Roberto Emparan García de Salazar

Roberto Emparan García de Salazar

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. In 2022 I was awarded the Medalla Monturiol and elected Fellow of the ISGRG.

Research interests

I aim to understand the physical nature of space and time at the most fundamental level. Einstein taught us that gravity makes spacetime a dynamic entity. So I study gravity's classical and quantum aspects 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 R, Luna R, Suzuki R, Tomasevic M & Way B 2023, 'Holographic duals of evaporating black holes', Journal of High Energy Physics, 5, 182.
- Ceplak N, Emparan R, Puhm A & Tomasevic M 2023 'The correspondence between rotating black holes and fundamental strings' Journal of High Energy Physics 11, 226.
- Emparan R, Barakovic E, Dekhil R & Rescic F 2023, 'Black holes in the classical and quantum world', Proceedings of Science, 440, 0004.

Selected research activities

Invited seminar talks at ICTP Trieste; Würzburg University; Niels Bohr Institute Copenhagen; SNS Pisa; Brandeis University; IFAE; ICFO Colloquium
Dissemination: Outreach talks at RACAB, Ateneu Llibertari Gràcia, Eurostrings 2023, Benasque, UEB
Research stays (> 1 week) at École Polytechnique Paris; YITP Kyoto; INI Cambridge; Benasque Center of Sciences
Guarantor of ICCUB for María de Maeztu Award
Evaluation Panel Member for FWO (Belgium); Academy of Finland; RyC program (Spain); European String Theory Postdoc Network
Academic Promotion Adviser for UC Santa Barbara; Johns Hopkins University; Durham University; Trinity College Dublin; Nagoya University
Project Reviewer for ERC SyG CoG; FWO (Belgium); Israel SF; Fondecyt (Chile); European SF; Serbia Science Fund
PhD Examiner of Y. Zigdon (Ben-Gurion); G. Lingetti (Sapienza)
MSc thesis supervisor of D. Vertemati