Gravitation @ Aveiro University

Celebrating Gr@vity!

Exactly one hundred years after Einstein's completion of the general theory of relativity, Gr@v gathered some collaborators and friends to celebrate Gr@vity!

PRL cover exhibits Gr@v work

The cover of the Physical Review Letters Vol. 115, issue 21 (November 20th, 2015), exhibits one of the figures of the Gr@v paper Shadows of Kerr black holes with scalar hair [Pedro V. P. Cunha et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 211102 (2015)] showing the lensing of a boson star with a light ring.


Gulbenkian Foundation distinguishes Pedro Cunha

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has awarded one of the 2015 prizes for stimulating research to Gr@v Ph.D. student Pedro Cunha, distinguishing his work/project on black hole shadows. Congratulations Pedro!

Shadows of hairy black holes in Physical Review Letters

The paper "Shadows of Kerr black holes with scalar hair" by P. Cunha, C. Herdeiro, E. Radu and H. Rúnarsson has been accepted in Physical Review Letters. This work shows Kerr black holes with scalar hair can exhibit new types of shadows in black hole physics.

Gr@v RISEs

Gr@v is a partner of the recently approved "Strong Gravity and High Energy Physics" Marie Curie RISE (Research and Innovation Staff Exchange) action, within the Horizon 2020 European framework. This network has a lifetime of 4 years, starting in Jan 2016 and connects 8 nodes in 7 countries, being coordinated by Prof. Ulrich Sperhake and Cambridge University.

V NRHEP network meeting in Belém, Brazil

The V global meeting of the Numerical Relativity and High Energy Physics Marie Curie IRSES action, took place in Universidade Federal do Pará, Belém, Brazil, from 28 September -2 October 2015.

Thank you Luis Carlos Crispino for the stimulating meeting in the beautiful Amazonia.

Living Reviews in Relativity resumes publication

Living Reviews in Relativity has been one of the most prestigous journals in the field of Gravitation. After interrupting its activity in September 2014, it was recently acquired by Springer and has now resumed publication with the new review articles: "Exploring New Physics Frontiers Through Numerical Relativity" co-authored by our group.

Pedro Cunha's Master Thesis

Pedro Cunha presented his M.Sc thesis on September 21st 2015, on the topic of "Black Hole Shadows". A student at the University of Coimbra, Pedro chose to do his M.Sc. thesis within Gr@v. His impressive work led him to be awarded a 20 (out of 20) for his thesis, the first ever in the Master programme he attended, and to write an original paper on "Shadows of Kerr black holes with scalar hair".

100 years of Strong Gravity, 5 years of Gr@v

On November 25th 1915, Albert Einstein presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences, in Berlin, a paper with title "Die Feldgleichungen der Gravitation", with the final form of his field equations. This concluded his formulation of the General Theory of Relativity, the relativistic theory of gravity, which revolutionized our understanding of space, time and the Universe.

The chaotic rotation of Pluto's small moons explained

The chaotic rotation of Pluto's small moons has been explained by Gr@v researchers as a natural consequence of the gravitational dynamics in Pluto's system (A&A Letter).

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