Vitor Cardoso is a Research Scientist at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal and an Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Mississippi, where he is currently also a Fulbright scholar. He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Coimbra University, Washington University in St. Louis, and at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include gravitational-wave source modelling and detection with earth- and space-based detectors. He is currently also very much interested in the understanding of gravitational effects in trans-Planckian collisions of particles and black holes and in analogue models for gravity.
From the nucleus to black holes, the model of a spinning liquid drop can describe the physics of a large number of systems. With diamagnetic levitation, it is possible to accurately study the many shapes a rapidly rotating liquid drop can take and compare the results against theoretical predictions.