Carlos Herdeiro


Carlos Alberto Ruivo Herdeiro got his Licenciatura (4 years first degree) in Física/Matemática Aplicada (Astronomia) in 1996 from the Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto. Got his M.Sc. (Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics) in 1997, from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Completed his Ph.D. in theoretical Physics in 2001 at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. Got the Agregação (Habilitation) in 2012 at the Universidade de Aveiro.

He was a researcher/assistant Professor/associate Professor at the Physics Departments of the Universities of Stanford (2001/02), University of Porto (2002/10), University of Aveiro (2010/18), Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon (2018/19). Since 2019 he is Investigador Coordenador de Carreira (Research Full Professor) at the Departamento de Matemática, Universidade de Aveiro.

He founded in 2010 and currently coordinates the gravitation group at Aveiro University. His research has focused on strong gravity, cosmology, high energy physics and mathematical physics, topics in which he has published over 190 articles in international journals with refereeing, including 14 in Physical Review Letters and an additional over 30 proceedings papers. These works have gathered over 11000 citations (Inspire database). He has given over 190 scientific presentations/lecture courses worldwide on these topics, mostly invited. He has been the Principal Investigator of 15 research grants including three international networks funded by the European Union (Marie Curie actions: IRSES - FP7; RISE - Horizon 2020; SE - Horizon Europe). Has been the advisor of 19 Ph.D. students and mentor of 19 post-doctoral/junior researchers.

Has lectured/coordinated over 15 curricular university lecture courses in Aveiro University, Porto University and IST-Lisbon. He (single) authored 1 university textbook on Quantum Mechanics. He has given over 100 outreach talks, mostly in high school and frequently appears as a science communicator in the TV, radio and written press, often collaborating with the Portuguese Physics Society, of which he was the president of the north section (2007-10). He is a founder of the Portuguese Society for Relativity and Gravitation, of which he has been president (2018-19), vice-president (2016-17 and 2020-21) and currently presides to the General Assembley.

He has been given the Outstanding Referee award in 2021 by the American Physical Society and Elected member of the board of directors of the European Physics Letters Association in 2021. Since 2022 he is an associate editor for European Physical Journal C. In 2020 his work was cited by the Nobel Committee, in the Scientific Background document of Nobel Physics Prize. In 2014, 2015 and 2022, he got three honorary mentions in the Gravity Research Foundation international essay competition and in 2004 he was awarded the Prémio de Estímulo à Investigação, from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.


Full Name: Carlos A. R. Herdeiro

Position: Research Full Professor / Investigador Coordenador de Carreira (Sep 2019 - ...) - Mathematics Department, Aveiro University

- Porto University, 1996, "Licenciatura" (B.Sc.) in Physics/Applied Mathematics; 
- Cambridge University, 1997, M.Sc., Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics;
- Cambridge University, 2001, Ph.D. - Gravitational and High Energy Physics;
- Aveiro University, 2012, "Agregação" (Habilitation) in Physics.

Office: 11.3.38 - Departamento de Matemática - UA

Phone: 234372547

Email: herdeiro (at)


Previous Positions:
- Stanford University, Physics Department, 2001-2002, Post-doctoral Researcher
- Porto University, Physics Department, 2002-2006, Post-doctoral Researcher
- Porto University, Physics Department, 2006-2008, Assistant Professor (Invited)
- Porto University, Physics Department, 2008-2010. Assistant Researcher (Ciência 2007)
- Aveiro University, Physics Department, 2010-2013, Assistant Professor (Invited)
- Aveiro University, Physics Department, 2014-2018, Assistant Professor (Tenured) and FCT Principal Researcher
- Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon University, Physics Department, 2018-2019, Associate Professor





- Quantum Mechanics I and II (2003/2004-2007/2008) - Coordinator, Porto University
- Quantum Mechanics (2013/14-2017/18) - Coordinator, Aveiro University
- General Relativity (2006/2007 -2009/2010) - Coordinator, Porto University
- General Relativity (2016/17) - Coordinator, Aveiro University
- Classical Mechanics (2010/2011-2012/2013) - Coordinator, Aveiro University
- Mechanics and Electromagnetic Field (2010/2011-2013/2014) - Coordinator, Aveiro University; Course content: video recorded lectures and notes (in Portuguese).
- Complements of Mechanics and Electromagnetism (2013/14) - Coordinator, Aveiro University
- Physics Elements (2010/11 - 2012/13) - Aveiro University
- Black Holes (2014,2015,2017) - MAP-Fis Ph.D. Programme
- Topics of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology (2018/19) - IST, Lisbon University
- Waves and Mechanics (2018/19) - Coordinator, IST, Lisbon University
- Differential Geometry (2020/21) - Coordinator, Aveiro University


