Dr. Yotam Sherf

Minerva Fellow
Astrophysikalische und Kosmologische Relativitätstheorie
Standort Potsdam
+49 331 567-7352


The primary question that motivates me is what can gravitational-wave observations tell us about the nature of black holes, compact objects, and astrophysical phenomena?
My research focuses on understanding the nature of black holes and their event horizon from both quantum and classical aspects. Particularly, I study how deviations from the classical general realtivity modify the binary evolution and the mutual tidal interaction encoded by the Love numbers.
I use current gravitational-wave observations to extract valuable information about the astrophysical properties of these objects. Additionally, I estimate the detectability of beyond GR imprints with the designed space telescope LISA.

Here are links to my publications: from INSPIRE, and from the ADS database.


I'm originally from Israel. I received my M.Sc. in 2018 and my Ph.D. in 2022 from Ben-Gurion University under the supervision of Prof. Ram Brustein. During my M.Sc. I studied the hyperbolicity of higher derivative correction terms to the Einstein-Hilbert action, in  my Ph.D. I focused on various tests of general relativity, my thesis title was "Probing the nature of the horizon with black holes out of equilibrium". I started my postdoc at the AEI in October 2023 as a Minerva fellow.

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