Presentation

The research team consists of:

  • Brizuela, David - Assistant lecturer
  • Broadhurst, Thomas - Ikerbasque research professor
  • de Martino, Ivan - Postdoctoral researcher
  • Feinstein, Alexander - Professor
  • Garay, Iñaki - Assistant lecturer
  • García-Parrado Gómez-Lobo, Alfonso - Postdoctoral researcher
  • Ibáñez, Jesús - Professor
  • Jimeno, Pablo - Ph.D. student
  • Lazkoz, Ruth - Lecturer (PI)
  • Leanizbarrutia, Iker - Ph.D. student
  • Martín Senovilla, José María - Professor (PI)
  • Morais, João Viegas - Ph.D. student
  • Ortiz, María - Ph.D. student
  • Reina Borja - Postdoctoral researcher
  • Vera, Raül - Permanent staff researcher

 

Colaboradores externos:

  • Bengtsson, Ingemar - Professor (Stockholm university)
  • Bouhmadi-López, Mariam - Postdoctoral researcher (Universidade da Beira Interior)
  • Cipriani, Nastassja - Ph.D. student (KU Leuven, UPV/EHU)
  • Mars, Marc - Lecturer (Universidad de Salamanca)
  • Salzano, Vinzenzo - Postdoctoral researcher (University of Szczecin)

 

In the centennial of the general theory of relativity it has become apparent that this branch of physics is one of the most active of science. This is particularly true of its more applied and observational research lines, including observational cosmology, cosmological data acquisition and gravitational wave astronomy. This also applies to the theoretical aspects such as the analylis and characterisation of black holes, compact objects, the study of quantum gravity and its possible observable effects at the fundamental level, all of whose supply predictive results.
   
Our team is active in all of these topics, enjoying high international reputation with highlights due to its remarkable influence and long experience. The team is even leading specific research lines in gravitation and cosmology. Our work attempts to explain, for instance, why the observed properties of the Universe are what they are, taking into consideration processes which happened at the earlier stages of the Universe history. We also look at the
processes which lie behind the formation of a real black hole or think how gravity could be quantized, drawing conclusions about the implications on the universe and its evolution or on compact astrophysical objects.
 
Despite a theoretical framework, already confirmed by Einstein's general relativity and the standard model of particles in a wide range of energies and under many experimental tests, being available, there are still many intriguing questions without any answer. To answer these, it is necessary to make progress along the lines our team works, such as the creation of theoretical and/or phenomenological models of the universe based on the growing experimental data (which tell us about the kinematics of the Universe at large), the analysis of observational data obtained from the most powerful telescopes, the gravitational lensing effect, the deepening of the understanding of the fundamental theory describing the gravitational interaction, the alternative models and their possible quantization.