Kasper Elm Heintz

Post-doctoral researcher

I am a post-doctoral researcher affiliated with the Cosmic Dawn Center and the University of Iceland, specialized in observational extragalactic astronomy. I received my PhD from the University of Iceland in 2019, with my thesis project mainly focusing on using gamma-ray bursts and quasars as cosmic probes to study the interstellar medium in high-redshift galaxies.

Now, I mainly work on the optical counterparts and host galaxies of astronomical transients such as fast radio bursts and gravitational wave events, to better understand these extreme sources. Additionally, I develop new techniques to identity quasars based on the astrometric measurements of the Gaia satellite, to provide a more unbiased census of the quasar population and foreground absorption-line systems. The overarching goal of these projects is to study and track the chemical enrichment of galaxies through cosmic time. I am also involved in the development of a new instrument for the Nordic Optical Telescope as instrument scientist.