Spin-induced scalarized black holes in Phys. Rev. Lett.

Can a black hole be different from the Kerr paradigm depending on its spin? In paper to appear in Physical Review Letters, Gr@v members C. Herdeiro and E. Radu, in collaboration with H. Silva and N. Yunes (U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaigne, US) and T. Sotirou (U. Nottingham, UK), show that the phenomenon of spontaneous scalarisation can lead to non-Kerr black holes, only if they spin fast enough.

João Oliveira's Ph.D. defense

João Oliveira successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on Friday 20th November 2020. The committee, presided by Prof. A. Botelho and composed by Profs. D. Astefanesi, M. Zilhão, M. Piedade Ramos, E. Radu and C. Herdeiro (advisor) unanimously approved the thesis entitled "Aspects of Einstein-Maxwell-scalar models: Solitons, Duality and Scalarisation". Congratulations João!

Pedro Cunha selected for an FCT 6 years junior research grant

Pedro Cunha was one of the 7 selected researchers for a junior grant, nationwide, within 76 applicants in the Physical Sciences panel, in the third individual call for scientific employment stimulus, promoted by FCT. Pedro (re)joined our group as a post-doc in October 2020, after being a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck institute for gravitational physics in Golm, Germany. Congratulations Pedro!

Nico Sanchis-Gual joins Gr@v

Nicolas Sanchis-Gual, the only member of the LIGO-Virgo-Kagra collaboration working in Portugal, officially joined Gr@v and our research unit CIDMA. After his Ph.D. from the University of Valencia, Nico worked as a postdoctoral researcher at CENTRA-IST. He is an expert on Numerical Relativity and Gravitational Waves from dynamical binaries. Welcome Nico!