Rebecca Forsberg

Rebecca Forsberg

Doctoral student

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I have been a doctoral student at Lund Observatory since the autumn of 2019 and I study the Milky Way and its stars with the help of elements. In my research I use stellar spectroscopy, which allows me to measure the content of elements in stars. I apply this knowledge to two of my main interests, which is to understand how of Galaxy came to be, and if we can tell from simply looking at a star if it hosts a planet.

  • In Galactic archeology, since the stars carry a chemical imprint from the enviornment from which they formed, I use the stars as fossils. This allows me to trace how the Milky Way looks like, how it formed and evolved with time.

  • I also investigate if properties of stars correlate with if the host planets. For example, it has been suggested that cool, small stars, "M-dwarfs", are good candidates for having Earth-like planets within the "habitable zone". I extend this research by investigating if we, by only looking at the elemental content of a star, can tell if it hosts planets or not.

UKÄ subject classification

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology


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