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ERC advanced grant awarded to Roberto Emparan's project on gravity and black holes

Roberto Emparan ICREA researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona.

Roberto Emparan ICREA researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona.

05/04/2016

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The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Roberto Emparan, ICREA researcher at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB), an Advanced Grant for his project A New Strategy for Gravity and Black Holes in the 2015 call. The funding is up to 2.138.825 Euros per grant and lasts up to five years.

The ERC Advanced Grants are part of the European Union Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020. They are aimed at established and world leading researchers to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects in Europe. Emparan has been an ICREA Research Lecturer at the University of Barcelona since 2003, and a member of ICCUB since its creation in 2006. He carries out research in gravitation and cosmology, trying to understand the nature of spacetime at its most fundamental level. Particularly, he studies the classical and quantum aspects of gravity and its most basic objects: the black holes.

General Relativity — Einstein’s theory of gravity — encompasses a huge variety of physical phenomena and provides the basis to our understanding of the Universe and its evolution at the largest scales. Black holes play a central role in this theory. However, their equations are extremely hard to solve. The awarded project led by Emparan is aimed at developing a novel approach to solve black hole physics by using the number of dimensions D as a perturbation parameter.

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