In a recent paper "Spontaneous scalarisation of charged black holes: coupling dependence and dynamical features", [arXiv:1902.05079], by Gr@v members A. Pombo and E. Radu, in collaboration with a group at IST-Lisbon (P. Fernandes, C. Herdeiro and N. Sanchis-Gual), fully non-linear evolutions of the process of spontaneous scalarisation of charged black holes.
The group's research on strong gravity involves finding analytical and numerical solutions of Einstein's theory of general relativity, and many of its extensions, either in vacuum or coupled to various types of matter. For our latest developments/activities in this area, please see the listing at the end of this article.
The prime examples of (relativistic) strong gravitational systems are Black Holes. They are truly unifying objects of all physics. The understanding of their formation and dynamics requires the laws of all four fundamental forces, and their physics is relevant not only for astrophysics and cosmology but for a variety of topics within high energy physics.
See here a movie made by the COST action `Black holes in a violent universe', in which our group participates, for a visual overview of different types of black holes.
Latest Strong Gravity News & Events
Gr@v member Valério Ribeiro was part of an international team of researchers studying thermonuclear eruptions in the Andromeda galaxy. The team published, in Nature magazine, the discovery of a super-nova remnant which is bigger than most supernova remnants. They found that the super-nova remnant was the consequence of yearly repeated eruptions over millions of years. Few of these systems are known in the galaxy due to the fact that we suffer from dust obscuration.
Gr@v member João Rosa was one of the recipients of the 2018 Alberto prize, awarded by the Portuguese Society of Relativity and Gravitation (SPRG). The prize was given for his work on the phenomenon of superradiance and its physical and astrophysical implications. The prize was shared by Richard Brito, a researcher of the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, in Berlin, Germany. The prize was delivered at the General Assembly of the SPRG, on 19th December 2018, during the XI Black Holes Workshop.
Gr@v member Pedro Cunha was one of the invited lecturers of the V Amazonia Workshop on Black Holes and Analogue Models of Gravity, that took place at the Federal University of Pará, in Belém, Brazil, from December 3rd to 7th, 2018. Cunha gave five lectures on "Geodesics and Shadows of Kerr black holes".
The Brazilian Funding Agency, CAPES, presented Carolina Benone's PhD Thesis with an Honorable Mention. This award results from a Brazilian national contest for the PhD theses defended in 2017. Carolina's thesis was supervised by Professor Luis Carlos Crispino from Universidade Federal do Pará (UFPA), Brazil, and includes research performed with Gr@v members, as a result of two long term visits of Carolina's to Gr@v during her PhD. Hearty congratulations Carolina!