Publications

Please find below my list of scientific publications (also available for download in PDF format). A list of White Papers I’ve contributed to can be found at the bottom of the page.

For citation information, please consult my full listing or my author profile on inSPIRE-HEP.

My ORCID ID is orcid.org/0000-0002-3634-4679.

My profile on ImpactStory can be viewed here.



  1. Sharpening the dark matter signature in gravitational waveforms II: Numerical simulations with the NbodyIMRI code
    B. J. Kavanagh, T. K. Karydas, G. Bertone, P. Di Cintio, M. Pasquato
    Submitted to PRD, arXiv:2402.13762
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  2. Sharpening the dark matter signature in gravitational waveforms I: Accretion and eccentricity evolution
    T. K. Karydas, B. J. Kavanagh, G. Bertone
    Submitted to PRD, arXiv:2402.13053

  3. Phonon dynamics for light dark matter detection
    M. Raya-Moreno, B. J. Kavanagh, L. Fàbrega, R. Rurali
    Submitted to PRX, arXiv:2311.11930

  4. Statistics of magnification for extremely lensed high redshift stars
    J. M. Palencia, J. M. Diego, B. J. Kavanagh, J. Martinez
    Submitted to Astronomy & Astrophysics, arXiv:2307.09505

  5. Search for Daily Modulation of MeV Dark Matter Signals with DAMIC-M
    I. Arnquist et al. (DAMIC-M Collaboration, including B. J. Kavanagh)
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 132, 101006, arXiv:2307.07251

  6. Impact of dark matter spikes on the merger rates of Primordial Black Holes
    P. Jangra, B. J. Kavanagh, J. M. Diego
    JCAP 11 (2023) 069, arXiv:2304.05892

  7. Tagging and localisation of ionizing events using NbSi transition edge phonon sensors for Dark Matter searches
    EDELWEISS Collaboration and B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 108, 022006, arXiv:2303.02067

  8. Disks, spikes, and clouds: distinguishing environmental effects on BBH gravitational waveforms
    P. S. Cole, G. Bertone, A. Coogan, D. Gaggero, T. Karydas, B. J. Kavanagh, T. F. M. Spieksma, G. M. Tomaselli
    Nature Astronomy 7, 943–950 (2023), arXiv:2211.01362

  9. Measuring dark matter spikes around primordial black holes with Einstein Telescope and Cosmic Explorer
    P. S. Cole, A. Coogan, B. J. Kavanagh, G. Bertone
    Phys. Rev. D 107, 083006 (2023), arXiv:2207.07576
    Highlighted in Nature Astronomy 7, 511 (2023)

  10. The Canfranc Axion Detection Experiment (CADEx): Search for axions at 90 GHz with Kinetic Inductance Detectors
    B. Aja et al., including B. J. Kavanagh (CADEx Collaboration)
    JCAP 11 (2022) 044, arXiv:2206.02980

  11. Dancing in the dark: detecting a population of distant primordial black holes
    M. Martinelli, F. Scarcella, N. B. Hogg, B. J. Kavanagh, D. Gaggero, P. Fleury
    JCAP 08 (2022) 006, arXiv:2205.02639

  12. Complementarity of direct detection experiments in search of light Dark Matter
    J. R. Angevaare, G. Bertone, A. P. Colijn, M. P. Decowski, B. J. Kavanagh
    JCAP 10 (2022) 004, arXiv:2204.01580

  13. Godzilla, a monster lurks in the Sunburst galaxy
    J. M. Diego, M. Pascale, B. J. Kavanagh, P. Kelly, L. Dai, B. Frye, T. Broadhurst
    Astron. & Astrophys., 665 (2022) A134, arXiv:2203.08158
    Highlighted in Nature 610, 10 (2022)

  14. Search for sub-GeV Dark Matter via Migdal effect with an EDELWEISS germanium detector with NbSi TES sensors
    EDELWEISS Collaboration and B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 106, 062004 (2022), arXiv:2203.03993

