Itay Yavin

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McMaster University

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University

Perimeter Institute

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Research Interests

My research is in particle physics and is mainly concerned with the search for physics beyond the Standard Model. I am particularly interested in the problem of Electroweak symmetry breaking and the nature of dark matter. The origin of the Electroweak scale is one of the last unresolved problems in particle physics and is currently being vigorously pursued by several very large experiments in Fermilab as well as the Large Hadron Collider. With regard to dark matter, while it is yet unclear whether it is really a problem of basic particle physics, one possibility is that it is in fact a new fundamental particle. Indeed, it may even be deeply connected with the Electroweak scale itself.

Aside from my theoretical work, I am involved in several projects which are more experimental in nature. In particular, RECAST is a large project I have been developing together with Prof. Kyle Cranmer. It is a framework designed to facilitate the interactions between different members of high energy particle physics. Its aim is to allow further testing and considerations of alternative hypotheses in searches for new physics. You can find more details here Over the past several months, great progress was made towards a functional implementation of the framework thanks to the generous support of the Perimeter Institute. A beta version of the site can be found here

For more information, please visit my homepage

For a current list of all my publications, please visit the following URL:

Positions Held

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University, March 2014.
  • Assistant Professor, McMaster University Department of Physics and Astronomy, July 2011 - present.
  • James Arthur Fellow, Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics, New York University, Sept 2009 - July 2011.
  • Research Associate, Princeton University Department of Physics, Sept 2006 - Aug 2009.


  • Ontario Early Research Award, Province of Ontario, 2015-2020.
  • Discovery Accelerator Supplement, NSERC, 2015-2018.
  • SERB Early Researcher Award, McMaster University
  • Individual Discovery Grant in Subatomic Physics, NSERC
  • Early Career Researcher Award, NSERC
  • James Arthur Fellowship, New York University
  • Purcell Scholarship, Harvard University
  • Recipient of Science Gold Medal of Pure and Applied Science Department, York University
  • Member of Dean"s Honour Roll. Graduated first class with distinction, York University
  • International Student Scholarship, York University
  • Entrance scholarship, York University

