In making the announcement, PI’s Director Neil Turok said, "We are very pleased to welcome these very talented young scientists to Perimeter. Dr. Broderick is an outstanding astrophysicist who recently produced the first conclusive evidence for the existence of the event horizon of the black hole in the centre of our galaxy, and obtained evidence that it is spinning. Dr. Yavin is a leader in confronting particle physics theories with experimental data, an area brimming with possibility as new data come flooding in from the Large Hadron Collider."
Avery Broderick will join Perimeter as an Associate Faculty member in theoretical astrophysics, and will hold a joint appointment with the University of Waterloo. Dr. Broderick completed his PhD at Caltech in 2004, under the supervision of Prof. Roger Blandford. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2004-2007, and then a Senior Research Associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) from 2007-2011.
Dr. Broderick has broad interests in astrophysics, ranging from how stars form to the extreme physics in the vicinity of white dwarfs, neutron stars, and black holes. He has recently been part of an international effort to produce and interpret horizon-resolving images of a handful of supermassive black holes. With these, Dr. Broderick and his collaborators study how black holes accrete matter, launch the ultra-relativistic outflows observed, and probe the nature of gravity in their vicinity.
Itay Yavin will join Perimeter as an Associate Faculty member in particle physics, and will hold a joint appointment with McMaster University in Hamilton. Dr. Yavin completed his PhD in 2006 at Harvard University under the supervision of Nima Arkani-Hamed, who is a PI Distinguished Research Chair. After completing his PhD, he was a Research Associate in the Department of Physics at Princeton University from 2006-2009. Prior to coming to PI, Dr. Yavin was a James Arthur Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Physics at New York University.
Dr. Yavin’s research focuses on particle physics and the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. In particular, he is interested in the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking and the nature of dark matter. Most recently he has worked on interpreting puzzling data coming from experiments looking for dark matter in the lab.
Both Dr. Broderick and Dr. Yavin will join the Institute in September 2011.