  15. Cosmology and direct detection of the Dark Axion Portal
    J. Cortabitarte Gutiérrez, B. J. Kavanagh, N. Castelló-Mor, F. J. Casas, J. M. Diego, E. Martínez-González, R. Vilar Cortabitarte
    Submitted to PRD, arXiv:2112.11387
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  16. Scattering searches for dark matter in subhalos: neutron stars, cosmic rays, and old rocks
    J. Bramante, B. J. Kavanagh, N. Raj
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 128, 231801 (2022), arXiv:2109.04582

  17. Measuring the dark matter environments of black hole binaries with gravitational waves
    A. Coogan, G. Bertone, D. Gaggero, B. J. Kavanagh, D. A. Nichols
    Phys. Rev. D 105, 043009 (2022), arXiv:2108.04154
    Code available here
    Featured on NewScientist.nl

  18. The Effect of Mission Duration on LISA Science Objectives
    P. Amaro-Seoane et al.
    Gen. Relativ. Gravit. 54, 3 (2022), arXiv:2107.09665

  19. Transient Radio Signatures from Neutron Star Encounters with QCD Axion Miniclusters
    T. D. P. Edwards, B. J. Kavanagh, L. Visinelli, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 127, 131103 (2021), arXiv:2011.05378
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)
    Featured in the blog Ça Se Passe Là-Haut

  20. Stellar Disruption of Axion Miniclusters in the Milky Way
    B. J. Kavanagh, T. D. P. Edwards, L. Visinelli, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. D 104, 063038 (2021), arXiv:2011.05377
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  21. Integral X-ray constraints on sub-GeV Dark Matter
    M. Cirelli, N. Fornengo, B. J. Kavanagh, E. Pinetti
    Phys. Rev. D 103, 063022 (2021), arXiv:2007.11493

  22. Primordial Black Holes as a dark matter candidate
    A. M. Green, B. J. Kavanagh
    J. Phys. G 48 (2021) 4, 043001, arXiv:2007.10722
    Code and constraints available here

  23. Measuring the local Dark Matter density in the laboratory
    B. J. Kavanagh, T. Emken, R. Catena
    Phys. Rev. D 104, 083023 (2021), arXiv:2004.01621
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo) and here

  24. Detecting dark matter around black holes with gravitational waves: Effects of dark-matter dynamics on the gravitational waveform
    B. J. Kavanagh, D. A. Nichols, G. Bertone, D. Gaggero
    Phys. Rev. D 102, 083006 (2020), arXiv:2002.12811
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo), movies available here
    Featured in His Dark CMBlog

  25. Impact of substructure on local dark matter searches
    A. Ibarra, B. J. Kavanagh, A. Rappelt
    JCAP 12 (2019) 013, arXiv:1908.00747

  26. Gravitational wave probes of dark matter: challenges and opportunities
    G. Bertone, D. Croon, M. A. Amin, K. K. Boddy, B. J. Kavanagh, K. J. Mack, P. Natarajan, T. Opferkuch, K. Schutz, V. Takhistov, C. Weniger, T.-T. Yu
    SciPost Phys. Core 3, 007 (2020), arXiv:1907.10610

  27. Paleo-Detectors for Galactic Supernova Neutrinos
    S. Baum, T. D. P. Edwards, B. J. Kavanagh, P. Stengel, A. K. Drukier, K. Freese, M. Gorski, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. D 101, 103017 (2020), arXiv:1906.05800
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  28. Discovery prospects of dwarf spheroidal galaxies for indirect dark matter searches
    S. Ando, B. J. Kavanagh, O. Macias, et al.
    JCAP 10 (2019) 040, arXiv:1905.07128
    Completed as part of the bachelors ‘ITFA Workshop’ (Jan 2019)

  29. A Unique Multi-Messenger Signal of QCD Axion Dark Matter
    T. D. P. Edwards, M. Chianese, B. J. Kavanagh, S. M. Nissanke, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 124, 161101 (2020), arXiv:1905.04686
    Featured in University of Amsterdam News

