Astrophysics is an area concerning various physical ranging from planetary sized systems, to galactic scale systems and beyond, that intersects various disciplines such as Newtonian dynamics, relativistic physics and particle physics processes.
For our latest developments/activities in this area, please see the listing below at the end of this article.
An exoplanet is a planet outside the Solar System. In the Milky Way galaxy, it is expected that there are many billions of planets (at least one planet, on average, orbiting around each star, resulting in 100–400 billion exoplanets), with many more free-floating planetary-mass bodies orbiting the galaxy directly.
We study the long-term dynamics of known multi-planet systems. This allow us to test the accuracy of the orbital parameters' determinations, as well as to understand how these systems evolved. We also look for the stable zones in the gaps between already-known planets in order to determine where is it possible to locate Earth-like planets.
See here a movie made by the PhD Animation on "Exoplanets Explained", for a review on the main observational methods used to detect exoplanets.
Latest Astrophysics News & Events
On November 29, Gr@v member Nuno M. Santos gave an outreach seminar at Universidade Federal do Pará (Campus Salinópolis) on the peculiar nature of black holes and the observational evidence for their existence. He was hosted by Prof. Carolina Benone, a former Gr@v member and current collaborator.
The VIII Amazoniana Workshop on Gravity and Analogue models took place from 21-25 November 2022. The video recording of the courses and lectures will soon be put online.
The black hole merger in scalar-Gauss-Bonnet gravity can lead to dynamical descalarization this is a spontaneous release of the scalar
hair of the newly formed black hole. Depending on the exact form of the Gauss-Bonnet coupling function, the stable scalarized solutions