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Asimina Arvanitaki

Portrait de Asimina Arvanitaki
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Aristarchus Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute

Area of Research:
Email: aarvanitaki@perimeterinstitute.ca
Phone: x7510

Research Interests

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.


  • New Horizons Prize 2017, Breakthrough Prize Foundation, New York, NY, USA
  • Outstanding Achievement Under 40 Years of Age Award 2016, Hellenic Heritage Foundation, Canada
  • Early Research Career Award (ERA)
  • Aristarchus Chair for Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute

Recent Publications

  • A small weak scale from a small cosmological constant Asimina Arvanitaki, Savas Dimopoulos, Victor Gorbenko, Junwu Huang, Ken Van Tilburg. e-Print: arXiv: 1609.06320 [hep-ph]
  • Search for light scalar dark matter with atomic gravitational wave detectors Asimina Arvanitaki, Peter W. Graham, Jason M. Hogan, Surjeet Rajendran, Ken Van Tilburg e-Print: arXiv: 1606.04541 [hep-ph]
  • Black Hole Mergers and the QCD Axion at Advanced LIGO Asimina Arvanitaki, Masha Baryakhtar, Savas Dimopoulos, Sergei Dubovsky, Robert Lasenby e-Print: arXiv: 1604.03958 [hep-ph]
  • Sound of Dark Matter: Searching for Light Scalars with Resonant-Mass Detectors Asimina Arvanitaki, Savas Dimopoulos, Ken Van Tilburg Phys.Rev.Lett. 116 (2016) no.3, 031102
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Masha Baryakhtar, Xinlu Huang, Discovering the QCD Axion with Black Holes and Gravitational Waves, Phys. Rev. D 91, 084011 (2015), arXiv: 1411.2263
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Junwu Huang, Ken Van Tilburg, Searching for dilaton dark matter with atomic clocks, PhysRevD.91.015015,2015, arXiv: 1405.2925
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Andrew A. Geraci, Resonant detection of axion mediated forces with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 161801 (2014), arXiv: 1403.1290
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Sergei Dubovsky, Exploring the String Axiverse with Precision Black Hole Physics, Phys.Rev.D83:044026,2011, arXiv: 1004.3558
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Nathaniel Craig, Savas Dimopoulos, Sergei Dubovsky, John March-Russell, String Photini at the LHC, Phys.Rev.D81:075018,2010, arXiv: 0909.5440
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Savas Dimopoulos, Sergei Dubovsky, Nemanja Kaloper, John March-Russell, String Axiverse, Phys.Rev.D81:123530,2010, arXiv: 0905.4720
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Savas Dimopoulos, Sergei Dubovsky, Peter W. Graham, Roni Harnik, Surjeet Rajendran, Decaying Dark Matter as a Probe of Unification and TeV Spectroscopy, Phys.Rev.D80:055011,2009, arXiv: 0904.2789
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Discovering Chiral Higgsinos at the LHC, Phys.Rev.D81:075008,2010, arXiv: hep-ph/0610088
  • A. Arvanitaki, S. Dimopoulos, A. Pierce, S. Rajendran, J. Wacker, Stopping Gluinos, Phys.Rev.D76:055007,2007, arXiv: hep-ph/0506242
  • A. Arvanitaki, C. Davis, P. W. Graham, A. Pierce, J. G. Wacker, Limits on Split Supersymmetry from Gluino Cosmology, Phys.Rev. D72 (2005) 075011, arXiv: hep-ph/0504210
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Peter W. Graham, Indirect Signals from Dark Matter in Split Supersymmetry, Phys.Rev. D72 (2005) 055010, arXiv: hep-ph/0411376
  • Asimina Arvanitaki, Chad Davis, Peter W. Graham, Jay G. Wacker, One Loop Predictions of the Finely Tuned SSM, Phys.Rev.D70:117703,2004, arXiv: hep-ph/0406034


  • "The Principle of Plenitude", MIT Workshop on Table-Top Physics, Boston, USA
  • "The Principle of Plenitude", Strong Gravity Universe Workshop, Azores, Portugal
  • "The Principle of Plenitude", Plenary at Planck 2017 Conference, Warsaw, Poland
  • "Particle Physics Beyond Colliders", Colloquium at University of Washington, Seattle, USA
  • "Particle Physics Beyond Colliders", Colloquium at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
  • "The Principle of Plenitude", Beyond WIMPs: from Theory to Detection Workshop, Stonybrook, USA
  • PIRSA:17080017, Welcome and Opening Remarks, 2017-08-21, Experimental techniques in table-top fundamental physics
  • PIRSA:17080018, Theory Talk , 2017-08-21, Experimental techniques in table-top fundamental physics
  • "A theory perspective on small scale experiments", given at the "Experimental Techniques in Table-Top Fundamental Physics" workshop
  • The Principle of Plenitude, Talk given as part of the Universe in 60 minutes series
  • PIRSA:14100103, Fundamental Physics Without Colliding Particles, 2014-10-22, Experimental techniques in table-top fundamental physics
  • PIRSA:14060053, Open Forum, 2014-06-17, Experimental techniques in table-top fundamental physics
  • PIRSA:14050149, Introduction, Scope and goals of the workshop, Open questions in the field, 2014-06-16, New ideas in low-energy tests of fundamental physics
  • PIRSA:13060013, Fundamental Physics with Optically Levitated Dielectric Objects, 2013-06-17, Colloquium
  • PIRSA:13040114, Fundamental Physics with Optically Levitated Dielectric Objects, 2013-04-04, Strong Gravity
  • PIRSA:13040115, To Split or Not to Split, 2013-04-02, Particle Physics