Dr. Richard Brito

Am Mühlenberg 1

14476 Potsdam-Golm

Dr. Richard Brito

Dr. Richard Brito

Dr. Richard Brito


Junior Scientist/Postdoc


  • +49 331 567-7238


  • +49 331 567-7298



Main Focus

My research is mainly focused in using perturbative methods to study how fundamental fields behave in regions of strong-gravity. In particular, I'm currently interested in the role that black holes may play to investigate ultra-light dark matter candidates, such as axions, due to a phenomenon called the superradiant instability. I am also interested in several other aspects of gravity, such as black-hole perturbation theory, gravitational-wave astrophysics and modified theories of gravity.

Links to my publications on INSPIRE and on the ADS database.

Curriculum Vitae

I completed my Ph.D. in physics between 2013 and 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Vitor Cardoso and Dr. Paolo Pani, at the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal. The main topic of my Ph.D. thesis was on phenomenological aspects of fundamental fields around black holes. In September 2016, I joined the AEI to start my first postdoc.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Astrophysical and Cosmological Relativity
  • Location Potsdam
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