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 attained a high success rate in the FCT 2017 Call for "Scientific Research and Technological development project grants" with three funded grants out of the 49 funded grants nationwide within the Physics Evaluation Panel, corresponding to 6% of this funding. The Gr@v members leading the three funded projects are 1) Alexandre Correia (PI); 2) Carlos Herdeiro and Eugen Radu (PI/co-PI); 3) Marco Sampaio and António Morais (PI/co-PI).
João Rosa was interviewed for Porto Canal's "Mentes que brilham" about his work on stimulated axion decay around primordial black holes as a possible origin for fast radio bursts, recently published in Physical Review Letters. He also gave a related interview to the radio programme "Click" on Antena 1.
The CIDMA Young Doctor Award is a prize for a researcher within 5 years after the PhD, who has made important contributions to his or her research field. The 2018 award is granted to Gr@v member Tjarda Boekholt for his recent achievements in the field of dynamical chaos in astronomical systems. During the annual meeting of CIDMA 2018, Tjarda presented his new numerical N-body code and the ability to obtain reversible solutions to highly chaotic systems.
In a recent paper "Head on collisions of Proca Stars", [arXiv:1806.07779], by N. Sanchis-Gual et al., head-on collisions of exotic compact objects known as "Proca stars" were studied via fully non linear numerical simulations, with the goal of extracting the gravitational wave templates that such exotic objects could produce.
Watch the presentation movie of the COST Action CA16104 Gravitational waves, black holes and fundamental physics (GWverse), in which Gr@v is involved as part of the core group.
The movie was created at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), written and directed by Carlos Herdeiro, with Design and Graphics by Joana Reis and Ana Sousa and Edited by Pedro Henriques.
The article "Stimulated axion decay in superradiant clouds around astrophysical black holes" (arXiv:1709.06581), co-authored by Gr@v member João Rosa and Tom Kephart (Vanderbilt University, USA), has been accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters and will be highlighted as one of the PRL Editors' Suggestions (a distinction attributed to about one in six Letters).
The Aveiro University section of the EPS Young Minds, selected the General Relativity course they organised in the Fall term of 2017 at Aveiro U., in collaboration with Gr@v, as a reference event. This course will be highlighted in a poster presentation at the 7th Young Minds Leadership Meeting to take place in Prague in May 2018. Click "Read More" to find a link to the full poster.
Black hole (BH) shadows in dynamical binary BHs have been produced via ray-tracing techniques on top of computationally expensive fully non-linear numerical relativity simulations.
On arXiv:1805.03798 [gr-qc], it is illustrated (as a proof of concept) that the main features of these shadows can be captured by a simple quasi-static evolution of the photon orbits on top of a static double-Schwarzschild family of solutions, which is exact.
A team of Gr@v members (P. Cunha, J. Delgado, C. Herdeiro and J. Oliveira) is visiting the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, at its Cuernava Campus, in April-May 2018 hosted by Professor Juan Carlos Degollado. The visit occurs within a Marie Curie RISE action, of which both UNAM and Aveiro Universities are partners.