Prof. Asaf Pe’er (On Leave)

Associate Professor


Physics Department,
University College Cork,

Tel: +(353)-21-490-2594
Fax: +(353)-21-427-6949


Field of Research

Theoretical astrophysics, with focus on high energy astrophysics, relativistic plasma astrophysics, astroparticle physics and physics of transient objects.Multiwavelength and multimessenger emission models in compact objects, in particular the prompt phase of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), X-ray binaries (XRBs) and active galactic nuclei (AGNs); Nuclear processes and sources of high energy cosmic rays; Relativistic gas dynamics. Tidal disruption events.

Academic Positions

Present: Lecturer, Physics Department, University College Cork (UCC), Cork, Ireland.
2010 – 2012 Research Associate, Institute of Theory and Computation, Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, MA.
2007 – 2010: Riccardo Giacconi Fellow, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore,MD.
2004 – 2007: Postdoctoral Fellow, Astronomical Institute “Anton Pannekoek”, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2005 – 2006: Long term visitor, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. Host: Peter M ́esz ́aros
1999 – 2004: Ph.D. student, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel


2004 Ph.D. High energy Astrophysics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
Adviser: Prof. Eli Waxman
1999 M.Sc. in Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Advisers: Prof. Moshe Shapiro, Weizmann Institute of Science; Dr. Yehuda Nachshon, IADA; Prof. Uri Oppenheim, Technion.
1993 B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Honors and Awards

2007 The Riccardo Giacconi Fellowship award, STScI
1990 Participant in “Talpiot program”, Israel