Astrophysics

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.

Exoplanets

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 Publications

Non-perturbative spinning black holes in dynamical Chern-Simons gravity, Terence Delsate, Carlos Herdeiro, Eugen Radu; arXiv:1806.06700 [gr-qc].

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Spontaneous scalarisation of charged black holes, Carlos A. R. Herdeiro, Eugen Radu, Nicholas Sanchis-Gual, José A. Font; arXiv:1806.05190 [gr-qc].

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Black holes, gravitational waves and fundamental physics: a roadmap, L. Barack et al.,; arXiv:1806.05195 [gr-qc].

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Shadows of Exact binary black holes, Pedro V. P. Cunha, Carlos A. R. Herdeiro, Maria J. Rodriguez;  arXiv:1805.02798 [gr-qc].

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Spinning boson stars and hairy black holes with non-minimal coupling, Carlos A. R. Herdeiro, Eugen Radu; International Journal of Modern Physics D 27 (2018) 1843009, arXiv:1803.08149 [gr-qc].

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Latest Astrophysics News & Events

Radio jet studies in Superluminous Supernovae and Cataclysmic Variables

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Deanne Coppejans
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Room 32.3.30 CICFANO
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Recent advances in radio telescopes in sensitivity, response time, and wavelength coverage have opened a wealth of new research opportunities. This is particularly the case for transients, where high sensitivity and rapid response is crucial. I will describe how radio observations of two classes of objects are helping to further our understanding of jet physics.

Exploring the atmosphere of Venus using a general circulation model

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Gabriela Gilli -- Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences
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room 32.3.30 CICFANO
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The satellite Venus Express (2006-2015), together with the Japanese spacecraft Akatsuki (still in orbit) and ground-based campaigns, are unveiling our neighbor planet. At the same time, those new measurements put in evidence the complexity and the high variability of the Venus atmosphere, opening new scientific questions (e.g.