Prof. Yaron Oz

School of Physics and Astronomy
Faculty of Exact Sciences
ביה"ס לפיזיקה ואסטרונומיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Yaron Oz
Phone: 03-6408223
Another phone: 03-6408695
Fax: 03-6407174
Office: Senate Building, 217


Prof. Yaron Oz works on diverse aspects of Quantum Field Theories, Gravity and Strings. These include the holographic relation between quantum field theories, quantum gravity, black hole hydrodynamics, conformal field theories and turbulence. In recent years Professor Oz proposed an analytical solution to the long-standing problem of turbulence. Most fluid motions in our universe are turbulent. However, despite centuries of research we still lack an analytical description and understanding of fluid flows in the non-linear regime. Turbulence is considered as the most important unsolved problem of classical physics. The turbulent incompressible fluid flows exhibit highly complex spatial and temporal intermittent structures.  When considering their statistical average properties, a universal structure is revealed in the inertial range of scales that exhibits homogeneity, isotropy and anomalous scalings. Based on his work in the field of black hole hydrodynamics, he proposed a field theory description of steady state incompressible fluid turbulence at the inertial range of scales, and constructed an analytical formula to calculate them. Prof. Oz is working with experimentalists and computational fluid dynamics researchers in order to verify his proposal.  His theory can be generalized to other important systems including superfluids and magneto-hydrodynamics, which he is currently considering with his graduate students. While constructing his turbulence field theory, he also discovered a new class of higher-dimensional generalizations of the famous two-dimensional Liouville conformal field theory and he is currently studying them together with his graduate students.


  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering, Technion, 1987

  • B.Sc. Physics, Technion, 1987

  • M.Sc. Physics, Technion, 1989

  • Ph.D. Physics, Technion, 1991

Academic Appointments

  • Research Associate, UC Berkeley, USA 1996-1998

  • Staff Member, Theory Division CERN, 1998-2002

  • Professor of Physics, Tel Aviv University, 2001-today

  • Head, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, 2006-2011

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, UT Austin, USA, 2005

  • Invited Visiting Professor, Jussieu Paris, France, 2000, 2004, 2010

  • Dean, Raymond and Beverly Faculty of Exact Sciences, 2011-2015

  • Invited Visiting Professor, College de France, Paris, France, 2011

  • Invited Visiting Professor, Ecole Normal, Paris, France, 2013

  • President of the Israel Physical Society, 2014-2017

  • Chairman of the National Committee for Pure and Applied Sciences, 2015

  • Rector, Tel Aviv University, 2015

  • External Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institution, 2017-today

Awards and Prizes

  • President honor in Electrical Engineering, Technion, 1987

  • President honor in Physics, Technion, 1987

  • Gutwirth Prize, Technion, 1990

  • Kenndy Leigh Prize, Technion, 1990

  • Director General Prize, CERN, 2000

  • Alon Fellowship, Israel, 2001

  • ISF Centers of Excellence, since 2001

  • Yuval Neeman Chair in Physics, 2008

  • College de France Medal, 2013

  • I-Core "The Quantum Universe", 2013-2018

  • The Alexander von Humboldt Award, 2015

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