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

– Faedo AF,  Mateos D, Pantelidou C & Tarrio J 2019, ‘A supersymmetric color superconductor from holography‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 5, 106.

– Faedo AF,  Mateos D, Pantelidou C & Tarrio J 2019, ‘Spectrum of a supersymmetric color superconductor‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 11, 020.

– Elander D, Faedo AF, Mateos D, Pravos D & Subils JG  2019, ‘Mass spectrum of gapped, non-confining theories with multi-scale dynamics‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 5, 175.

– Faedo AF, Mateos D, Pantelidou C & Tarrio J 2019, ‘Erratum to: Towards a holographic quark matter crystal (vol 10, 139, 2017)‘, Journal Of High Energy Physics, 7, 058.

Selected research activities

Invited Talks

-Hydrodynamics near a critical point, “Theoret. Foundations of Relativistic Hydrodynamics”, Banff, Canada.
Extreme Holography: From Heavy Ion Collisions to Neutron Star Mergers, “Gravity – New perspectives from strings and higher dimensions”, Benasque Centre for Science, Spain.
Holography at High Density, “Rencontres Theoriciens”, Inst. Henri Poincare, Paris, France.
Extreme Holography, “Belgian Holography Meeting”, Leuven, Belgium.
Holographic Complex CFTs, U Autonoma Barcelona, Spain.
Holographic Dynamics across a Phase Transition, Ecole Polytechnique and Saclay, Paris, France.

Supervised Theses

-D. Pravos, PhD, U Barcelona.
-M. Frias, Master, U Barcelona.

Conference Organization

-Iberian Strings 2019, U Barcelona.


-Frontiers of Theoretical Physics, Master Course at U Barcelona.


-Member of the advisory board of the Institute for Cosmos Sciences, U Barcelona.
-Guarantor of the Maria de Maeztu project of the Instit. for Cosmos Sciences, U Barcelona.

Outreach and Media

-¿De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de cuántica?, debate at the CCCB, Barcelona, Spain.
Quaks, Gluones y Agujeros Negros, public lecture, Benasque Centre for Science, Spain.
The Quark-Gluon Plasma, radio interview on “SER Catalunya”, Barcelona, Spain.