Hello! I'm Yossef Zenati



I'm a theoretical physicist (astrophysicist).
I received my Ph.D. from the Technion Institute under the supervision of Prof. Hagai Perets.

I'll be moving to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A in October for a Postdoctoral Fellow.

I am interested cover a broad range of topics including mergers of compact objects, transient events, nuclear astrophysics, and turbulence. Much of my research focuses on fundamental aspects of thermonuclear supernovae, compact binary mergers, and fluid mechanics, with turbulence both numerically and analytically/semi-analytical modeling.

I use hydrodynamic simulations on supercomputers to study nuclear burning, turbulent, compact object mergers, including microphysics, interactions, and nuclear reactions.

In my free time, I enjoy climbing mountains and urban walls, also running.
Science is one of my passions, especially mathematics.

Yossef Zenati

PHYSICIST, Postdoctoral JHU Fellow


      Phone:                            Email:

    +972549929586                     oyossefzm@gmail.com





Canada area 960-21, Technion, Haifa 3200003, Israel


PO Box: 311, Abu-Snan village 24905000, North Israel


PhD., Physics

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology


Mechanisms for thermonuclear stellar explosions and the origin of type Ia supernovae


Advisor: Hagai B. Perets


MSc Physics, honors cum laude

TAU - Tel-Aviv University- Faculty of Exact Sciences

The Ejection Binary Stars In Parabolic Orbits By Massive Black Hole


Advisors: Shay Zucker and Amiel Sternberg



Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

BSc Physics and Geo-information engineering


  • The Council for Higher Education (CHE) scholarship                                                                                    2020-2021

  • Council for Higher Education - Technion’s Graduate Student Research                                                     2017-2019     

  • Irwin and Joan Jacobs Excellence Fellowship for outstanding graduate students: Yuhubd and Cohen 2017 

  • Technion’s Graduate Student Research Grant                                                                                               2016

  • Tel-Aviv University- Faculty of Exact Sciences - summa cum laude                                                             2011

  • Technion’s Undergraduate Dean’s list                                                                                                            2007


I work on binary systems made of Neutron Stars (NS) and NS/ White Dwarfs 
(WD)/Black Hole (BH), as well as double White Dwarf systems, and core-collapse of massive, rapidly rotating stars. I study how they form, evolve, and merge, and which transient events they produce. I also work on resolving the critical conditions for deflagration and detonation shock waves.
Currently, I am studying turbulent nuclear burning, which can largely enhance nuclear burning rates and may serve as an additional mechanism for stellar explosions. Moreover, it may power thermonuclear and pair-instability supernovae, liberate the neutrinos in core-collapse supernovae, and synthesize r-process heavy nuclei in kilonovae and collapsars.

Hypotheses are extensive hydrodynamical, thermonuclear, AMR, multidimensional simulations coupled with detailed nuclear reaction networks ( The computational requirements for these MESA, FLASH). In order to explore a large parameter space of initial conditions. The results of these simulations were followed by an analysis of composition using a large-scale nucleosynthetic network – (PPN). These enable us just to calculate the detailed properties of SN’s ejecta. The results of post-processing were also used as an input for modeling the radiative transfer evolution (SuperNu), which is used to provide detailed (light curve/spectra) predictions for the observable properties arising from each theoretical model and chemical composition of SN ejecta.

























In this figure we show a log-log plot of the dimensionless fractional turbulent enhancement in the nuclear burning rate, as a function of the RMS temperature fluctuation on length scale r, normalized to the mean temperature, in the distributed burning regime. The curves shown are for neutrino cooling via the URCA process (solid line), C12 -C12 burning (dashed), and triple-alpha reaction (dot dashed). The inset figure shows the same three curves on the same set of axes, compensated by the factor (1/[n*(n - 1)]). For weak enhancement, the compensated enhancement collapses onto a single curve, demonstrating its universal nature.




































Z_R plot shows the evolution of the WD debris based on FLASH simulations. The panels show the color-coded density distribution and velocity fields (black arrows) throughout the simulation (95 sec). The velocity scale is 4500 km/sec. Magenta lines show the surfaces of constant temperature. (the time-scale in a unit of "0.15 viscous time", so this 6sec actually 34.5 sec)






  • My publications can be found through NASA's ADS (link).

  • Another database is Google Scholar, although not that updated (link).


  •  My ongoing projects are done under the supervision of Prof.Hagai Perets and in collaboration with:

    • Prof. Robert Fisher, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA.

    • Prof. Brian Metzger, Columbia University, New York, USA.

    • Prof. Raffaella Margutti, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.

    • Prof. Anna Frishman, Technion, Haifa, Israel.

    • Associate Faculty Silvia Toonen, University of Birmingham, UK.

    • Associate Faculty Daniel Siegal, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    • Alexey Bobrick, Lund University, Sweden. 

    • Dr. Ruediger Pakmor, Max Planck Institute for AstrophysicsDeutschland. 



Seminar, Technion (IIT), Haifa, Israel, Jun 2020

• Seminar, Tel-Aviv University (TAU), Tel-Aviv, Israel, Dec 2019

White Dwarfs as probes of fundamental physics and tracers of planetary, stellar and galactic evolution  (IAU Symposium 357), Hawaii, USA, Oct 2019


• Compact White Dwarf Binaries (CWDB 2019), Yerevan, Armenia, Sep 2019


• Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae, Lijiang, China, Aug 2019


• The Beginnings and Ends of Double White Dwarfs, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jul 2019


• Technion Physics Graduate project, Haifa, Israel, Jun 2019


• Seminar, University of Maryland, Washington DC, USA, April 2019


• Seminar, Columbia University, New York, USA, Feb 2019


• Seminar, Brown University, Boston, USA, Feb 2019


• Seminar, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Boston, USA, June 2019


• Lunch talk, Columbia University, New York, USA, July 2018

• TAPIR Special Seminar, Caltech, Pasadena CA, USA, July 2018

• Observational Signatures of SN Ia, Leiden, the Netherlands, Feb 2018


• Astronomy Israel day, Jerusalem, Israel, Jan 2018


• The Physics of Extreme - Gravity Stars, Nordita Institute, Stockholm, Sweden, Jun 2017


• Lunch talk, Columbia University, New York, USA, Aug 2016

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