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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...

Gaia

The Gaia satellite, launched by ESA in December 2013, is surveying the stars of the Milky Way, 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...

Galaxy formation theory

We study galaxy formation and evolution through hydrodynamic simulations. By connecting models of the largest scales - the whole Universe - with detailed models of star formation we can understand the history and make-up of the Universe. 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...

Planet formation

We study the physics of planet formation in protoplanetary discs. We use computer simulations to understand how dust and pebbles clump together to form planets and the consequences for the solar system and extra-solar planets. Learn more...

Exoplanet dynamics

We use computational models to study the stability, survivability and habitability of extra-solar planetary systems. We are also involved in planning and development of the PLATO and CHEOPS exoplanet space missions. 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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Last updated: 2017 September 18
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