Prof. Ehud Nakar

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Prof. Ehud Nakar
Phone: 03-6405385
Fax: 03-6408179
Office: Kaplun, 110


Main field of interest is high-energy astrophysics and in particular the physical processes that are active in sources of high energy radiation, cosmic-rays, neutrinos and gravitational waves.


Among the astrophysical phenomena that are being explored are gamma-ray bursts, supernovae and soft gamma-repeaters. Physical processes that are studied include colissionless and radiation mediated shocks, shock breakouts, particle acceleration, relativistic hydrodynamics and radiative transfer. In the past he also studied topics in complex systems and nonlinear dynamics. 


  • B.Sc, Physics and Computer Science (Summa Cum Laude), Hebrew University, Amirim program for outstanding students, 1996-1998

  • M.Sc, Physics, (Magna Cum Laude) Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 1999-2000

  • Ph.D., Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, 2001-2004

Academic Appointments

  • Marie Curie Fellow, Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, 2004

  • Senior Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 2005-2008

  • Senior Lecturer of Physics & Astronomy , Tel Aviv University, 2009-2011

  • Visiting Associate in Astrophysics (Summer appointments), California Institute of Technology, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

  • Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, 2012-Present

Awards and Prizes

  • Member of the Israei Young Academy, 2012-Present

  • European Research Council  (ERC)  starting independent grant, 2012-2016

  • The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair for young scientists, 2011

  • Israeli Physical Society (IPS) Prize for a Young Physicist (shared with A. Gal-Yam), 2011

  • Alon fellowship to outstanding young faculty, 2009

  • Sherman Fairchild Senior Research Fellowship - a 6-year research associate scholarship, 2005-2008

  • European Union Murie Curie Fellowship for outstanding doctoral students, 2004

  • The International Dan David Scholarship for outstanding doctoral students, 2003

  • The Horwitz prize - 3 year scholarship for outstanding Ph.d. students, 2002-2004

  • The Wolf prize for outstanding M.Sc students, 2000

  • Israeli parliament (Kneset) award for outstanding students, 1997,1998

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