NewFunFiCO network

A new staff exchange network - NewFunFiCO - was chosen for funding within the Horizon-MSCA-2021-SE-01 call. The network has nodes at Aveiro University (Portugal, coordinator), University of Valencia (Spain), Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitaet Frankfurt Am Main (Germany), Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (Mexico), Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (China). The network will start on January 1st 2023 and have a lifetime of 4 years.

A waveform catalogue for Proca star collisions

The detection of gravitational waves has been one of the most exciting scientific developments of the XXIst century. These detections are theory-driven, they rely on the existence of waveform libraries, which have been constructed for binary black holes and neutron stars. Gr@v members have collaborated on the construction of the first waveform catalogue for exotic compact objects, an effort led by former Gr@v member Nicolas Sanchis Gual (now at the U. Valencia).

The fate of the light-ring instability

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.