dr. Roman Konoplya


Brief resume


I received a Bachelor degree from Oles Honchar Dnipro National University (1996) in Ukraine and, after almost 6 years of non-academic works in Ukraine, a Ph.D. degree from VNIIMS, Moscow, in 2004. Then i spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in University of Sao Paulo (USP, Brazil) and two years in Kyoto University (Japan). After that i worked three years as a senior researcher in Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, three years in DAMTP of University of Cambridge and one year and a half in Institut für Theoretische Physik, Goethe-Universität.
During that time i won a number of research grants and fellowships of FAPESP, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Marie Curie actions (twice), Alexander von Humboldt fellowship and its alumni grant and others. I serve as a referee for about 25 scientific international journals (two of which, Physics Letters B and European Physical Journal C, marked me as a distinguished referee), and for a number of scientific funds, such as European Commission, Austrian Science Fund, National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development of Chile (FONDECYT) and others. Nowadays i am a researcher in the Silesian University in Opava and the principal investigator of the GACR project “Testing Strong Gravity via Black Holes ”.

Research interest

I am interested in an area which can be called “particles and fields in the vicinity of black holes and
other compact objects”. This includes various aspects of classical and quantum radiation of black
holes, quaisnormal modes, stability and spectra of black holes, wormholes and stars, gravitational
lensing and shadows cast by black holes. Perturbations of black holes and their quasinormal modes
are important not only in astrophysics, but also in the context of guage/gravity duality. I also work
on the general parametrization of black holes and finding analytical approximations for black-hole
solutions known only numerically. This is essential for testing/constraining alternative theories of
gravity via comparison of observable effects in the gravitational and electromagnetic spectra with
predictions of theory.


General Relativity - (2013, postgraduate students, in English);
Co-supervisor of Marco Antonio Cuyubamba Espinoza - currently Ph. D student in Universidade
Federal do ABC (UFABC), Santo André-SP, Brazil.

List of  selected articles

  • R. A. Konoplya, L. Rezzolla, A. Zhidenko, “General parametrization of axisymmetric black
    holes in metric theories of gravity”
  • R.A. Konoplya, A. Zhidenko, “Quasinormal modes of black holes:
    From astrophysics to string theory”
  • R.A. Konoplya, A. Zhidenko, “Long life of Gauss-Bonnet corrected black holes”
  • R.A. Konoplya, A. Zhidenko, “Holographic conductivity of zero temperature
  • R.A. Konoplya, A. Zhidenko, “Instability of higher dimensional charged black holes in the
    de-Sitter world”
  • R.A. Konoplya, “Quasinormal behavior of the d-dimensional Schwarzschild black hole and
    higher order WKB approach”
  • R.A. Konoplya, “Quasinormal modes of a small Schwarzschild-anti-de Sitter black holes”
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