Antonio Morais

Full Name: António Pestana Morais

Position: Junior researcher (level 1)

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Degrees:

-Lisbon University: B.Sc (Licenciatura) in Physics, 2007

-Lisbon University: M.Sc in Nuclear and Particle Physics, 2009           

-University of Glasgow: Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics, 2013     

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Previous positions:

-Aveiro Univeristy, Physics Department, 2014-2015 and 2016-2019, Postdoctoral Researcher

-Lund University, Physics Department, 2015-2016, Postdoctoral Researcher

-Aveiro Univeristy, Physics Department, 2019-     , Junior Researcher

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Research:

My research interests are in Particles Physics models beyond the Standard Model and on its phenomenological and cosmological implications. I am particularly interested in understanding the origin of the gauge interactions and the family replication found in nature based on first principles. Since 2015 I have been strongly involved in the development of a model inspired by the E8 exceptional group that promotes the family structure to a gauge interaction and attempts to unify it with the strong and electroweak forces. In this context the E8 symmetry can be seen as a unifying force. The large unifying structure implies that the model will have a rich low-scale phenomenology including additional Higgs and gauge bosons as well as vector-like fermions. I am particularly interested in understanding the implications of this model for collider phenomenology, the electroweak phase transition, primordial Gravitational Waves, dark matter and neutrino physics. The most recent state of the art paper, published in PRD, can be found in this link.

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Teaching:

- Quantum Mechanics (2014/15-2017/18), Aveiro University (Coordinator C. Hedeiro)

- Quantum Mechanics (2018/19), Aveiro University (Coordinator V. Amaral)

- An Introduction to the Standard Model of Particle Physics (2018/19), Organized by EPS Young Minds, Aveiro University; Lecture notes in English

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Office: 13.3.28

Phone: +351 234 378 102 (ext. 23152)

Email: aapmorais@ua.pt