David Fonseca Mota

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Phone +47-22857581
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Visiting address Sem Sælands vei 13 Svein Rosselands hus 0371 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1029 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

  • Computational Cosmology
  • Numerical Simulations
  • Theoretical cosmology
  • Dark energy
  • Cosmology of high energy physics beyond the Standard Model of Particle Physics
  • Cosmology of gravity models beyond General Relativity

Higher education and employment history

2011-present: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University Oslo - Professor

2009: Visiting Associate Astronomer, LUTH, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon 

2006-2008: Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Heidelberg - Research Fellow

2007: Visiting Post-Doctoral Researcher, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 

2004-2006: Astrophysics, University of Oxford - Post-Doctoral Researcher

2004: Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge - PhD in Mathematics

1999: DAMTP, University of Cambridge,– Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics - MASt (PART III Mathematical Tripos)


Editorial Board:

  • The Open Nuclear & Particle Physics Journal
  • The Open Astronomy Journal
  • International Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Grant Assessor, Councilor & Panel Member:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF), USA
  • ERC Advanced Grants, EU
  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office, Belgium
  • Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • National Research Foundation, South Africa
  • Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Greece


  • M. Thorsrud, PhD Student
  • H. Winther, PhD Student (in Oxford from October 2013)
  • M. Sandstad, PhD Student
  • P. Santos, PhD Student

Grants and awards

  • PI: FRINAT, "Cosmological Probes of Modified Gravity" (7 M NOK)
  • Host: 10 YGGDRASIL Fellowships, Norwegian Research Council (1 M NOK)
  • Abel Extraordinary Chair, Spain 
  • Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship, Germany
Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cosmology, High Energy Physics, Modified Gravity Theories, Simulations, Euclid, Computational Astrophysics


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  • Ho, Alex; Mota, David & Falck, Bridget Lynn (2018). Probing Modified Gravity in Cosmic Filaments.
  • Seiff Ellewsen, Thor Andreas; Falck, Bridget Lynn & Mota, David (2018). Degeneracies between Modified Gravity and Baryonic Physics.
  • Valberg, Pål; Elgarøy, Øystein & Mota, David (2018). On the theory of dark matter superfluidity.
  • Forfang, Peder & Mota, David (2017). Kinetic screening of fields and stability of NEC violating configurations.
  • Ivarsen, Magnus Fagernes; Lilje, Per Barth & Mota, David (2016). Distinguishing screening mechanisms with environment-dependent velocity statistics.
  • Lindroos, Jan; Sandaker, Heidi; Mota, David & Osland, Per (2016). Beyond the Standard Models. Supersymmetric Parameter Scans & Waves in Modified Gravity.
  • Fauli, Robert Olav & Mota, David (2015). Distinguishing between gravity theories with galaxy peculiar velocity statistics.
  • Mota, David & Hagala, Robert (2015). Cosmological simulations with disformally coupled symmetron fields.
  • Urban, Federico; Mota, David & Thorsrud, Mikjel (2014). Bubble observers in Bubbland [ARISF, Paris, pp. 255-258 (2014)].

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Published Nov. 3, 2010 3:20 PM - Last modified July 15, 2018 12:57 PM