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  • Professor and Department Chair
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Nuclear Physics
Chem-Phys 177F
Other Affiliations:

Brad Plaster

Research Interests:
Nuclear Physics

B.S. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999)
Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2003)
Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics, California Institute of Technology (2003-2008)

Professional History
  • Assistant Professor, 2007-2012
  • Associate Professor, 2012-2018
  • Professor, 2018-
  • Associate Chair of Physics and Astronomy, 2017-2021
  • Chair of Physics and Astronomy, 2021-

My research program is currently focused on searches for the neutron electric dipole moment (EDM) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  A discovery of the Time-Reversal-Symmetry-violating neutron EDM would have profound implications for our understanding of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe and physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.  I have also previously worked in neutron beta decay, probing parameters of the weak interaction, and in electron scattering, on measurements of the electromagnetic and weak structure of the neutron and proton.

I am currently serving as the Level-1 Deputy Experiment Director for the neutron EDM experiment at ORNL.

Please also see my personal webpage here.