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Roberto Emparan

Roberto Emparan

Universitat de Barcelona

Experimental Sciences & Mathematics

I'm originally from Bilbao. I got both my BSc (in June 1990) and my PhD (in November 1995) in Physics from the University of the Basque Country. In January 1996 I went to the University of California, Santa Barbara, for my first postdoc. Two years later, I moved to Durham University, in northern England, for a second postdoc. Near the end of 1999 I took up a junior lecturer position back in Bilbao. I took leave from there in January 2001 to move to a Fellow position at CERN (the European Lab for Particle Physics, outside Geneva). Since January 2003 I am ICREA Research Professor at the Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics, Institute of Cosmos Sciences, at Universitat de Barcelona. In 2016 I was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council.

Research interests

I try to understand the physical nature of space and time at the most fundamental level. We know since Einstein that, due to the existence of gravity, spacetime is a dynamical entity. So I study the classical and quantum aspects of gravity and its most basic and fascinating objects: the black holes. The natural starting point is the theory of General Relativity and the theories that naturally incorporate the ideas of quantum holographic spacetime, namely, String and M-Theory and the AdS/CFT correspondence.

Selected publications

Emparan, Roberto; Grado-White, Brianna; Marolf, Donald; Tomasevic, Marija 2021, ‘Multi-mouth traversable wormholes‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 5, 32.

Selected research activities

Plenary talks at “Quantum Gravity, Holography and Quantum Information”, Munich; “AlteCosmoFun ’21”, Szczecin; “Black Holes, BPS and Quantum Information”, Lisbon

Invited talks and colloquia at Harvard CMSA GR Seminar; University of Chicago, Particle Theory Group; MIT String/Gravity Theory Seminar; Nordic High Energy Theory Seminar; QMAP, UC Davis; University of Kentucky, String Theory Seminar; Milano, Fields, Strings & Branes; East Asian Strings Webinar; INFN Perugia Colloquium; TU&U Wien Joint Theory Seminar; Gravitículas, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Neve Shalom Joint Seminars in Theoretical High Energy Physics; Quantum Field Theory and Gravity, Würzburg

Dissemination: 3 in-person outreach talks, 2 online talks, 1 radio interview

Scientific Organizing Committee member for GR23: 23rd International Conference on General Relativity and Gravitation, Beijing, July 2022; Iberian Strings 2021

Guarantor of ICCUB for María de Maeztu Award

Editorial Board member of Journal of High Energy Physics, Living Reviews in Relativity, International Journal of Modern Physics D

PhD thesis supervisor of David Licht and Marija Tomašević (U. Barcelona)

MSc thesis supervisor of Ana Climent and Adam Teixidó (U. Barcelona)

ICREA Memoir 2021