Achilleas Porfyriadis

Achilleas Porfyriadis

Fellow, Black Hole Initiative
Achilleas Porfyriadis

My research interests are in theoretical gravitational physics and I am interested in both classical and quantum aspects of gravity. The main goal of my research is to use holography to make predictions that ultimately can be tested by astrophysical observations. To this end, I am using gravitational techniques from holographic dualities to inform the study of astrophysical black holes. The approach has rendered feasible a large number of analytic computations of relevant black hole processes that could not otherwise be performed, sometimes not even numerically.

I grew up in Tbilisi, Georgia and Thessaloniki, Greece. I received my B.S. in 2010 from MIT and my PhD in 2016 from Harvard. Thereafter, I was a  postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara prior to joining the Black Hole Initiative in 2019.

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