Ulisses Barres de Almeida


As a young person Ulisses Barres de Almeida engaged in fencing lessons while pursuing his passion for physics and graduated from the University of São Paulo. He earned his master’s in astronomy at the same university.  He then earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics at Durham University in England. His scholarly pursuits continued with a post-doctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Germany.

Despite the intellectual rigor his research demands, Ulisses finds studying languages to be a form of relaxation. He is fluent in nearly all romance languages, along with English, and has a basic understanding of German and Russian. Despite his extensive scientific background, Ulisses sees no conflict between his faith and his profession. As a practicing Catholic, he firmly believes in the significance of religion in his life.


Astrophysics with Multi-Messengers and the Origin of the Most Energetic Cosmic Rays in the Universe
Science / Physics

The dawn of multi-messenger astrophysics heralds a new era in our cosmic quest, ushering in an unprecedented means of understanding the cosmos not only through the familiar medium of light but also through the enigmatic messengers of gravitational waves and neutrinos. This profound advancement has unlocked the doors to previously inaccessible astrophysical phenomena, empowering us to delve into fundamental questions that have long perplexed humanity. Among these enigmas lies the origin of cosmic rays, high-energy charged particles that permeate the cosmos, defying our current understanding of celestial processes. Neutrinos, elusive elementary particles born from the interactions of these cosmic rays, hold the key to unraveling this mystery. Yet, their ephemeral nature has hindered their detection, until now. By harnessing the power of data science to seamlessly integrate the information gleaned from these newly discovered astrophysical neutrinos with catalogs of sources observed across the vast electromagnetic spectrum, we are charting the most promising path towards unraveling this centuries-old cosmic conundrum.

Amount invested

R$ 100.000,00

Open Calls

Science Call 2
  • Topics
  • astrophysics
  • Cosmic rays
  • Multi-messenger astrophysics