Physics at Virginia

Kent Paschke

Ph.D., 2001, Carnegie Mellon
Director of Graduate Studies

Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Interests

Professor Paschke’s research activity focuses on precision measurements of parity-violation in electron scattering at Jefferson Lab, in Newport News Virginia. These measurements have proven to be a useful tool for the study of the building blocks of the atomic nucleus and for testing the completeness of the Standard Model of electroweak interactions. A recently completed series of experiments address a range of topics, including strange quarks in nuclei, nuclear structure in a 208Pb nucleus, and the electroweak coupling of the nucleons. Prof. Paschke is also actively developing a future program which will take advantage of the upcoming energy upgrade at JLab. His activities at JLab are supported by an optics test stand at the University of Virginia, with research on the laser optics used to produce polarized electrons for precision measurements and the development of laser systems used for Compton polarimetry.

News Items

A new measurement, presented by UVa graduate and postdoctoral scholar Caryn Palatchi at the APS Division of Nuclear Physics annual meeting, reveals that heavier types of calcium nuclei are ......More >
A new result from the PREX-2 experiment, recently published in Physical Review Letters, ......More >
UVAToday has a nice article highlighting UVa's contributions to recent results in particle physics:   University of Virginia physicists have recently ......More >
The weak charge of the proton has been measured to high precision, for the first time, by the Q-weak experiment at the Department of Energy’s Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator ......More >