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Magnus Gustafsson
Magnus Gustafsson

Magnus Gustafsson

Luleå University of Technology
Applied Physics
Materials Science
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
+46 (0)920 491983
E158 Luleå


Theoretical atomic molecular and optical physics.  Quantum and classical descriptions of molecular collisions and interactions with electromagnetic radiation.  Focus on astro-applications: molecule formation in the interstellar medium and radiation transfer in planetary and stellar atmospheres.


PhD student:  Wissam FakhardjiClassical molecular dynamics simulations of collision-induced absorption: method development and evaluation, September 2015 - February 2021

Master students:

  • Jonatan Öström, Radiative association of CF+, 2014-2015, thesis
  • Johan Carlstedt, H2-He collision-induced absorption, 2019

On my research before starting at LTU



Publicationscomments and minor corrections

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My teaching is centered around student involvement.  My tools: interactive methods, concept tests with clickers and peer-instruction, complemented with a combination of traditional class room demonstrations and computer simulations.

More about my teaching


I have been involved in the organization of LTU's Graduate School of Space Technology. (2015-2019) and head of the division Materials Science (2022-).



Article, review/survey

Collision-induced absorption in Ar-Xe: a comparative study of empirical and ab initio interaction potentials and electric dipole moments (2022)

Gustafsson. M, El-Kader. M
Part of: Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer
Article in journal

Formation of NaCl by radiative association in interstellar environments (2022)

Šimsová-Zámečníková. M, Soldán. P, Gustafsson. M
Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 664
Article in journal

Direct method for MD simulations of collision-induced absorption (2021)

application to an Ar–Xe gas mixture
Fakhardji. W, Szabó. P, Gustafsson. M
Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, Vol. 276
Article in journal

Formation of the BeH+ and BeD+ Molecules in Be+ + H/D Collisions Through Radiative Association (2021)

Szabo. P, Góger. S, Gustafsson. M
Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, Vol. 8
Article in journal

Formation of CO+ by radiative association II (2020)

Zámečníková. M, Gustafsson. M, Nyman. G, Soldán. P
Monthly notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol. 492, nr. 3, s. 3794-3802