  30. Primordial Black Holes as Silver Bullets for New Physics at the Weak Scale
    G. Bertone, A. Coogan, D. Gaggero, B. J. Kavanagh, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. D 100, 123013 (2019), arXiv:1905.01238
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  31. Searching for low-mass dark matter particles with a massive Ge bolometer operated above-ground
    EDELWEISS Collaboration and B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 99, 082003 (2019), arXiv:1901.03588

  32. Digging for Dark Matter: Spectral Analysis and Discovery Potential of Paleo-Detectors
    T. D. P. Edwards, B. J. Kavanagh, C. Weniger, S. Baum, A. K. Drukier, K. Freese, M. Górski, P. Stengel
    Phys. Rev. D 99, 043541 (2019), arXiv:1811.10549
    Code available here and here (archived on Zenodo)

  33. Faint Light from Dark Matter: Classifying and Constraining Dark Matter-Photon Effective Operators
    B. J. Kavanagh, P. Panci, R. Ziegler
    J. High Energ. Phys. (2019) 2019: 89, arXiv:1810.00033

  34. Statistical challenges in the search for dark matter
    S. Algeri et al. (Editors: T. D. P. Edwards, B. J. Kavanagh, P. Scott, A. Vincent)
    arXiv:1807.09273

  35. Bracketing the impact of astrophysical uncertainties on local dark matter searches
    A. Ibarra, B. J. Kavanagh, A. Rappelt
    JCAP 12 (2018) 018, arXiv:1806.08714

  36. Black Holes’ Dark Dress: On the merger rate of a subdominant population of primordial black holes
    B. J. Kavanagh, D. Gaggero, G. Bertone
    Phys. Rev. D 98, 023536 (2018), arXiv:1805.09034
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo), movies available here

  37. Dark Matter Model or Mass, but Not Both: Assessing Near-Future Direct Searches with Benchmark-free Forecasting
    T. D. P. Edwards, B. J. Kavanagh, C. Weniger
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 181101 (2018), arXiv:1805.04117
    Code available here and here
    Featured in University of Amsterdam News

  38. Prospects for exploring New Physics in Coherent Elastic Neutrino-Nucleus Scattering
    J. Billard, J. Johnston, B. J. Kavanagh
    JCAP 11 (2018) 016, arXiv:1805.01798
    Illustrative code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  39. Precision constraints on radiative neutrino decay with CMB spectral distortion
    J. L. Aalberts, S. Ando, W. M. Borg, E. Broeils, J. Broeils, S. Broeils, B. J. Kavanagh, G. Leguijt, M. Reemst, D. R. van Arneman, H. Vu
    Phys. Rev. D 98, 023001 (2018), arXiv:1803.00588
    Completed as part of the bachelors ‘ITFA Workshop’ (Jan 2018)

  40. Earth-Scattering of super-heavy Dark Matter: updated constraints from detectors old and new
    B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 97, 123013 (2018), arXiv:1712.04901
    Code available here (archived on Zenodo)

  41. Time-integrated directional detection of dark matter
    C. A. J. O’Hare, B. J. Kavanagh, A. M. Green
    Phys. Rev. D 96, 083011 (2017), arXiv:1708.02959

  42. Prospects for determining the particle/antiparticle nature of WIMP dark matter with direct detection experiments
    B. J. Kavanagh, F. S. Queiroz, W. Rodejohann, C. E. Yaguna
    J. High Energ. Phys. (2017) 2017: 59, arXiv:1706.07819
    Code available here

  43. Probing Leptophilic Dark Sectors with Hadronic Processes
    F. D’Eramo, B. J. Kavanagh, P. Panci
    Phys. Lett. B 771 (2017) 339-348, arXiv:1702.00016

  44. Signatures of Earth-scattering in the direct detection of Dark Matter
    B. J. Kavanagh, R. Catena, C. Kouvaris
    JCAP 01 (2017) 012, arXiv:1611.05453
    Code (and animations) available here

  45. Reconstructing the three-dimensional local dark matter velocity distribution
    B. J. Kavanagh, C. A. J. O’Hare
    Phys. Rev. D 94, 123009 (2016), arXiv:1609.08630