Recent Publications

  • W. Altmannshofer and I. Yavin, Predictions for Lepton Flavor Universality Violation in Rare B Decays in Models with Gauged Lμ−Lτ, sent to PRD, [arXiv: 1508.07009]
  • E. Izaguirre and I. Yavin, New window to millicharged particles at the LHC, Phys.Rev. D92 (2015) 3, 035014 [arXiv: 1506.04760]
  • A. Haas, C. S. Hill, E. Izaguirre, and I. Yavin, Looking for milli-charged particles with a new experiment at the LHC, Phys.Lett. B746 (2015) 117-120 [arXiv: 1410.6816]
  • P. Nadeau, M. Clark, P.C.F. Di Stefano, J.-C. Lanfranchi, S. Roth, M. von Sivers, and I. Yavin, Sensitivity of alkali halide scintillating calorimeters with particle identification to investigate the DAMA dark matter detection claim, Astropart.Phys. 67 (2015) 62-69, [arXiv: 1410.1573]
  • J. Abadallah et al. (editor: I. Yavin), Simplified Models for Dark Matter and Missing Energy Searches at the LHC [arXiv: 1409.2893]
  • E. Izaguirre, B. Shuve, and I. Yavin, A New Observable for Identifying Dijet Resonances, Phys.Rev.Lett. 114 (2015) 4, 041802, [arXiv: 1407.7037 [hep-ph]].
  • A. Altmannshofer, S. Gor, M. Pospelov, and I. Yavin, Neutrino Trident Production: A Powerful Probe of New Physics with Neutrino Beams, Phys.Rev.Lett. 113 (2014) 091801, [arXiv: 1406.2332 [hep-ph]].
  • B. Shuve and I. Yavin, A Dark Matter Progenitor: Light Vector Boson Decay into (Sterile) Neutrinos, Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) 113004 [arXiv: 1403.2727 [hep-ph]]
  • A. Altmannshofer, S. Gor, M. Pospelov, and I. Yavin, Dressing L_mu - L_tau in Color, Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) 095033 [arXiv: 1403.1269 [hep-ph]]
  • B. Shuve and I. Yavin, Baryogenesis through Neutrino Oscillations: A Unified Perspective, Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) 075014 [arXiv: 1401.2459 [hep-ph]]
  • M. Pospelov, N. Weiner, and I. Yavin, Dark matter detection in two easy steps, Phys.Rev. D89 (2014) 055008 [arXiv: 1312.1363 [hep-ph]]
  • C. Tamarit and I. Yavin, The magnetic dipole moment of neutral particles from quantum corrections at two-loop order, Phys. Rev. D88 (2013) 3, 035017 [arXiv: 1305.2951 [hep-ph]]
  • J. Liu, B. Shuve, N. Weiner, and I. Yavin, Looking for new charged states at the LHC: Signatures of Magnetic and Rayleigh Dark Matter, JHEP 1307 (2013) 144 [arXiv: 1303.4404 [hep-ph]]
  • J. Pradler and I. Yavin, Addendum to 'On an unverified nuclear decay and its role in the DAMA experiment', Phys.Lett. B723 (2013) 168-171 [arXiv: 1210.7548 [hep-ph]]
  • J. Pradler, B. Singh, and I. Yavin, On an unverified nuclear decay and its role in the DAMA experiment, Phys.Lett. B720 (2013) 399-404 [arXiv: 1210.5501 [hep-ph]]
  • N. Weiner and I. Yavin, UV Completions of Magnetic Inelastic Dark Matter and RayDM for the Fermi Line(s), Phys. Rev. D87 (2013) 023523 [arXiv: 1209.1093 [hep-ph]]
  • N. Weiner and I. Yavin, How Dark Are Majorana WIMPs? Signals from MiDM and Rayleigh Dark Matter, Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 075021 [arXiv: 1206.2910 [hep-ph]]
