21 March 2022

New research on how to quantify quantum effects on black holes

New research center:

Professor in Physics, Vitor Cardoso from the Niels Bohr Institute, NBIA, University of Copenhagen has received a DNRF Chair grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to study and quantify quantum effects on astrophysical black holes

Black hole cloud

Professor Vitor Cardoso from the Niels Bohr Institute, NBIA, University of Copenhagen has received a DNRF Chair grant from the Danish National Research Foundation to study and quantify quantum effects on astrophysical black holes.

Vitor Cardoso’s research uses black holes as engines of discovery, using them to understand the dark content of our universe, but also to test the very tenets of General Relativity. With this grant, Prof. Cardoso will seed a talented gravity group at the Niels Bohr Institute and build on the institute’s expertise to grow a community of leading researchers in gravitational physics and push forward our understanding of gravity.

‘I am thrilled to be the recipient of the DNRF Chair grant. I moved to Denmark and to the Niels Bohr Institute to establish a team able to continue Niels Bohr's dream of understanding the quantum world, by including gravity in the equation. The DNRF Chair grant is a stamp of excellence in this dream, and a way to attract the very best within the field to Denmark,’ says Professor Cardoso.

The DNRF Chair instrument was initiated in 2020 with the overall purpose of strengthening Danish research communities by bringing both international and Danish researchers to Denmark and has so far been awarded to 8 other researchers, 6 of these are researchers at the University of Copenhagen.

Professor Poul Henrik Damgaard, Director of the Niels Bohr International Academy states: ‘We are proud to welcome Vitor Cardoso to the Niels Bohr International Academy. As a world-leading figure in gravitational physics, he will establish in Copenhagen one of Europe’s most powerful research centers within this field.’

Prof. Cardoso’s DNRF Chair grant is a three-year grant and will begin on October 1, 2022.

Professor Vitor Cardoso
Vitor Cardoso’s research uses black holes as engines of discovery, using them to understand the dark content of our universe

About Professor Vitor Cardoso

Vitor Cardoso is a Professor in Physics, a Villum Investigator and a DNRF Chair at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen since 2022.

Prof. Cardoso obtained his PhD in Physics at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in 2003, and has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Mississippi and Washington University, St. Louis before becoming an Assistant Professor at IST in 2010. During his tenure in Portugal, he held fellowships at prestigious institutions around the globe, including Perimeter Institute, CERN, and the Waseda Institute for Advanced Studies.

He is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal Pará in Brazil and Van der Waals Professorial Chair in Amsterdam. Vitor Cardoso became Professor of Physics at IST in 2016 and he is the founder and current leader of the gravity-focused GRIT group in Lisbon.

Read more about Vitor Cardoso here