Department (s)

Knowledge area
Theoretical Physics, Cosmology (ANEP: Physics and science of space)

PI: José M. Martín Senovilla Co-PI: 


(in alphabetical order): Asier Alonso Bardají, Mariam Bouhmadi López, David Brizuela Cieza, Thomas Broadhurst, Marco de Cesare, Ivan de Martino, Francisco Fernández Álvarez, Sara Fernández Uria, Iñaki Garay Elizondo, Jesús Ibáñez Medrano, Ruth Lazkoz Sáez, Iker Leanizbarrutia Alonso, José M. Martín Senovilla, João Morais, Mark Neyrinck, María Ortiz Baños, Borja Reina Valdemoros, Diego Sáez Gómez, Raül Vera Jiménez, Francesca Vidotto.

External collaborators: Ingemar Bengtsson, Nastassja Cipriani, Marc Mars Lloret, Vincenzo Salzano

Ex-members: Alexander Feinstein Gotlinsky, Alfonso Jacinto García-Parrado Gómez-Lobo, Pablo Jimeno Romero, Charlotte Van Hulse


Black holes, cosmological constant, cosmic background radiation, dark energy, dark matter, quantum gravity, general relativity, gravitational lensing, structure formation in the Universe


Our group has a recognized international prestige, being active in all areas of cosmology, relativity and their generalizations. We intend to answer numerous intriguing questions, such as why the properties of the Universe are as observed, how does a black hole form, how to characterize gravitational radiation emitted by isolated dynamical systems, or whether gravity can be quantized. For this, our group works on the theoretical and phenomenological modeling of the Universe based on the growing number of observational data obtained from the most powerful telescopes and on the gravitational lensing effect. We also deepen our understanding of the fundamental theory, its mathematical basis, and the different ways of quantizing gravity.

Research lines

  1. Very compact astrophysical objects and black holes: Dynamics. Cosmological constant.
  2. Quantum cosmology and loop quantum gravity: dynamics, semi-classical sector and physical consequences
  3. Theoretical and observational cosmology: dark energy and matter, observational tests. Alternative theories of gravity.
  4. Mathematical relativity: trapped and umbilical submanifolds, algebraic computation, characterization of initial gravity data and exact solutions, characterization of gravitational waves at infinity.
  5. Gravitational lensing, galaxy and galaxy cluster formation, Panoramic Surveys and space telescope observations.


Basically this is a theoretical group: the equipment is mainly based on advanced computer programs for data analysis and algebraic computing programs.

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