  • N. Toro and I. Yavin, Multiphotons and photon jets from new heavy vector bosons, Phys.Rev. D86 (2012) 055005 [arXiv: 1202.6377 [hep-ph]]
  • S. Chang, J. Pradler and I. Yavin, Statistical Tests of Noise and Harmony in Dark Matter Modulation Signals, Phys. Rev. D 85, 063505 (2012) [arXiv: 1111.4222 [hep-ph]]
  • J. Fan, D. Krohn, P. Langacker and I. Yavin, A Higgsophilic s-channel Z" and the CDF W+2J Anomaly, Phys. Rev. D 84, 105012 (2011) [arXiv: 1106.1682 [hep-ph]]
  • C. de Rham, G. Gabadadze, D. Pirtskhalava, A. J. Tolley and I. Yavin, Nonlinear Dynamics of 3D Massive Gravity, JHEP 1106, 028 (2011) [arXiv: 1103.1351 [hep-th]]
  • D. Tucker-Smith and I. Yavin, Muonic hydrogen and MeV forces, Phys. Rev. D 83, 101702 (2011) [arXiv: 1011.4922 [hep-ph]]
  • K. Cranmer and I. Yavin, RECAST: Extending the Impact of Existing Analyses, JHEP 1104, 038 (2011) [arXiv: 1010.2506 [hep-ex]]
  • B. Barret, I. Yavin, S. Beattie, and S. Kumarakrishnan, Numerical simulation of a multilevel atom interferometer, Phys. Rev. A 82, 023625 (2010) [arXiv: 1008.4426 [physics.atom-ph]]
  • S. Chang, N. Weiner and I. Yavin, Magnetic Inelastic Dark Matter, Phys. Rev. D 82, 125011 (2010) [arXiv: 1007.4200 [hep-ph]]
  • S. Chang, J. Liu, A. Pierce, N. Weiner and I. Yavin, CoGeNT Interpretations, JCAP 1008, 018 (2010) [arXiv: 1004.0697 [hep-ph]]
  • S. Schael et al. [ALEPH Collaboration], Search for neutral Higgs bosons decaying into four taus at LEP2, JHEP 1005, 049 (2010) [arXiv: 1003.0705 [hep-ex]]
  • P. Schuster, N. Toro, N. Weiner and I. Yavin, High Energy Electron Signals from Dark Matter Annihilation in the Sun, Phys. Rev. D 82, 115012 (2010) [arXiv: 0910.1839 [hep-ph]]
  • P. Schuster, N. Toro and I. Yavin, Terrestrial and Solar Limits on Long-Lived Particles in a Dark Sector, Phys. Rev. D 81, 016002 (2010) [arXiv: 0910.1602 [hep-ph]]
  • C. Cheung, J. T. Ruderman, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Lepton Jets in (Supersymmetric) Electroweak Processes, JHEP 1004, 116 (2010) [arXiv: 0909.0290 [hep-ph]]
  • S. Beattie, B. Barret, I. Chan, C. Mok, I. Yavin, and S. Kumarakrishnan, Atom-Interferometric Studies of Light Scattering, Phys. Rev. A 80, 013618 (2009)
  • S. Nussinov, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Capture of Inelastic Dark Matter in the Sun, JCAP 0908, 037 (2009) [arXiv: 0905.1333 [hep-ph]]
  • D. P. Finkbeiner, T. R. Slatyer, N. Weiner and I. Yavin, PAMELA, DAMA, INTEGRAL and Signatures of Metastable Excited WIMPs, JCAP 0909, 037 (2009) [arXiv: 0903.1037 [hep-ph]]
  • C. Cheung, J. T. Ruderman, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Kinetic Mixing as the Origin of Light Dark Scales, Phys. Rev. D 80, 035008 (2009) [arXiv: 0902.3246 [hep-ph]]
  • S. Beattie, B. Barret, I. Chan, C. Mok, I. Yavin, and S. Kumarakrishnan, Technique for Measuring Atomic Recoil Frequency Using Coherence Functions, Phys. Rev. A 79, 021605 (2009)
