Research at Lund Observatory is
centred on the study of exoplanets, on stars and stellar systems with emphasis
on the Milky Way, on laboratory measurements of atomic data,
and on the design of next-generation astronomical telescopes.
The research interests of the
individuals and groups at Lund Observatory are briefly
described in the following, and links are given to pages
providing more comprehensive information.
Observational and Theoretical Astrophysics:
Observational and theoretical research is done on stellar populations in our Galaxy and Local Group galaxies, the astrophysics of stellar clusters, stellar atmospheres, and the formation and dynamical stability of extra-solar planetary systems. Applied observational and mathematical techniques include photometry, spectroscopy, astrometry, optimisation of measurement and analysis stategies, and numerical simulation of physical processes.
The atomic astrophysics group
performs accurate laboratory measurements of atomic data, e.g.
energy levels, transition probabilities, and hyperfine
structure constants. Atomic data are applied to the
interpretation of stellar spectra. Further research efforts
target low temperature plasmas with technical applications to
Lund Observatory collaborates with several other institutes
within different fields. For instance,
some atomic physics projects are carried out together
with the Lund Laser
and Instruments (Lund Telescope Group):
Lund Telescope Group performs studies related to future extremely large astronomical telescopes. Current focus is on integrated modeling and simulation, adaptive optics, and large deformable mirrors. In addition, The group is developing small robotic telescopes for observations of the Moon to determine parameters for climate models of the Earth. Also, the group is involved in a collaboration for establishment of adaptive optics for human eye diagnosis.