Hector Okada da Silva


I am postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Physics, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign working with Nicolás Yunes.

I received my PhD (2017) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Mississippi, under the supervision of Emanuele Berti. Further back in time, I was a student at the Universidade Federal do Pará in Belém, Brazil, where I earned my Bachelor's (2008) and Master's (2011) degrees in Physics under supervision of Danilo T. Alves and Carlos Farina.

As a theoretical physicist my main research interest is in the properties of neutron stars and black holes as laboratories to learn about fundamental gravitational physics. In my youth, I investigated how one can create particles from the quantum vacuum, a phenomenon called dynamical Casimir effect.