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Department of Physics

Mellon College of Science

Ira Z. Rothstein

Professor of Physics

Nuclear & Particle Physics
High Energy Physics Theory
Wean Hall 7406


Prof. Ira Rothstein

Education & Professional Experience

PhD: University of Maryland (1992)
M.Sc.: Brown University (1987)

Professional Societies:
Fellow, American Physical Society

Curriculum ViTA

Professor of Physics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003–
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000–03
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997–2000
Post-doctoral Research: UC San Diego, 1995–97
Post-doctoral Research: University of Michigan, 1992–95

Research Interests

I am interested in diverse topics in elementary particle physics, gravity wave physics, astrophysics/cosmology and QCD. In the realm of high energy physics, I am concerned with using the data from the LHC to explain the origin of mass and the nature of the dark matter. I have worked on various topics in this field ranging from theories of extra dimensions to calculating Higgs boson production rates. Recently, I have spent much of my time working on using ideas developed in quantum field theory to calculate classical gravity wave profiles for inspiralling black holes. Using these techniques, we have been able to calculate the effects of black hole spin on the predicted wave forms which are being measured at the LIGO experiment. I have also been working on effective field theory techniques to find systematic ways of calculating strong interaction observables at high energies.

Selected Publications

I. Z. Rothstein, I. Stewart, An Effective Field Theory for Forward Scattering and Factorization ViolationJHEP 1608, 025 (2016)

D. Neill, I. Z. Rothstein, V. Vaidya, The Higgs Transverse Momentum Distribution at NNLL and its Theoretical ErrorsJHEP 1512, 097 (2015)

M. Baumgart, I. Z. Rothstein, V. Vaidya, Calculating the Annihilation Rate of Weakly Interacting Massive ParticlesPhysical Review Letters 114, 211301 (2015) 

M. Baumgart, A. K. Leibovich, T. Mehen, I. Z. Rothstein, Probing quarkonium production mechanisms with jet substructureJ. High Energ. Phys. 2014, 1007 (2014) 

D. Neill, I. Z. Rothstein, Classical space–times from the S-matrixNuclear Physics B 877, 177 (2013) 

I. Z. Rothstein, Gravitational Anderson LocalizationPhysical Review Letters 110, 011601 (2013)

W. D. Goldberger, I. Z. Rothstein, Structure-function sum rules for systems with large scattering lengthsPhysical Review A 85, 013613 (2012)

J.-Y. Chiu, A. Jain, D. Neill, I. Z. Rothstein, Rapidity Renormalization GroupPhysical Review Letters 108, 151601 (2012)

I. Z. Rothstein, Partition functions on the Euclidean plane with compact boundaries in conformal and non-conformal theoriesNuclear Physics B 862, 576 (2012)

J.-Y. Chiu, A. Jain, D. Neill, I. Z. Rothstein, A formalism for the systematic treatment of rapidity logarithms in Quantum Field TheoryJournal of High Energy Physics 05, 084 (2012)

R. A. Porto, A. Ross, I. Z Rothstein, Spin induced multipole moments for the gravitational wave amplitude from binary inspirals to 2.5 Post-Newtonian orderJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 09, 028 (2012)

S. Fleming, A. K. Leibovich, T. Mehen, I. Z. Rothstein, Systematics of quarkonium production at the LHC and double parton fragmentationPhysical Review D 86, 094012 (2012)

C. Yolcu, I. Z. Rothstein, M. Deserno, Effective field theory approach to Casimir interactions on soft matter surfacesEPL (Europhysics Letters) 96, 20003 (2011)

R. A. Porto, A. Ross, I. Z Rothstein, Spin induced multipole moments for the gravitational wave flux from binary inspirals to third Post-Newtonian orderJournal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics 03, 009 (2011)

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