Ostrovskiy, Igor


Ph.D. University of Alabama, 2011

Research Interests

Dr. Ostrovskiy studies properties of neutrinos and searches for physics beyond the Standard Model.  He participates in the EXO-200/nEXO experiments that aim to detect the neutrinoless double beta decay. This decay is forbidden in the Standard Model due to violation of the lepton number conservation. If observed, it would provide information about the neutrino mass scale and prove that neutrinos are their own anti-particles.

Dr. Ostrovskiy is also involved in the search for the magnetic monopoles. These hypothetical particles were suggested to exist by Dirac to explain quantization of the electric charge. Magnetic monopoles are also predicted in many variants of the Grand Unification Theory (GUT) and in Supersymmetric (SUSY) models. He participates in the MoEDAL experiment – a dedicated magnetic monopole search at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Switzerland.  Dr. Ostrovskiy is also developing a magnetic monopole detector to be deployed in the Low Earth Orbit using CubeSats.

Dr. Ostrovskiy received his PhD from the University of Alabama in 2011. He was a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford from 2012 to 2016. He joined the faculty of the University of Alabama in 2016.