Introduction

The detection and characterization of exoplanets, i.e planets beyond our solar system, is one of the most active topics of modern astrophysics as well as a very interesting topic for the public. The lines of action to find and characterize habitable planets were discussed by committees of experts on exoplanet research in Europe and the United States (Blue Dots, Exoplanet Task Force, Exoplanet Community Report). In particular, Blue Dots establish the following lines of research: 1) What is the fraction of planets, particularly the smallest ones, around stars of different spectral types?; 2) What is the structure of the planetary systems (including dusty disks) and the fraction of planets?; 3) What is the nature of planetary atmospheres and surfaces?; 4) What is its internal structure?; 5) What is there in the circumstellar regions (moons, rings, ...)?; and 6) What is the habitability criteria?

Areas of Research: A research group at INAOE has been created to work on the project CB-2012-183007. The lines of research of the group are the following:
1) Study of light curves and radial velocity curves;
2) Characterization of host stars; and
3) Development of tools for both studies.

The project Basic Science CB-2012-183007 of CONACYT.

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