Smadar Naoz

  • Associate Professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy
  • UCLA

Smadar Naoz is an associate professor at the Department of Physics & Astronomy, UCLA in the Division of Astronomy and Astrophysics. She received her PhD from Tel Aviv University. She is also the Howard and Astrid Preston Term Chair in Astrophysics, and a member of the Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics. Her research encompasses a broad range of topics in theoretical astrophysics with an emphasis on dynamical research problems from cosmology to black holes, Gravitational wave sources, stars, and extrasolar planets.


  • Gravitational Wave Sources at the Heart of Galaxies

    Gravitational-wave emissions are small ripples in the fabric of spacetime that are emitted when two masses accelerate toward each other. The detections of gravitational-wave emission from two colliding black holes by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) transformed the way we sense our Universe and raised many puzzles in understanding how black holes meet. Smadar […]