The most violent phenomena in the Universe


  • Call:

    IDPASC Portugal - PHD Programme 2017

  • Academic Year:

    2017 / 2018

  • Domains:

    General Relativity | Astrophysics

  • Supervisor:

    Vitor Cardoso

  • Co-Supervisor:

  • Institution:

    Instituto Superior Técnico

  • Host Institution:

    Instituto Superior Técnico

  • Abstract:

    Gravity is the weakest but the most intriguing fundamental interaction in the Universe, and stands as the only fundamental interaction not unified on the search for the ultimate theory. Triggered by breakthroughs at the observational, experimental and conceptual levels, strong gravity physics is experiencing a Golden Age, making it one of the most active fields of research in the 21st century. This proposal aims at understanding, via perturbative techniques and full-blown nonlinear evolutions, the strong-field regime of gravity, and includes challenging nonlinear evolutions describing gravitational collapse and collisions in the presence of fundamental elds. This programme will significantly advance our knowledge of Einstein's field equations and their role in fundamental questions regarding high energy, astro and particle physics. This is a cross-cutting, multidisciplinary program with an impact on our understanding of gravity at all scales, on our perception of black hole-powered phenomena and on gravitational-wave and particle physics.