Sebastian Murk

Office: Lab 4, E25f
Email: sebastian.murk[at]

Ph.D. Theoretical Physics (2022)

Sydney Quantum Academy
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia*

M.Sc. Physics (2017)

Lund University, Sweden
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany*

B.Sc. Physics (2016)

University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany*

*Degree awarding institution

Research interests: black holes, quantum gravity, semiclassical gravity, modified gravity, quantum information theory.

List of publications:  arXiv / INSPIRE HEP / Google Scholar / ResearchGateORCID iD

Selected publications


R. B. Mann, S. Murk, and D. R. Terno 
Black holes and their horizons in semiclassical and modified theories of gravity 
Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 31, 2230015 (2022) [arXiv:2112.06515]


M. Hotta and S. Murk
Probability vector representation of the Schrödinger equation and Leggett-Garg-type experiments
Phys. Rev. A 109, 062224 (2024) [arXiv:2312.16281] [Code:;
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S. Murk and I. Soranidis 
Kinematic and energy properties of dynamical regular black holes 
Phys. Rev. D 108, 124007 (2023) [arXiv:2309.06002]

S. Murk and I. Soranidis
Regular black holes and the first law of black hole mechanics
Phys. Rev. D 108, 044002 (2023) [arXiv:2304.05421]

S. Murk
Nomen non est omen: Why it is too soon to identify ultra-compact objects as black holes 
Int. J. Mod. Phys. D 32, 2342012 (2023) [arXiv:2210.03750]

S. Murk
Physical black holes in fourth-order gravity
Phys. Rev. D 105, 044051 (2022) [arXiv:2110.14973] [Code:]

S. Murk and D. R. Terno
Spherically symmetric black holes in metric gravity 
Phys. Rev. D 104, 064048 (2021) [arXiv:2012.11209]

S. Murk and D. R. Terno
Universal properties of the near-horizon geometry 
Phys. Rev. D 103, 064082 (2021) [arXiv:2010.03784]

S. Murk and I. Soranidis
Light rings and causality for nonsingular ultracompact objects sourced by nonlinear electrodynamics [arXiv:2406.07957]

A. Hahn, S. Murk, S. Singh, and G. K. Brennen
Categorical Quantum Volume Operator [arXiv:2406.02111]


Australian Institute of Physics Bragg Gold Medal for Excellence in Physics - New South Wales State Branch Nominee (2023)
Australian Institute of Physics Postgraduate Excellence in Physics Award (2020)
Future STEM Leaders Transformation Award (2018)

Sydney Quantum Academy Scholarship (2020-2022)
International Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (2018-2022)
European Union Erasmus+ Scholarship (2016-2017)