keller, RF Katz, GJ Golabek, TV Gerya. Magma ascent in planetesimals: control by grain size. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 507, 154–165 (2019). pdf, video, blog  

Bonati I, T Lichtenberg, DJ Bower, ML Timpe, SP Quanz. Direct imaging of molten protoplanets in nearby young stellar associations. Astronomy & Astrophysics 621, A125 (2019). pdfblog 

Hunt AC, DL Cook, T Lichtenberg, PM Reger, M Ek, GJ Golabek, M Schönbächler. Late metal–silicate separation on the IAB parent asteroid: Constraints from combined W and Pt isotopes and thermal modelling. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 482, 490-500 (2018). pdf

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, CP Dullemond, M Schönbächler, TV Gerya, MR Meyer. Impact splash chondrule formation during planetesimal recycling. Icarus 302, 27–43 (2018). pdf, blog 

Parker RJ, T Lichtenberg, SP Quanz. Was Planet 9 captured in the Sun's natal star-forming region? Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters 472, L75–L79 (2017). pdf

Lichtenberg T, RJ Parker, MR Meyer. Isotopic enrichment of forming planetary systems from supernova pollution. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 462, 3979–3992 (2016). pdf, video, blog  

Lichtenberg T, GJ Golabek, TV Gerya, MR Meyer. The effects of short-lived radionuclides and porosity on the early thermo-mechanical evolution of planetesimals. Icarus 274, 350–365 (2016). pdf, video, blog  

Lichtenberg T & DRG Schleicher. Modeling gravitational instabilities in self-gravitating protoplanetary disks with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. Astronomy & Astrophysics 579, A32 (2015). pdf, video 



Lichtenberg T, Y Miguel. Super-Earths and Earth-like Exoplanets. Treatise on Geochemistry, 3rd edition (2024). pdf

Suer T-A, C Jackson, DS Grewal, C Dalou, T Lichtenberg. The distribution of volatile elements during rocky planet formation. Frontiers in Earth Science 11:1159412 (2023). pdf

Lichtenberg T, LK Schaefer, M Nakajima, R Fischer. Geophysical Evolution During Rocky Planet Formation. Protostars and Planets VII, ASP Conference Series, Vol. 534, 907 (2023). pdf


White Papers

TRAPPIST-1 JWST Community Initiative (incl. TLA roadmap to the efficient and robust characterization of temperate terrestrial planet atmospheres with JWST. (2023) pdf

Meadows V et al. (incl. TLCommunity Report from the Biosignatures Standards of Evidence Workshop. Workshop Report (2022). pdf


Helled R et al. (incl. TLAriel Planetary Interiors White Paper. Experimental Astronomy 53, 323-356 (2022). pdf


Tinetti G et al. (incl. TLAriel: Enabling planetary science across light-years. ESA Ariel Definition Study Report (2021). pdf

Quanz SP et al. (incl. TLAtmospheric characterization of terrestrial exoplanets in the mid-infared: biosignatures, habitability & diversity. ESA Voyage 2050 White Paper (2019). pdf

Line M et al. (incl. TLThe Importance of Thermal Emission Spectroscopy for Understanding Terrestrial Exoplanets. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 3, 271 (2019). pdf

Lyra W et al. (incl. TLPlanet formation — The case for large efforts on the computational side. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 3, 271 (2019). pdf

Khullar G et al. (incl. TLAstrobites as a Community-led Model for Education, Science Communication, and Accessibility in Astrophysics. Astro2020: Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics, BAAS, 51, 7, 230 (2019). pdf


Marijn SmorenburgVolcanic climate change on hot terrestrial exoplanets. B.Sc. thesis. Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (07/2023).


Lucas PrioletDistinguishing surface features on rocky exoplanets. B.Sc. thesis. Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (07/2023).


Lorenzo CesarioDetecting Cooling Protoplanets with Next-Generation Surveys. B.Sc. thesis. Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (07/2023).


Boyd van der PlaatThe prevalence of steam atmospheres on hot rocky exoplanets. B.Sc. thesis. Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands (07/2023).

Tim LichtenbergThermal Evolution of Forming Planets: Isotope Enrichment, Differentiation & Volatile Retention. ETH Zurich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (05/2018). pdf 

Tim LichtenbergModeling gravitational instabilities in compact and massive protoplanetary disks with adaptive mesh refinement techniques. M.Sc. Physics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2014). pdf

Tim LichtenbergConstraining Exoplanet Characteristics with Asteroseismology. B.Sc. Physics, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany (2012). pdf

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