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Astrophysics Research at Lund Observatory

Atomic astrophysics

Atomic astrophysics integrates atomic physics, astrophysics and plasma physics. Spectroscopic techniques are used to determine the atomic structure of the elements and to investigate astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. Learn more...

Extreme astrophysics

Extreme astrophysics concerns the formation and evolution of black holes, neutron stars and compact binaries. This includes research on supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, active galactic nuclei and gravitational radiation. Learn more...


The Gaia satellite, to be launched by ESA in December 2013, will survey a billion Milky Way stars, with the ultimate goal to trace the origin and evolution of our Galaxy. We are closely involved in the analysis and exploitation of science data from Gaia. Learn more...

How the Milky Way formed

The origin and long-term evolution of stars and stellar systems are two of the great questions in modern astronomy. Our work aims to produce reliable spectroscopic and photometric observations against which models of galaxy formation can be accurately tested. Learn more...

Planetary systems

We study the formation of extra-solar planets in gaseous protoplanetary discs and the stability and survivability of planetary systems. Other interests include the physical conditions required for the evolution of life. Learn more...

Stellar atmospheres

The study of stellar atmospheres is the basis for all stellar spectroscopy. We are specifically interested in the Sun, and in luminous giants. Our research aims at understanding the physical processes underlying stellar spectra. Learn more...

Other research topics

Other topics of research are persued by various staff members, as described on their personal webpages.

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Publisher: Anders Johansen
Last updated: 2013 November 11
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