Quantum gravity from outer space and the search for new extreme astrophysical phenomena

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Project Details

Grant Program

Faculty Development Competitive Research Grant Program 2018-2020

Project Description

General Relativity (GR) is entering a new golden age thanks to two events: The discovery of gravitational waves (GWs), announced by the LIGO collaboration at the end of 2015 [Abbot et al. 2015], and the direct imaging of the supermassive compact object at the center of the Milky Way galaxy through Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations, that is expected by the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018 [Johannsen et al. 2016]. These new measurements of unprecedented precision bring us, for the first time in history, experimental data on regions of space-time where gravity and quantum mechanics are supposed to meet. Therefore the times are finally mature to explore how different theoretical approaches to Quantum Gravity (QG) modify known relativistic solutions of Einstein’s field equations and how such modifications can be detected experimentally. In the proposed project we will concentrate on two main fields of theories of gravity where the above aspects can be investigated: Gravitational collapse and exotic compact objects.
Effective start/end date3/20/1812/31/21


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