My name is Pedro Naethe Motta and I’m a graduate (M.Sc.) student at IAG – USP. I’ve recently graduated in physics at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) in beautiful Rio de Janeiro.
As most undergraduate physics students, I started my journey aiming to understand and study astrophysics. At first, I didn’t have the chance to do that, so I worked in a project about “chaotic dynamical systems” in the mathematics department, deviating from the original plan.
In the meantime, I found out that I didn’t want to pursue this academical journey. I undertook a semester in General Relativity and reached out to my professor, who gave me the opportunity to work and build my undergraduate thesis in astrophysics. My thesis was about the tidal effects in a neutron stars’ binary system and how these effects can help to unravel mysteries of how matter behave in neutron stars’ interior. Since then, I’m passionate about General Relativity and astrophysics.
I’m recently starting my journey at the IAG’s Black Hole Group, studying state transitions in black hole binaries using General Relativity Magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD) under the supervision of Professor Rodrigo Nemmen.