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".
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 has been explained by Gr@v researchers as a natural consequence of the gravitational dynamics in Pluto's system (A&A Letter).
The article "Knotty inflation and the dimensionality of spacetime", co-authored by Gr@v member João Rosa, was recently featured in the popular science magazine New Scientist, with comments by Prof. Alan Guth.
For General Relativity's (GR) centennial, Scientific American examined a year’s worth of the GR literature. The study includes all papers (2435) uploaded to the gr-qc arXiv in 2014. Gr@v's paper Kerr black holes with scalar hair appears as the second most cited paper, by other authors, since publication through the middle of 2015.
The proceedings of the seventh edition of the Black Holes Workshop (VIIBHW), held at the University of Aveiro in 18-19 December 2014, have now been published as the August 2015 special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (Volume 24, Number 09, August 2015), including 25 contributed articles and a preface by the editors.
Gr@v team at the 14th Marcel Grossmann Meeting, in Rome: (from left to right) M. Wang, H. Rúnarsson, J. C. Degollado (former member), E. Radu, C. Herdeiro, M. Sampaio and J. Rosa, where we have presented ten talks on the various group's research lines.
Under Rome's July hot sun, this workshop could be described modifying Edison's quote: "Science can really be 99% perspiration..."
Gr@v master student Raul Costa has been granted a place in the prestigious CERN summer student programme 2015 edition. Raul will be spending two months at CERN in a historical and exciting moment when the first data from the high energy runs of the LHC will start being produced. Watch out for the new particles Raul!