Welcome to the website of Black Holes Are Forever, a conference celebrating José Pizarro de Sande e Lemos' 60th Birthday, completed in November 18, 2017.
The scientific event will be held on 5-6 February 2018 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here you can find all relevant informations about the conference and the venue.
Black holes are now at the center stage of astrophysics and fundamental physics. They are made of pure gravitation and offer a gamut of instances where physical processes in the vicinity of the horizon, involving either fluids or quantum fields, can be tested and observed. Their existence has now been put beyond conjecture with the detection of gravitational waves generated by the collision of these objects and the corresponding award of the 2017 Physics Nobel Prize for the three LIGO stars. But there are still outstanding open issues to be solved in black hole physics, perhaps the most important one being what is the inside of a black hole made of, and if it contains a spacetime singularity how does it unfold.
José P. S. Lemos is a distinguished researcher that works in black holes physics and astrophysics. He undergraduated and took the MSc in Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, did his PhD in the University of Cambridge, got his first position at Observatório Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, and is now professor at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.
The goal of the conference is to promote, strengthen and disseminate the research on black holes, focusing in, but not restricted to, José's contributions.
We will also commemorate two historical dates. First, 100 years of Einstein's second paper on gravitational waves in which he deduced the correct quadrupole formula, his first 1916 paper had an incorrect monopole formula. Second, 50 years of black holes, as in 1968, Wheeler put the name black holes for the first time in a paper. thus entitling the astro and gravitational physicists to use it freely.
Venue: Amphitheater of Observatório Nacional do Rio de Janeiro
Address: Rua General José Cristino 77, 20921-400, São Cristovão, Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Dates: 5 and 6 February, 10:00 to 18:00, see program
Commemorations: 5 February, 20:00 Conference Soiree at Nelson Pinto's
6 February, 20:00 Conference Dinner at Patricia Souza's
Claudio Bastos (ON)
Júlio Fabris (UFES)
Nelson Pinto Neto (CBPF)
Santiago Bergliaffa (UERJ)