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Aleksandar Cikota

PhD student


European Southern Observatory

Karl-Schwarzschild-Strasse 2
85748 Garching bei München



Office: +49 89 3200 6161

E-mail: acikota@eso.org

Skype: aleksandar_cikota

Welcome to my personal webpage!


I am a PhD student at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) on Astrophysics, with a position at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany.


I studied physics at the University of Zurich (2007-2011) in Switzerland and at the University of Split (2011-2012) in Croatia where I obtained my bachelor's degree (BSc) in July 2012. I did the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Program in Astrophysics (2013-2015) and obtained a joint Master's degree (MSc) of University of Innsbruck (Austria), University of Padova (Italy) and University of Belgrade (Serbia).


Currently I am working on understanding the supernova Ia progenitor systems using spectropolarimery, under the supervision of Ferdinando Patat (ESO). However, my research interests are various and include Superluminous Supernovae and their host galaxies, dust extinction in SN host galaxies, asteroids (sky surveys) and Trans-Neptunian objects, etc.

During my undergraduate studies in Switzerland, I worked for the J75 La Sagra Sky Survey in Andalusia, Spain and contributed to software development and the discovery of over 3100 minor planets





Here are my (first author) most recent papers:


07/2017: Common continuum polarization properties: a possible link between proto-planetary nebulae and Type Ia Supernovae progenitors


05/2017: Spatially resolved analysis of superluminous supernovae PTF 11hrq and PTF 12dam host galaxies


02/2017: Linear spectropolarimetry of polarimetric standard stars with VLT/FORS2


03/2016: Determining Type Ia Supernova Host Galaxy Extinction Probabilities and a Statistical Approach to Estimating the Absorption-to-reddening Ratio Rv