Asimina Arvanitaki

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Stavros Niarchos Foundation Aristarchus Chair in Theoretical Physics
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Areas of research:
If you are interested in working with me as a PhD student, please first apply to the PSI masters program.
The Standard Model of particle physics, developed more than 30 years ago, successfully describes phenomena from subatomic to galactic scales and have been experimentally tested to a precision of twelve decimals. Nevertheless, it remains incomplete: Why is gravity so weak? What is the nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy? Are there any other forces beyond the four known interactions? These are only a few of the questions particle theory tries to address. These answers come from experiment. While for the past 50 years collider physics and large scale projects have been driving the successes of the Standard Model, there are several opportunities coming from new techniques from other fields of physics. My research is drawing together ideas from these developments to propose novel theoretical ideas to such longstanding problems, and to build bridges to experimentalists, combining ingenuity with new technologies to develop experimental tests that can probe otherwise-inaccessible phenomena.
  • Aristarchus Chair for Theoretical Physics, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2016-2025
  • Research Faculty, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, 2014-2018
  • Research Associate, SITP Stanford University, 2013-2014
  • Postdoctoral fellow, SITP Stanford University, 2011-2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Berkeley and LBNL, 2008-2011
  • 2023 Loeb Lectures in Physics, Harvard University, 2023
  • 2022 CAP-TRIUMF Vogt Medal, Canadian Association of Physicists, 2022
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Grant, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 2017-2023
  • International Sciacca Award in Physics, Giuseppe Sciacca Foundation, Italy, 2017
  • 2017 New Horizons in Physics Prize, Breakthrough Prize Foundation, 2017
  • 2106 Outstanding Achievement Under 40 Years of Age Award, Hellenic Heritage Foundation, Canada, 2016
  • Early Researcher Award, Government of Ontario, 2016
  • Arvanitaki, A., & Dimopoulos, S. (n.d.). Cosmic neutrino background on the surface of the Earth. Physical Review D, 108(4). doi:10.1103/physrevd.108.043517
  • Arvanitaki, A., & Dimopoulos, S. (2023). A Diffraction Grating for the Cosmic Neutrino Background and Dark Matter. arxiv:2303.04814v1
  • Arvanitaki, A., & Dimopoulos, S. (2022). The Cosmic Neutrino Background on the Surface of the Earth. arxiv:2212.00036v2
  • Chiles, J., Charaev, I., Lasenby, R., Baryakhtar, M., Huang, J., Roshko, A., . . . Berggren, K. K. (n.d.). New Constraints on Dark Photon Dark Matter with Superconducting Nanowire Detectors in an Optical Haloscope. Physical Review Letters, 128(23). doi:10.1103/physrevlett.128.231802
  • Arvanitaki, A., Madden, A., & Tilburg, K. V. (2021). The Piezoaxionic Effect. arxiv:2112.11466v2
  • Arvanitaki, A., Dimopoulos, S., Galanis, M., Racco, D., Simon, O., & Thompson, J. O. (n.d.). Dark QED from inflation. Journal of High Energy Physics, 2021(11). doi:10.1007/jhep11(2021)106
  • Lohmeyer, C., Aggarwal, N., Arvanitaki, A., Brown, A., Fang, A., Geraci, A. A., . . . Weisman, E. (2020). Source mass characterization in the ARIADNE axion experiment. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-43761-9
  • Arvanitaki, A., Dimopoulos, S., Galanis, M., Lehner, L., Thompson, J. O., & Van Tilburg, K. (n.d.). Large-misalignment mechanism for the formation of compact axion structures: Signatures from the QCD axion to fuzzy dark matter. Physical Review D, 101(8). doi:10.1103/physrevd.101.083014
  • Lohmeyer, C., Aggarwal, N., Arvanitaki, A., Brown, A., Fang, A., Geraci, A. A., . . . Voigt, J. (2020). Source Mass Characterization in the ARIADNE Axion Experiment. Unknown Journal, 71-81. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-43761-9_9
  • The piezoaxionic effect, 2023/08/23
  • “New directions in the hunt for new physics, 2023/06/14
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230313, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/13, PIRSA:23030060
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230310, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/10, PIRSA:23030059
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230308, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/08, PIRSA:23030058
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230306, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/06, PIRSA:23030057
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230303, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/03, PIRSA:23030056
  • Particle Physics Lecture - 230301, Particle Physics (2022/2023), 2023/03/01, PIRSA:23030055
  • The piezoaxionic effect, 2023/02/02
  • The piezoaxionic effect, 2022/12/06
  • The piezoaxionic effect, 2022/11/22
  • Probing ultralight bosons with black hole superradiance, 2022/11/15
  • The Cosmic Neutrino Background on the surface of the Earth, 2022/10/20
  • Panel Session: Luck vs Grit, The Day of Discovery, 2022/10/20, PIRSA:22100068
  • Fluctuation-Dissipation theorem, School on Table-Top Experiments for Fundamental Physics, 2022/09/23, PIRSA:22090026
  • Welcome & Opening Remarks, School on Table-Top Experiments for Fundamental Physics, 2022/09/19, PIRSA:22090001
  • The Piezoaxionic Effect, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2022/05/01
  • The Piezoaxionic Effect, University of Cambridge, UK (Online), 2022/03/01
  • New Directions in the hunt for new physics, Institute Quantique, Sherbrooke, Quebec, 2021/11/01
  • Irreducible Contributions to the Dark Sector Abundance, Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, New York University, 2020/11/01