Rebecca Forsberg

Doctoral Student

Doctoral student

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology



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.

Recent research outputs

Anna Arnadottir, Rebecca Forsberg, Nicholas Borsato, Josefin Martell, Katrin Ros & Eric Andersson, 2021 Oct 1

Research output: Non-textual formCurated/produced exhibition/event

Nils Ryde, Henrik Jönsson, Gregory Mace, Katia Cunha, Emanuele Spitoni, Melike Afşar, Daniel Jaffe, Rebecca Forsberg, Kyle F. Kaplan, Benjamin T. Kidder, Jae Joon Lee, Heeyoung Oh, Verne V. Smith, Christopher Sneden, Kimberly R. Sokal, Emily Strickland & Brian Thorsbro, 2020 Apr 14, In: Astrophysical Journal. 893, 1, 37.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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