  • M. Baumgart, C. Cheung, J. T. Ruderman, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Non-Abelian Dark Sectors and Their Collider Signatures, JHEP 0904, 014 (2009) [arXiv: 0901.0283 [hep-ph]]
  • P. Langacker, G. Paz and I. Yavin, Scalar Potentials and Accidental Symmetries in Supersymmetric U(1)" Models, Phys. Lett. B 671, 245 (2009) [arXiv: 0811.1196 [hep-ph]]
  • D. Krohn and I. Yavin, Anomalies In Fermionic Uv Completions Of Little Higgs Models, JHEP 0806, 092 (2008) [arXiv: 0803.4202 [hep-ph]]
  • L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, A Review of Spin Determination at the LHC, Int. J. Mod. Phys. A 23, 4647 (2008) [arXiv: 0802.2726 [hep-ph]]
  • P. Langacker, G. Paz, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Aspects of Z"-mediated Supersymmetry Breaking, Phys. Rev. D 77, 085033 (2008) [arXiv: 0801.3693 [hep-ph]]
  • H. Verlinde, L. T. Wang, M. Wijnholt and I. Yavin, A Higher Form (of) Mediation, JHEP 0802, 082 (2008) [arXiv: 0711.3214 [hep-th]]
  • P. Langacker, G. Paz, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Z"-mediated Supersymmetry Breaking, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 041802 (2008) [arXiv: 0710.1632 [hep-ph]]
  • C. Kilic, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, On the Existence of Angular Correlations in Decays with Heavy Matter Partners, JHEP 0705, 052 (2007) [arXiv: hep-ph/0703085]
  • P. Langacker, G. Paz, L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, A T-odd observable sensitive to CP violating phases in squark decay, JHEP 0707, 055 (2007) [arXiv: hep-ph/0702068]
  • L. T. Wang and I. Yavin, Spin Measurements in Cascade Decays at the LHC, JHEP 0704, 032 (2007) [arXiv: hep-ph/0605296]
  • J. Gallicchio and I. Yavin, Curvature as a remedy or discretizing gravity in warped dimensions, JHEP 0605, 079 (2006) [arXiv: hep-th/0507105]
  • J. Thaler and I. Yavin, The littlest Higgs in anti-de Sitter space, JHEP 0508, 022 (2005) [arXiv: hep-ph/0501036]
  • T. Rudolph, I. Yavin, and H. Freedhoff, Evolution in time of an N-atom system. II. Calculation of the eigenstates, Phys. Rev. A 69, 013815 (2004) [arXiv: quant-ph/0206067]
  • I. Yavin, M. Weel, A. Andreyuk, and A. Kumarakrishnan, A Calculation of the Time of Flight Distribution of Trapped Atoms, Am. J. Phys. 70, 149 (2002)
  • Z. Akopov et al. [DPHEP Study Group Collaboration], Status Report of the DPHEP Study Group: Towards a Global Effort for Sustainable Data Preservation in High Energy Physics, arXiv: 1205.4667 [hep-ex]
  • J. L. Hewett, H. Weerts, R. Brock, J. N. Butler, B. C. K. Casey, J. Collar, A. de Govea and R. Essig et al., Fundamental Physics at the Intensity Frontier, arXiv: 1205.2671 [hep-ex]
  • D. Alves et al. [LHC New Physics Working Group Collaboration], Simplified Models for LHC New Physics Searches, arXiv: 1105.2838 [hep-ph]
  • International Conference of Particle and Nuclear, PANIC 2011, Hiding the Higgs boson, AIP Conf. Proc. 1441, 746 (2012)


