Gr@v is a team of researchers, based at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, working on gravitational physics in the context of astrophysics, cosmology and high energy physics. The group was established in 2010. In January 2015 Gr@v integrated the FCT funded CIDMA research unit (project UID/MAT/04106/2013), as the Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics research group.
Gr@v member Pedro Cunha was one of the invited lecturers of the V Amazonia Workshop on Black Holes and Analogue Models of Gravity, that took place at the Federal University of Pará, in Belém, Brazil, from December 3rd to 7th, 2018. Cunha gave five lectures on "Geodesics and Shadows of Kerr black holes".
Gr@v member Tjarda Boekholt recently travelled to the University of Concepcion in Chile. He was invited by the Theory and Starformation Group (TSG), which is led by a team of professors including Mike Fellhauer, Dominik Schleicher, Amelia Stutz and Stefano Bovino. In the first week Tjarda lectured students on the Astrophysical Multi-purpose Software Environment (AMUSE). In particular, they discussed the coupling between N-body and hydrodynamics.
The Brazilian Funding Agency, CAPES, presented Carolina Benone's PhD Thesis with an Honorable Mention. This award results from a Brazilian national contest for the PhD theses defended in 2017. Carolina's thesis was supervised by Professor Luis Carlos Crispino from Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Brazil, and includes research performed with Gr@v members, as a result of two long term visits of Carolina's to Gr@v during her PhD. Hearty congratulations Carolina!
From October 2018 onwards, Carlos Herdeiro, one of Gr@v's founding members, became an Associate Professor at the Physics Department of IST-Lisbon. The photo shows group members and Yves Brihaye, visiting from Mons University, enjoying a wonderful "parrilhada de peixe", by the seaside, a few kilometers from the Aveiro Campus, on September 28th 2018.
Gr@v members Pedro Cunha and Carlos Herdeiro were two of the speakers of the Workshop "Dynamics in Strong Gravity" that took place at the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics, Kyoto, Japan, 1-14 September 2018.
The XI Black Holes Workshop will take place at IST-Lisbon on 17-18 December 2018. The Black Holes Workshops gather researchers working on physical and mathematical problems of black holes, both in its classical and quantum aspects, as well as their connections to general relativity and gravitation, string theory, cosmology, and astrophysics, and stimulate the interaction between all these issues.
The paper "Spontaneous scalarisation of charged black holes", co-authored by Gr@v members C. Herdeiro and E. Radu, together with N. Sanchis-Gual and J. A. Font, from the U. Valencia, was published in September 2018 in Physical Review Letters.
From September 2018 onwards, Alexandre Correia, one of Gr@v's founding members, became an Associate Professor at the Physics Department of Coimbra University. Gr@v warmly congratulates Alexandre on this well deserved promotion. The photo shows a farewell dinner organised in July 2018 with collegues from Aveiro University.
Conventional wisdom says the influential physicist John A. Wheeler coined the term black hole in 1968. But a deeper analysis reveals a much richer story, that starts centuries ago in a British India prision. This fascinating story features in the July 2018 edition of "Gazeta de Física", the newsletter of the Portuguese Physics Society, authored by C. Herdeiro and José S. Lemos (in Portuguese).