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 8-m VLT and expected to be installed in 2027. 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 Wide-field Spectroscopic Telescope (WST) will be a 10-m class facility for multi-object spectroscopy. It will have a large field-of-view (5 deg2) and high multiplex (>20 000), with both medium and high resolution modes and a large integral field unit. I am part of the steering committee and co-leader of the Galactic science working group.

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Publication list

I am a co-author of 142 publications (101 refereed, published + accepted) which have collected more than 4400 citations (h-index = 37). 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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