PhD: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011)
Research Area: Evolution of Close Compact Binaries, Common Envelope Phase, Cataclysmic Variables, SNe Ia progenitors, Planets Around Evolved Binaries
Telephone: (+56 32) 299 5556
email: mzorotovic at dfa.uv.cl
About my research: My work is focused on the simulation of close compact binary stars, and the comparison of these with observational data. The aim is to achieve a better understanding of the common envelope phase, a phase that most of these stars undergo, which is a clue for understanding the evolution of some of the most interesting objects in the universe, such as type Ia supernovae, cataclysmic variables, or close double white dwarfs, to name a few. In addition, the recently suggested possibility of planets around evolved close compact binaries has raised the interest in knowing how they might have formed.