Fabo Feng
Former Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow

Fabo Feng

Research Interests

Exoplanet; celestial dynamics; Bayesian statistics; galactic dynamics; interstellar travel; paleogeology, paleoclimatology, mass extinction; cosmic strings


B.S., Physics, Wuhan University, China (2008)
M.S., Astrophysics, Nanjing University, China (2011)
Ph.D., Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy & Heidelberg University, Germany (2015)

Contact & Links

  • (202)-478-8851
  • ffeng@carnegiescience.edu
  • Earth and Planets Laboratory
    Carnegie Institution for Science
    5241 Broad Branch Road, NW
    Washington, DC 20015-1305
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Website


Goldilocks principle
Four Earth-sized planets around tau Ceti detected by Feng et al., 2017 (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/bib_query?arXiv:1708.02051) with two of them located around the edge of the habitable zone.

Fabo Feng joined the DTM astronomy group in November of 2018. He will work with the team led by Paul Butler to find Earth-like planets around nearby stars using the radial velocity, astrometry and other methods. Based on the discovery of habitable planets around these stars, he aims at identifying a network of habitable planets for interstellar exploration.

Before coming to Carnegie, Fabo was a postdoc working at the University of Hertfordshire (UK). He worked with Hugh Jones on developing algorithms to detect exoplanets. He developed the Agatha software to disentangle periodic signals from correlated noise. This software has been used to find Earth-like planets around HD 207947, Tau Ceti and other stars.

Fabo got his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Heidelberg, Germany). His PhD research was focused on investigation of the influence of astronomical phenomena on the Earth. He also studied the impact of stellar encounters on the evolution of the Oort cloud and the orbital variation of long period comets.