Brad Plaster, Professor of Physics, and Department Chair
University of Kentucky
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Lexington, KY 40506-0055
Email: brad.plaster [at] uky [dot] edu
Office Tel: 859.257.3960

CV: [pdf]

L-R: UK Provost, BP, UK President, (Past) Physics Chair
April 19, 2018

Awards and Honors

Research in Fundamental Symmetries with Neutrons

My research program in fundamental neutron physics concerns searches for new physics beyond the Standard Model via high-precision tests of the fundamental symmetries of Parity and Time-Reversal in experiments with cold and ultracold neutrons. I am currently serving as the Level-1 Deputy Project Manager for the world-leading-projected-sensitivity search for the Parity-violating and Time-Reversal-Symmetry-violating neutron electric dipole moment (EDM) at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  I am also involved in a neutron EDM search at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The discovery of a neutron EDM would provide unambiguous evidence for new beyond-Standard-Model physics (or new physics in the strong sector), and would provide insight into the mechanism responsible for the evolution of the universe to its current matter-over-antimatter-dominated state. 

I was also involved for 15+ years in a precision measurement of Parity violation in neutron beta-decay with ultracold neutrons at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Ultracold Neutron Source.

Research Group


Postdoctoral Scholar: Alec Tewsley-Booth
Ph.D. Students: Mojtaba Behzadipour, Jared Brewington, Dillon Buskirk, Abel Manuel Lorente Campos, Umit Coskun, Rashika Gupta, Piya Amara Palamure


Postdoctoral Scholar: Haiyang Yan (Staff Scientist, China Academy of Engineering Physics)

Ph.D. Students (Year of Graduation, First Position): Alina Aleksandrova (Ph.D. 2019, post-doc at California Institute of Technology), Michael Brown (Ph.D. 2018, Data Scientist at Humana), Ryan Dadisman (Ph.D. 2018, post-doc at Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Lakshya Malhotra (Ph.D. 2021, post-doc at University of Wisconsin), Subash Nepal (Ph.D. 2020), Nima Nouri (Ph.D. 2016, post-doc at Yale University), Danielle Schaper (Ph.D. 2021, post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory)

M.S. Students: Joseph Bates (M.S. 2020), Grant Forbes (M.S. 2019), Susan Malkowski (M.S. 2011), Syed Hasan (M.S. 2011)

I am always looking to recruit motivated Ph.D. students.  Please contact me if interested.


I have taught the following courses at the University of Kentucky:


I am grateful to the funding agencies and the peer reviewers for funding under the:

Last Updated: August 20, 2021