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

Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton neutral black holes in strong magnetic fields: topological charge, shadows and lensing, Haroldo C. D. Lima Junior, Jian-Zhi Yang, Luís C. B. Crispino, Pedro V. P. Cunha and Carlos A. R. Herdeiro; Phys. Rev. D 105 (2022) 064070, arXiv:2112.10802 [gr-qc].

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Spinning gauged boson and Dirac stars: a comparative study, Carlos Herdeiro, Ilya Perapechka, Eugen Radu, Yakov Shnir, Phys. Lett. B 824 (2022) 136811, arXiv:2111.14475 [gr-qc].

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All-sky, all-frequency directional search for persistent gravitational-waves from Advanced LIGO's and Advanced Virgo's first three observing runs, LIGO Scientific, VIRGO and KAGRA Collaborations, R. Abbott et al. (includes N. Sanchis-Gual); arXiv:2110.09834 [gr-qc].

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Search for continuous gravitational waves from 20 accreting millisecond X-ray pulsars in O3 LIGO data; LIGO Scientific, VIRGO and KAGRA Collaborations, R. Abbott et al. (includes N. Sanchis-Gual); arXiv:2109.09255 [astro-ph.HE].

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Virial identities in relativistic gravity: 1D effective actions and the role of boundary terms, Carlos A. R. Herdeiro, João M. S. Oliveira, Alexandre M. Pombo, Eugen Radu; Phys. Rev. D 104 (2021) 104051, arXiv:2109.05027 [gr-qc].

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Latest Astrophysics News & Events

Workshop in honour of Yves Brihaye

A two days workshop "Exact solutions in classical field theory: Solitons, black holes and bosons stars", that will take place on 2-3 June will honour the work of Yves Brihaye, former head of the Research Unit of Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and currently Professor Emeritus in the Unit Physics of the Univers,  Fields and Gravitation. As long time collaborators, E. Radu and C. Herdeiro are two of the invited speakers of the workshop.