The Galactic Puzzle. Credit: Puzzle by R. Smiljanic (composite of two ESO images, Messier 83 and Deep Look into a Dark Sky).


My name is Rodolfo Smiljanic. I am an associate professor at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, in Warsaw, Poland.

I am an expert on the determination of chemical abundances from high-resolution spectra of late-type stars. My research interests include stellar evolution, Galactic stellar populations, large spectroscopic surveys, stellar nucleosynthesis, and the chemical composition of planet-host stars.

In this website, you can find my CV, descriptions of on-going projects, info about my research team, and news about our work.


The Cassegrain U-Band Efficient Spectrograph (CUBES) is a new near-UV low- (R ~ 6 000) and medium-resolution (R ∼ 20 000) spectrograph being built for the VLT. I am the Polish national co-PI in the consortium (which counts also with partners in Italy, Brazil, Germany, and the UK).

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The Gaia-ESO Survey

Gaia-ESO was an ambitious spectroscopic survey that observed more than 100 000 Galactic stars with the FLAMES multi-fiber spectrograph at the 8-m VLT of ESO. I was co-leader of the working group responsible for the analysis of high-resolution UVES spectra of FGK-type stars.

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Publication list

I am a co-author of 131 publications (96 refereed, published + accepted) which have collected more than 4000 citations (h-index = 36). Pre-prints of most of these publications can be found and freely accessed in the arXiv. My complete publication list can be found in NASA/ADS (with links to the pre-prints).

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