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Astro Seminar

Black holes as fundamental physics laboratories

Speaker: Dr Richard Brito (Rome)
Date: Thursday 27 February 2020
Time: 14:00
Venue: Queens Buildings N/3.28

Black holes are a unique probe to the strong-field regime of gravity and, quite remarkably, can be used to test the existence of new ultralight bosonic particles. In this talk I will describe several fronts in which black holes can be used to test fundamental physics: (i) I will discuss how gravitational-waves from binary black holes can be used to constrain high-curvatures deviations from General Relativity and (ii) I will discuss how superradiant instabilites of astrophysical black holes in the presence of ultralight bosonic fields, can be used to constrain or detect beyond-Standard Model particles.