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Theo Torres

After following an education in theoretical physics with a focus on black holes, cosmology, and quantum field theory, I followed the idea of logical positivism and investigated these subjects from an experimental point of view. As a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, I conducted experiments to mimic black hole physics in a wavetank, resulting in the observation of superradiance and light-ring mode oscillation around a vortex flow. My research aims at using condensed matter systems in the form of analogue models of gravitational settings as a source of inspiration to deepen our understanding of classical and quantum fields in curved space-times.


Employment history
Since 2021
PDRA at King's College of London
2020 - 2021
PDRA at the University of Nottingham
2019 - 2020
PDRA at the University of Sheffield
2016 - 2019
PhD studies at the University of Nottingham. Supervisor: Silke Weinfurtner
2013 - 2015
Master studies in Theoretical physics at Université Paris Diderot/Paris VII and Ecole Normale Supérieure
2010 - 2013
Bsc in Theoretical Physics and Mathematics at Université Paris Diderot/Paris VII


Estimate of the superradiance spectrum in dispersive mediaT. Torres, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 378: 20190236 (2020)
Quasinormal Mode Oscillations in an Analogue Black Hole ExperimentT. Torres, S. Patrick, M. Richartz, and S. Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. Lett. 125, 011301 (2019)
Analogue Black Hole Spectroscopy; or, how to listen to dumb holesT. Torres, S. Patrick, M. Richartz, and S. Weinfurtner, Class. Quantum Grav. 36 (2019) 194002
Analog cosmology with two-fluid systems in a strong gradient magnetic fieldZ. Fifer, T. Torres, S. Erne, A. Avgoustidis, R. J. A. Hill, and S. Weinfurtner, Phys. Rev. E 99, 0311010(R) (2019)
Waves on a vortex: rays, rings and resonancesT. Torres, A. Coutant, S. Dolan, and S. Weinfurtner, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 857, 291-311 (2017)
Observation of superradiance in a vortex flowT.Torres, S. Patrick, A. Coutant, M. Richartz, E. Tedford, and S. Weinfurtner., Nature Phys. 13, 833 (2017)