David Mateos

David Mateos

Universitat de Barcelona

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 Department of Quantum Physics and Astrophysics 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

- Bea Y, Casalderrey-Solana J, Giannakopoulos T, et al. 2023, 'Holographic bubbles with Jecco: expanding, collapsing and critical (Sept, 008, 2022)', Journal Of High Energy Physics, 225.

Selected research activities

AdS/CAP: A Holographic Approach to Cosmology and Astrophysics, "Rencontres Théoriciens," Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France (June 2023).
Holography in the Gravitational Wave Era, "ICC Winter Meeting", U Barcelona (Feb 2023).
Holography in the Gravitational Wave Era, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen (Sep 2023).
"Holography, Black Holes and Confinement", organizer, U Barcelona (Jan 2023).
"Quantum Fields and Gravity (Enric Verdaguer's Fest)", co-organizer, U Barcelona (Feb 2023).
"Iberian Strings 2023", member of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Murcia, Spain (January 2023).
Pablo Tejerina, "Gauge theory thermodynamics from spacetime geometry, and back" (June 2023).
Alberto Revilla, "Holographic thermodynamics: beyond the conformal case" (June 2023).
Edwan Preau, PhD, U. Sorbonne Paris Cite and U. Paris Diderot (Jun 2023).
Diego Gutiez, PhD, U Oviedo (Sep 2024).
"Frontiers of Theoretical Physics", Master's course, U Barcelona (Feb-March 2023).
Member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cosmos Sciences at U Barcelona (since 2012).