David Mateos

Universitat de Barcelona (UB)

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I was born in 1974 in Barcelona. I obtained my PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Barcelona in 2000. After that I enjoyed many years of wonderful postdoctoral life at Cambridge University, UK (2 years), Perimeter Institute, Canada (3 years) and University of California at Santa Barbara, USA (3 years). I am an ICREA Research Professor at the Dep. of Fundamental Phys. at the University of Barcelona since July 2008. In 2012 I was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (1.4 M€).

Research interests

My main goal is to understand the physics of the Universe at the most fundamental level. Our present understanding is based on two theories. General relativity is a classical theory that provides a good description of gravitational interactions at large, macroscopic scales. The other three interactions, the electromagnetic, the strong and the weak interactions, are unified in a quantum theory, the so-called Standard Model of elementary particles. The answers to many important questions in fundamental physics require a unified, quantum theory of all interactions; these questions include the quantum properties of black holes, cosmology and the origin of the Universe, particle physics beyond the Standard Model, etc. For this reason I work on string theory, a quantum theory that has the potential to describe all forces and particles in Nature in a single, unified framework.

Selected publications

– Attems M, Casalderrey-Solana J, Mateos D, Papadimitriou I, Santos-Olivan D, Sopuerta CF, Triana M & Zilhao M 2016, ‘Thermodynamics, transport and relaxation in non-conformal theories’, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 10, 155.

– Faedo AF, Mateos D, Pantelidou C & Tarrio J 2016, ‘Unquenched flavor on the Higgs branch’, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 11, 021.

– Casalderrey-Solana J, Mateos D, van der Schee W & Triana M 2016, ‘Holographic heavy ion collisions with baryon charge’, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 9, 108.

– Faedo AF, Kundu A, Mateos D, Pantelidou C  & Tarrío J 2016,’Three-dimensional super Yang-Mills with compressible quark matter’, JHEP 1603, 154.

Selected research activities

Some recent results on holographic approaches to equilibration, `3rd International Conference on the Initial Stages in High-Energy Nuclear Collisions’, Lisbon, Portugal (May 2016).

– Towards the String Dual of a Color Superconductor, `Numerical Relativity and Holography’, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (June 2016).

– Holographic Heavy Ion Collisions, `The Big Bang and the little bangs – Non-equilibrium phenomena in cosmology and in heavy-ion collisions’, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland (August 2016).

– Towards the String Dual of a Color Superconductor, London Triangle Seminar, UK (November 2016).