The thematic umbrella of my current projects
The discovery of black holes
History of 20th-century physics
The discovery of black holes is one of the greatest achievements of theoretical physics since it first happened on paper as an inescapable consequence of Einstein’s theory of gravitation. A black hole remains one of the most enigmatic and counter-intuitive consequences of general relativity. Its discovery is a testament to the brilliance of the human mind and a practical example of how nonlinear and inconspicuous science can be. The theoretical discovery of those mysterious objects did not happen on a specific date nor by one particular person. The development of the modern concept of black holes spans over a hundred years, and it was peppered with controversies and impressive breakthroughs. My goal is to understand when, why, and how scientists predicted, searched, and found black holes in space.
Mathematical aspects of quantum gravity
The tricky task of unifying the theory of general relativity with quantum theories is challenging. Among the many suggestions to solve this problem, quantum gravity is a strong contender, investigating how quantum effects affect space-time geometry on small scales. When the universe itself was compressed in a tiny volume in early times, those effects were relevant to the whole cosmos and, thus, essential to understanding our universe's origin and initial evolution. Quantum cosmology investigates this primordial period within the framework of quantum gravity, and my work is to verify the mathematical foundations and cosmological scenarios of those types of models. I am particularly interested in different quantization methods, including the canonical, De Broglie-Bohm and covariant affine quantization.