My Quantum Mechanics Book and support material


Ph.D. Students

1) Maria Carmen Amaral Rebelo (co-advisor; advisor: M. Costa, U. Porto)
Thesis: "Physical Aspects of Stationary Black Hole Binaries", Porto University, 2010
2) Miguel Rodrigues Zilhão Nogueira (advisor; co-advisor: V. Cardoso, IST-Lisbon)
Thesis: "New Frontiers in Numerical Relativity", Porto/Aveiro University, 201
3) Luis Filipe Pinho Oliveira e Costa (advisor; co-advisor: J. S. Lemos, IST-Lisbon)
Thesis: "General Relativity in the framework of exact gravito-electromagnetic analogies", Porto University, 2012
4) Flávio de Sousa Coelho
Thesis: "Radiation from a D-dimensional collision of gravitational shock waves", Aveiro University, 2015
5) Mengjie Wang (advisor; co-advisor: M. Sampaio, U. Aveiro)
Thesis: "Quantum and classical aspects of scalar and vector fields around black holes", Aveiro University, 2016
6) Carolina Loureiro Benone (co-advisor; advisor: Luis Carlos Crispino, U.F.Pará, Brazil)
Thesis: "Scalar fields in black holes spacetimes and analogues", UFP, 2017
7) Helgi Rúnarsson (advisor; co-advisors: Eugen Radu, U. Aveiro, Juan C. Degollado, UNAM, Mexico)
Thesis: "Kerr black holes with scalar and Proca hair", U. Aveiro, 2017
8) Pedro Vieira Pinto da Cunha (co-advisor; advisor: Vitor Cardoso, IST-Lisbon)
Thesis: "Shadows and gravitational lensing of Black Holes interacting with fundamental fields", IST-Lisbon, 2019
9) João Miguel Oliveira (advisor: co-advisor: Filipe Mena, U. Minho)
Thesis: "Aspects of Einstein-Maxwell-scalar models: solitons, duality and scalarisation", U. Aveiro, 2020
10) Rodrigo Luís Lourenço Vicente (co-advisor; advisor: Vitor Cardoso, IST-Lisbon)
Thesis: "The gravity of classical fields: and its effect on the dynamics of gravitational systems", IST-Lisbon, 2021
11) Jorge Filipe Mónico Delgado (advisor; co-advisor: Eugen Radu, U. Aveiro)
Thesis: "Spinning Black holes with scalar hair and horizonless compact objects within and beyond General Relativity", U. Aveiro, 2022
12) Alexandre Mira Pombo (advisor; co-advisor: Eugen Radu, U. Aveiro)
Thesis: "Black holes and solitonic objects with bosonic fields", U. Aveiro, 2022

- Nuno André Moreira Santos (advisor; co-advisors: Eugen Radu, U. Aveiro; N. Sanchis-Gual, IST-Lisbon)
- Ivo Sengo (advisor: co-advisor: Pedro V. Cunha, U. Aveiro)
- Jianzhi Yang (advisor: co-advisor: Pedro V. Cunha, U. Aveiro)
- João Pedro de Araújo Novo (advisor: co-advisor: Pedro V. Cunha, U. Aveiro)
- Zeus Sales Moreira (advisor: co-advisor: L. Crispino, U. Federal do Pará, Brazil)
- Etevaldo Costa Filho (advisor: co-advisor: Eugen Radu, U. Aveiro)
- Marco Ivan Novais Ribeiro Silva Brito (co-advisor: advisor: Miguel Zilhão, U. Aveiro; co-advisor: Nicolas Sanchis-Gual, U. Valencia)


Science Popularisation (some material I have produced available on-line)
- Watch here my talk at TEDx Aveiro (2012 - in Portuguese)
- Listen here to my contribution to the Antena 1 show "90 segundos de Ciência"
- Listen to my chronicles "Horizonte Aparente" in the Click show of Antena 1 - National Portuguese Radio (from 2012 onwards - in Portuguese)
* On gravitational radiation (19 May 2012; from 06'38'')
* On the Higgs boson (22 September 2012)
* On Schrodinger's cat and the Physics Nobel Prize 2012 (24 Novembro 2012)
* On Graphene and the friday night experiments club (16 February 2013)
* Os resultados do satélite Planck (18 May 2013)
* A importância da Física na economia Europeia (13 July 2013)
* O prémio Nobel da Física 2013 (14 October 2013)
* A World Wide Web (www) e a Física (23 November 2013)
* O calendário e os recomeços (9 January 2014)
* Stephen Hawking e os buracos negros (8 March 2014)
* A experiência BICEP2 (3 Maio 2014)
* O perigo do imediatismo (29 Outubro 2014)
* O filme Interstellar (26 Março 2015)
* O segundo bissexto (25 Junho 2015)
* Os neutrinos e o prémio Nobel da Física 2015 (15 Outubro 2015)
* Os 100 anos da Relatividade Geral (26 Dezembro 2015)
* A observação de ondas gravitacionais (18 Fevereiro 2016)
* Starshot (10 Maio 2016)
* O prémio Nobel da Física 2016 (13 Outubro 2016)
* Vera Rubin (13 Janeiro 2017)
* Os 100 anos da Constante Cosmológica (18 Fevereiro 2017)
* A primeira imagem de um buraco negro (6 Maio 2017)
- Read here my interview in the "Researcher of the Month" initiative of Aveiro University
- Read here a text on Cosmology published in Gazeta de Física (2005 - in Portuguese)
- Read here a text on Nanotechnology (2008 - in Portuguese)
- Read here a text on Colliding Black Holes (co-authored by Vitor Cardoso) published in Gazeta de Física (pag. 8-11; 2008 - in Portuguese)
- Read here a text on the 60 years of the Casimir Force published in Gazeta de Física (2008 - in Portuguese)
- Read here an interview with Professor Francis Everitt on the Gravity Probe B mission, published in Gazeta da Física (2008 - in English)
- Read here a text on Graphene published in Gazeta da Física (2008 - in Portuguese)
- Read here a text on the (likely) finding of the Higgs boson (2012 - in Portuguese)
- Read here an (old) text on String Theory and my drawing of the M-theory planet (1998 - In English)
- Read here a contribution to revista "Mais Educativa" on why become a Physicists and why choose Universidade de Aveiro (2012 - in Portuguese)
- Appearence in the TV show "Sem Censura Pará", TV cultura, Pará state, Brazil, September 2015.