Yoni Kahn

Yonatan (Yoni) Kahn’s research is focused on dark matter and its detection strategies. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from MIT and holds undergraduate degrees in music, physics, and mathematics from Northwestern University. After postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago, Yoni joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019 as an assistant professor. A theorist who works closely with experimentalists, Yoni has proposed numerous detection strategies which have been incorporated into experiments, including the ABRACADABRA axion dark matter experiment, the PTOLEMY experiment at Gran Sasso to search for cosmic neutrinos and sub-GeV dark matter, and a prototype organic-molecule detector for sub-GeV dark matter. In 2018, Yoni was a member of the Cross-Cutting panel of the US Department of Energy Basic Research Needs study on Dark Matter New Initiatives. His term with the Experimental Advisory Committee begins in spring 2020.