Gravitation @ Aveiro University

J. Grover joins ESA

Gr@v postdoctoral ​researcher Jai Grover, who has been a member of the group since 2012, has accepted a research fellow position with the European Space Agency. While there h​e will perform research and monitor new developments in fundamental physics that might have implications for present and future ESA missions. Congratulations Jai!

First ranked student of the MAP-Fis Ph.D. program

Helgi Rúnarsson, a graduate student at Gr@v, was the top ranked student in the call for PhD grants of the MAP-Fis joint doctoral program of Minho, Aveiro and Porto Universities. Well done Helgi!

Flávio Coelho's Ph.D. defense

Gr@v Ph.D. student Flávio Coelho successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis with title "Radiadion from a D-dimensional collision of gravitational shock waves" on February 20th 2015. Congratulations Flávio!

Top 1% cited paper

According to Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Knowledge, the Gr@v paper "Kerr black holes with scalar hair" got "enough citations since September/October 2014 to be placed amongst the 1% top cited papers in its academic field."

Testing GR with Astrophysical Observations

A large review paper, "Testing General Relativity with past and future Astrophysical observations", arXiv:1501.07271, has been made public, prepared as a Topical Review for CQG. The review includes contributions from many international experts, including from our group, and was led by Emanuele Berti. Thank you Emanuele for pushing this team effort!

Special issue of IJMPD with 2014 GRF selected essays

A special issue of the International Journal of Modern Physics D (IJMPD, volume 23, number 12, 2014) has been published, with a set of selected essays from the Gravity Research Foundation 2014 essay competition, including a contribution from Gr@v researchers.

Data for Kerr BHs with scalar hair

Here, the numerical data described in the paper "Construction and physical properties of Kerr black holes with scalar hair", arXiv:1501.04319 [gr-qc], is made available for public use.

This paper is an invited contribution to the Focus Issue on "Black holes and fundamental fields" to appear in Classical and Quantum Gravity, Edited by Paolo Pani and Helvi Witek.

Sociedade Portuguesa de Relatividade e Gravitação (SPRG)

Sociedade Portuguesa de Relatividade e Gravitação (SPRG)

2015 marks the centennial of the General Theory of Relativity (GR), presented by Albert Einstein in 1915. Motivated by this celebration, understanding that GR is an important part of the scientific world heritage and recognizing the growing international influence of Portuguese researchers working in this area, the "Portuguese Society of Relativity and Gravitation" (SPRG) was formally established in 2015.

Integration in CIDMA and a brief history of Gr@v

Within the reorganization of the Portuguese research units promoted by FCT, Gr@v will become part, from Jan 2015, of the Centre for Research and Development in Mathematics and Applications (CIDMA), a research unit based at the University of Aveiro. Gr@v will integrate CIDMA as a new research group -- Gravitational Geometry and Dynamics.

VII Black Holes Workshop

The VII Black Holes workshop took place at Aveiro University from 18-19 December 2014. With over seventy participants from fifteen countries, and a scientific program with 48 talks, this edition continued the growing participation and interest of the international community in this series of workshops, as well as a state of the art review of this exciting field of research. The next edition will take place at IST-Lisbon in December 2015.

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