Hector Okada da Silva


I am a recent graduate from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Mississippi where I worked under the supervision of Emanuele Berti. I will join the eXtreme Gravity Institute, as a postdoctoral associate and work with Nicolas Yunes. Previously, 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 Profs. Danilo T. Alves and Carlos Farina.

I am a theoretical physicist and my main research interest is in the structure and dynamics of neutron stars, as laboratories to probe the strong field regime of Einstein's general theory of relativity. More recently, I have been exploring black hole solutions and their properties in modified theories of gravity. In my youth, I investigated how one can create particles from the quantum vacuum -- a phenomenon called dynamical Casimir effect.