  46. You can hide but you have to run: direct detection with vector mediators
    F. D’Eramo, B. J. Kavanagh, P. Panci
    J. High Energ. Phys. (2016) 2016: 111, arXiv:1605.04917
    Code available here

  47. A review of the discovery reach of directional Dark Matter detection
    F. Mayet, A. M. Green, J. B. R. Battat, J. Billard, N. Bozorgnia, G. B. Gelmini, P. Gondolo, B. J. Kavanagh, S. K. Lee, D. Loomba J. Monroe, B. Morgan, C. A. J. O’Hare, A. H. G. Peter, N. S. Phan, S. E. Vahsen
    Phys. Rep. 627 (2016) 1, arXiv:1602.03781
    Highlighted in Physics Reports

  48. Re-examining the significance of the 750 GeV diphoton excess at ATLAS
    B. J. Kavanagh
    arXiv pre-print (2016), arXiv:1601.07330
    Code available here
    Featured on Résonaances and Syymmetries

  49. New directional signatures from the non-relativistic effective field theory of dark matter
    B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 92, 023513 (2015), arXiv:1505.07406

  50. Discretising the velocity distribution for directional dark matter experiments
    B. J. Kavanagh
    JCAP 07 (2015) 019, arXiv:1502.04224

  51. Probing WIMP particle physics and astrophysics with direct detection and neutrino telescope data B. J. Kavanagh, M. Fornasa, A. M. Green
    Phys. Rev. D. 91, 103533 (2015), arXiv:1410.8051

  52. Parametrizing the local dark matter speed distribution: a detailed analysis
    B. J. Kavanagh
    Phys. Rev. D 89, 085026 (2014), arXiv:1312.1852

  53. WIMP physics with ensembles of direct-detection experiments
    A. H. G. Peter, V. Gluscevic, A. M. Green, B. J. Kavanagh, S. K. Lee
    Phys. Dark Universe 5-6 (2014) 45-74, arXiv:1310.7039

  54. Model independent determination of the dark matter mass from direct detection
    B. J. Kavanagh and A. M. Green
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 111, 031302 (2013), arXiv:1303.6868
    Featured on Phys.org

  55. Improved determination of the WIMP mass from direct detection data
    B. J. Kavanagh and A. M. Green
    Phys. Rev. D 86, 065027 (2012), arXiv:1207.2039



White Papers

  1. Mineral Detection of Neutrinos and Dark Matter. A Whitepaper
    S. Baum (Including B. J. Kavanagh)
    Phys. Dark Univ. 41 (2023) 101245, arXiv:2301.07118

  2. New Horizons for Fundamental Physics with LISA
    K. G. Arun at al. (Including B. J. Kavanagh)
    Living Reviews in Relativity, 25, 4 (2022), arXiv:2205.01597

  3. Dark Matter In Extreme Astrophysical Environments
    M. Baryakhtar et al. (Including B. J. Kavanagh)
    White paper for the SNOWMASS 2022 Summer Study, arXiv:2203.07984

  4. EuCAPT White Paper: Opportunities and Challenges for Theoretical Astroparticle Physics in the Next Decade
    R. Alves Batista et al. (Including B. J. Kavanagh, edited by G. Bertone & A. Riotto)
    White paper of the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT), arXiv:2110.10074

  5. AEDGE: Atomic Experiment for Dark Matter and Gravity Exploration in Space
    Y. A. El-Neaj et al.
    EPJ Quantum Technology 7, 6 (2020), arXiv:1908.00802
    Signed as a supporting author

  6. Black holes, gravitational waves and fundamental physics: a roadmap
    L. Barack at al. (B. J. Kavanagh, Section coordinator “Primordial Black Holes and Dark Matter”)
    Class. Quantum Grav. 36 143001 (2019), arXiv:1806.05195
    White Paper for the COST action “Gravitational Waves, Black Holes, and Fundamental Physics”
    Featured in Physics World