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dr. A. (Alejandra) Castro Anich

Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science
Photographer: Linda Uruchurtu

Visiting address
  • Science Park 904
  • Room number:C4.274
Postal address
  • Postbus 94485
    1090 GL Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research Interest

    My research focus is on classical and quantum gravity. Explaining  the microscopic origin of  black hole thermodynamics is an important aspect of my work, and tied to it is the emergence of classical spacetime in quantum gravity. On larger scales, understanding the metastability of an inflationary universe and cosmological singularities is another facet of my research.

    A common obstacle is the lack of a pragmatic definition of observables appropriate for quantum gravity. Holography is a promising framework for resolving this obstacle. My strategy is to craft toy models that are manageable but still preserve key features of general relativity. Understanding fundamental aspects of quantum gravity using holography forms the centerpiece of my research.

  • Brief History

    I was born and raised in Chile. In 2004 I finished my Bachelor's degree at Universidad Catolica de Chile. My compass then aimed north, and in 2009 I received my PhD from the University of Michigan. After that I was a postdoc at McGill University (2009-2012) and then at Harvard University (2012-2013). And currently I am an Associate Professor in ITFA at UvA. 

  • Publications








    Talk / presentation

    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Lectures on Higher Spin Gravity, lectures, Cargese Summer Institute, 9-13 June 2014..
    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Higher Spin Holography: a new perspective on black holes and locality, HEP-GR Colloquium, DAMTP, Cambridge University, UK, 26 February 2014..
    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Lectures on Higher Spin Gravity, lecturer, Instituto Galego de Fisica de Altas Enerxias, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 28-30 April 2014..
    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Holographic entanglement entropy and gravitational anomalies, ESF network HoloGrav, Reykjavik, Iceland, 18-22 August 2014..
    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Black hole thermodynamics revisited, Workshop:Emergent Spacetime in String Theory, Aspen Center of Physics, Aspen, 29 July 2014..
    • Castro, A. (invited speaker) (2014). Lectures on Black Hole Thermodynamics, lectureruva/nwi/itf/01, Institute of Theoretical Physics, KU Leuven, Belgium, 2-6 June 2014..


    • Cohen Maldonado, D. B. (2019). Black holes and vacua in string theory: A non-supersymmetric study. [details]


    • Llabrés Llambías, E. M. (2018). The holographic correspondence: Probing bulk gravitational physics with Wilson lines and geodesic Witten diagrams. [details]
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