Vivien Parmentier

Fellow & Tutor in Physics; Associate Professor in Particle Physics
Department of Physics

Vivien Parmentier is Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Oxford specializing in the atmospheric properties of extrasolar planets. He is Tutor of Physics at Somerville College.

After completing his PhD at the Observatory of the Cote D’Azur in Nice, France, he held a Sagan post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Arizona, Tucson.

He studies the interactions between irradiation, chemistry, fluid dynamics and cloud formation in the atmosphere of extrasolar planets. He uses observations taken from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to determine the main physical mechanisms shaping the properties of these atmospheres.




  • From thermal dissociation to condensation in the atmospheres of ultra hot Jupiters: WASP-121b in context eprint arXiv:1805.00096
  • Exoplanet Phase Curves: Observations and Theory in Handbook of Exoplanets
  • Transitions in the Cloud Composition of Hot Jupiters The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 828, Issue 1, article id. 22, 20 pp. (2016).

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