Carnegie Mellon University

Ira Z. Rothstein

Professor of Physics

Nuclear & Particle Physics
High Energy Physics Theory
Wean Hall 7406


Prof. Ira Rothstein

Education & Professional Experience

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

Professional Societies:
Fellow, American Physical Society


Curriculum Vitae

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.

Recent Publications

I.Z. Rothstein, P. Shrivastava, Symmetry Obstruction to Fermi Liquid Behavior in the Unitary Limit, Phys. Rev. B 99, 3, 035101 (2019)

I.Z. Rothstein, P. Shrivastava, Symmetry Realization via a Dynamical Inverse Higgs Mechanism, J.High Energ. Phys. 05, 014 (2018)

A. Kapustin, T. McKinney, I.Z. Rothstein, Wilsonian effective field theory of 2D van Hove singularities, Phys. Rev. B 98, 3, 035122 (2018)

C. Cheung, I.Z. Rothstein, M.P. Solon, From Scattering Amplitudes to Classical Potentials in the Post-Minkowskian Expansion, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 251101 (2018)

I.Z. Rothstein, I. Stewart, An Effective Field Theory for Forward Scattering and Factorization ViolationJ. High Energ. Phys. 08, 025 (2016)

D. Neill, I.Z. Rothstein, V. Vaidya, The Higgs Transverse Momentum Distribution at NNLL and its Theoretical ErrorsJ. High Energ. Phys. 12, 097 (2015)


M. Baumgart, I.Z. Rothstein, V. Vaidya, Calculating the Annihilation Rate of Weakly Interacting Massive ParticlesPhys. Rev. Lett. 114, 211301 (2015) 

M. Baumgart, A.K. Leibovich, T. Mehen, I.Z. Rothstein, Probing quarkonium production mechanisms with jet substructureJ. High Energ. Phys. 11, 3 (2014) 

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

Ira Z. Rothstein, Gravitational Anderson LocalizationPhys. Rev. Lett. 110, 011601 (2013)

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

J.-Y. Chiu, A. Jain, D. Neill, I. Z. Rothstein, Rapidity Renormalization GroupPhys. Rev. Lett. 108, 151601 (2012)


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