Strong Gravity

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 Publications

Shadows and strong gravitational lensing: a brief review, Pedro V. P. Cunha, Carlos Herdeiro;  arXiv:1801.00860 [gr-qc].

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Review articles
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Probing the universality of synchronised hair around rotating black holes with Q-clouds, Carlos Herdeiro, Jutta Kunz, Eugen Radu, Bintoro Subagyo, arXiv:1712.04286 [qr-qc].

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Regular Articles
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Superradiant instabilities in the Kerr-mirror and Kerr-AdS black holes with Robin boundary conditions, Hugo R. C. Ferreira, Carlos A. R. Herdeiro; arXiv:1712.03398 [gr-qc].

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Squashed magnetized black holes in D=5 minimal gauged supergravity, Jose-Luiz Blázquez-Salcedo, Jutta Kunz, Francisco Navarro Lérida, Eugen Radu; arXiv:1711.10483 [gr-qc].

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New black holes in D=5 minimal gauged supergravity: deformed boundaries and "frozen" horizons,  Jose-Luiz Blázquez-Salcedo, Jutta Kunz, Francisco Navarro Lérida, Eugen Radu; arXiv:1711.08292 [gr-qc].

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Latest Strong Gravity News & Events

Ema Valente is now a Master

Ema Valente successfully finished her Physics M.Sc. at Aveiro University, on December 20th 2017, by defending a thesis with title "A simple model of exotic compact objects: interaction with a scalar field". This thesis was supervised by Gr@v researcher C. Herdeiro and examined by Prof. Luis Crispino, from the U. Federal do Pará, Brazil. Well done Ema!

Scientists discuss black holes in Aveiro

The X Black Holes workshop took place at Aveiro University on 18-19 December 2017. It gathered almost 100 scientists discussing black holes from many different perspectives. Besides 63 oral communications, the workshop also included the fourth General Assembley of the Portuguese Relativity and Gravitation Society (SPRG) and a special session celebrating the 60th anniversary of Prof. J. S. Lemos.