Gr@v is a team of researchers, based at the Mathematics and Physics Department of Aveiro University, Portugal, working on strong gravity and high energy physics. The group was established in 2010. In January 2015 Gr@v integrated the FCT funded CIDMA research unit (UIDB/04106/2020 and UIDP/04106/2020), as the Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics research group. The group scientific coordinator is C. Herdeiro.
In the 5th FCT individual contest for stimulous of research, Miguel Zilhão, Guilherme Raposo and Hector Olivares obtained 6 years research positions to join Gr@v.
In the paper "The fate of the light-ring instability" Gr@v members P. Cunha, C. Herdeiro and E. Radu, together with former member, currently at the U. Valencia, N. Sanchis-Gual, have unveiled the mystery of the fate of a large class of horizonless ultracompact objects, that could be potential black hole foils.
A long standing intriguing possibility is if the astrophysical black hole candidates could be some other kind of mysterious objects but without event horizons, the defining property of black holes.
The project "Gravitational waves, black holes, and fundamental physics" led by M. Zilhão (co-PI C.Herdeiro), fully based at Aveiro U., was one of the six Scientific Research and Technological Development Projects selected for funding in the 2022 FCT Call for R&D projects in the Physics panel. All results can be seen here.
Gr@v is one of the 126 groups/institutions that joined the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT). EuCAPT purpose is to bring together theoretical cosmologists and astroparticle physicists across Europe aiming at increasing the exchange of ideas, coordinate scientific activities, help in the attraction of adequate resources as well as promoting a stimulating, fair and open environment in which young scientists can thrive. Gr@v's participation is coordinated by A. Morais.