General Relativity — Einstein’s theory of gravity — predicts many fascinating phenomena, such as black holes and gravitational waves, whose existence has spectacularly been confirmed recently. It also provides the basis to our understanding of the Universe and its evolution at the largest scales. The standard cosmological model has been developed into a very accurate theory of the dynamics of the Universe, both at the largest observable distances and back in time to almost its very beginning. [+]
ICCUB researchers work in a broad spectrum of directions in gravitation and theoretical cosmology. Research is focused on: black holes in most of its aspects; inflationary models, cosmology of the early and present universe, and semiclassical gravity; holography in quantum gravity and the gauge/gravity correspondence.