One of Israel’s most prominent astrophysicists, Professor Ehud Behar has carved out a niche in the field of high-energy astrophysical phenomena, investigating some of the most violent events in the universe such as black holes, supernova remnants, gamma-ray bursts, and stellar winds. He is interested in detecting and characterizing plasma under extreme conditions, for example, before it falls into a black hole, when it is launched to sub-luminal speeds, or when it is shock heated to millions of degrees.
Currently, Prof. Behar is leading the development of GALI, a gamma-ray burst localizing instrument, expected to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) later this year as part of the Ramon Foundation and the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology’s “Rakia Mission.” GALI is an innovative system for localizing gamma-ray bursts. GALI is composed of hundreds of small sensors, arranged in a random 3D array, and promises to be more precise in its directional capabilities than earlier, much larger detectors. These capabilities will allow astronomers around the world to aim their telescopes at the event and study the eruption.
Raised in Jerusalem, Prof. Behar earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics (magna cum laude), his master’s degree in physics (magna cum laude), his LLB undergraduate law degree, and doctorate (summa cum laude) in physics — all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He conducted postdoctoral research at Columbia University before joining the Technion Faculty of Physics in 2002. He has served as a Senior NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland at College Park.