  • Seminar at Fermilab, Feb 17, 2015.
  • "Dark Matter as a fundamental particle", Colloquium in Michigan University at Ann Arbor, Feb 6, 2015.
  • "Dark Matter Searches", CLIC Workshop, CERN, Geneva, Switzerland, Jan 28, 2015.
  • "How to look for new physics without a new scale", iCore meeting on particle physics, Technion University, Haifa, Israel, Dec 10, 2014.
  • "Dark Matter as a fundamental particle", Colloquium in UC Davis, Oct 27, 2014.
  • "New Ideas for searches of the Standard Model, Dark Matter, and beyond in Run-II of the LHC", Workshop on Dark Matter search strategies for LHC Run 2, Michigan University, Sep 22, 2014
  • "New Ideas for searches of the Standard Model, Dark Matter, and beyond in Run-II of the LHC", Seminar, Wayne State University, Sep 24, 2014
  • "A Powerful Probe of New Neutrino Currents", Probing the TeV scale and beyond, Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Germany, July 18, 2014.
  • "Review of Particle Theory Canada", IPP Town-Hall Meeting, Laurentian University, ON, June 16, 2014.
  • "Review of simplified models for missing energy searches", Seminar, CERN (remote), May 15, 2014.
  • "Beyond the Standard Model", ATLAS Canada Meeting, McGill University, QC, May 27, 2014.
  • "DAMA and MiDM",Harvard-Smithsonian Symposium: Debates on the Nature of Dark Matter, Harvard University, MA, May 19-22, 2014.
  • "Baryogenesis, Dark Matter, and Sterile Neutrinos", Seminar, the Johns Hopkins University, Mar 4, 2014.
  • "Hidden Sectors", Exotics Workshop, Eilot, Israel, Feb 5-9, 2014.
  • "The Proton Radius Puzzle", Colloquium, McMaster University, Jan 8, 2014.
  • "Looking into the darkness", Colloquium, University of Alberta, Jan 24, 2014.
  • "Looking into the darkness", Colloquium, University of Victoria, Dec 12, 2013
  • "The Proton Radius Puzzle", Colloquium, Brock University, Dec 3, 2013.
  • "RayDM and MiDM", Lattice meets experiment 2013 Workshop, Brookhaven National Lab, USA, Dec 5-6, 2013.
  • "Experiments looking for Dark Matter", Cosmology at Colliders Workshop, TRIUMF National Lab, Vancouver, Dec 9-11, 2013.
  • "Magnetic and Rayleigh Dark Matter", Seminar, Harvard University, Oct 25, 2013.
  • SEARCH, Stony Brook University, NY, Aug 20-22, 2013.
  • "Magnetic and Rayleigh Dark Matter", Cosmic-Rays and Photons from Dark Matter Annihilation, Mainz, Germany, June 29 - July 2, 2013. Plenary speaker.
  • "How dark is Dark Matter", CAP Congress 2013, Montreal, May 27 - May 31, 2013.
  • "What is (Dark) Matter made of", Ecole Polytechnique de Montral, Mar 21, 2013. CAP lecture tour.
  • "What is (Dark) Matter made of", Sherbrooke University, Mar 20, 2013. CAP lecture tour.
  • "What is (Dark) Matter made of", Bishop University, Mar 20, 2013. CAP lecture tour.
  • "Recent development in the search for Dark Matter", TRIUMF, Feb 14, 2013. Colloquium.
  • "Dark Matter and Particle Physics", Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference, Banff, Canada, Feb 17, 2013. Plenary speaker.
  • "The search for Dark Matter interactions with matter", Queen"s University Physics Department, Jan 18, 2013. Colloquium.
  • "How dark is Dark Matter", UC Davis, Jan 25, 2013. Seminar.
  • "On the annual modulations in direct-detection experiments and the DAMA results", Aspen Winter Conference on Dark Matter, Aspen, USA, Jan 29, 2013. Plenary speaker.
  • "How dark is Dark Matter", Stanford University, Jan 24, 2013. Seminar.
  • The Proton Radius Puzzle, Trento, Italy, Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2012. Plenary speaker.
  • Interpreting emerging Higgs data, Oregon University, Apr 4-6, 2012. Plenary speaker.
  • "Statistical Tests in Dark Matter Modulations Signals", Berkeley, Mar 9, 2012.
  • Tools for BSM, Cornell University, Mar 22-24, 2012. Plenary speaker.
  • SEARCH Workshop, University of Maryland, Mar 17-19, 2012. Participant.
  • "Statistical Tests in Dark Matter Modulations Signals", University of Toronto, Mar 12, 2012
  • Lake Louise Winter Institute, Lake Louise, Feb 19-25, 2012. Plenary speaker.
  • "RECAST", McGill University, Dec 6, 2011.
  • TRIUMF Workshop on LHC, Vancouver, Dec 14-16, 2011. Plenary speaker.
  • "Statistical Tests in Dark Matter Modulations Signals", Carleton University, Nov 29, 2011.
  • "Faster than light neutrinos?", York University, Nov 11, 2011.
  • 19th Particle and Nuclei International Conference, MIT, Jul 24-29, 2011. Parallel session.
  • Boost 2011, Princeton University, May 22 - 26, 2011. Plenary Speaker.
  • 11. SUSY RECAST, UC Davis, Apr 8-9, 2011. Plenary speaker.
  • Higgs @ Tevatron and LHC, UW, Apr 26-30, 2011. Plenary speaker.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", Heidelberg Universita ̈t Physics Department, Mar 1, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", Maryland Center for Fundamental Physics, Mar 7, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics, Stony Brook University, Feb 21, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", UC San-Diego Physics Department, Feb 8, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", Princeton University, Feb 1, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", McMaster University Physics Department, Feb 14, 2011.
  • "Very Weak Interactions", Rutgers University, Jan 25, 2011.