Lucio Cerrito

Professore Ordinario di Fisica Sperimentale delle Particelle Elementari
Vicedirettore del Dipartimento di Fisica

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Lucio Cerrito is a particle physicist studying the production and mass of the top quark, the associated production of W-bosons with bottom and charm quarks, and the Higgs boson in high-energy hadronic collisions. The analysis of the production and dynamics of heavy quarks at the energy frontier could lead to the discovery of unknown particles and forces, advancing our understanding of the Universe and its space-time fabric.

Professor Cerrito works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN's Large Hadron Collider (Switzerland) since 2007. He was a member of the CDF Collaboration at the Tevatron collider in the USA in the early 2000’s, where he measured properties of the W boson (the polarisation at high transverse momentum) and of the top quark (the production rate and mass), worked on the early alignment of the tracking detector and was responsible for the operations of the central muon detectors during the Run II commissioning phase and until 2004. In 2004, Prof. Cerrito investigated a claim of new physics in W and jets with semileptonic B decays. He went on to study the charge correlation of W and B in top pairs and while searching for anomalies on the charge signs of the muon from the semileptonic heavy quark decay and the accompanying W, he performed the first measurement of W+charm production cross section. This technique allows the direct determination of the strange quark density in the proton. In 2016, prof. Cerrito used ATLAS data to perform the first ever measurement of CP violation in B mesons produced from top-quark decays.

Professor Cerrito has held academic positions at Queen Mary University of London, the University of Oxford and the University of Illinois. He is a grantee of the European Research Council for the project NPTEV-TQP2020, a Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics and a Fellow of the of the UK Higher Education Academy.


Radiation and Detectors, Introduction to the Physics of Radiation and Detection Devices by Lucio Cerrito, Ed. Springer (2017).

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  1. -ATLAS Collaboration, Measurement of charge and CP asymmetries in b-hadron decays using top-quark events collected by the ATLAS detector in pp collisions at sqrt{s}=8TeV, JHEP 02 (2017) 071, arXiv:1610.07869[hep-ex] (2016)

  2. -G. Aad et al., Measurement of the production of a W boson in association with a charm quark in pp collisions at sqrt(s)=7 TeV with the ATLAS detector, JHEP05 (2014) 068, arXiv:1402.6263 (2014).

  3. -T. Aaltonen et al., Observation of the Production of a W Boson in Association with a Single Charm Quark, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 071801 (2013), arXiv:1209.1921 (2012).

  4. - Aad et al., Performance of the ATLAS Trigger in the 2010 running at the LHC., European Physics Journal C72 1849 (2012).

  5. - Aad et al., Measurement of the top quark pair production cross-section with ATLAS in the single lepton channel, Physics Letters B 711 244-263 (2012)

  6. - G.Aad et al., Measurement of the top quark pair production cross-section with ATLAS in pp collisions at sqrt(s) = 7 TeV , European Physics Journal C, 71 (2011) 1577, arXiv:1012.1792 [hep-ex] (2010).

  7. T.Aaltonen et al., Exclusion of an Exotic Top Quark with -4/3 Electric Charge Using Soft Lepton Tagging, arXiv:1006.4597v1 (2010), Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 101801 (2010).

  8. T. Aaltonen et al., Measurement of the Top Quark Mass Using the Invariant Mass of Lepton Pairs in Soft Muon b-tagged Events arXiv:0906.5371v1 [hep-ex], Physical Review D (R) 80 051104 (2009).

  9. T. Aaltonen et al., Measurement of the t-tbar Production Cross Section in 2~fb^-1 of p-pbar Collisions at sqrt{s}=1.96 TeV Using Lepton Plus Jets Events with Soft Muon b-Tagging. Physical Review D 79, 052007 (2009).

  10. T. Aaltonen et al., First measurement of the production of a W boson in association with a single charm quark in proton-antiproton collisions at sqrt{s}=1.96 TeV. Physical Review Letters 100, 091803 (2008).

  11. A. Abulencia et al., Search for anomalous semileptonic decay of heavy flavour quarks produced in association with a W boson. Physical Review D, RC73 051101 (2006).

  12. D. Acosta et al., Measurement of the top-antitop production cross section in proton anti-proton collisions at sqrt(s)=1.96 TeV using lepton plus jets events with soft muon b-tagging. Physical Review D 72, 032002 (2005).

  13. D. Acosta et. al., First measurements of inclusive W and Z cross sections from Run II of the Tevatron Collider. Physical Review Letters 94, 091803 (2005).

  14. D. Acosta et. al., Measurement of the polar angle distribution of leptons from W boson decay as a function of the W transverse momentum in proton anti-proton collisions at sqrt(s) = 1.8 TeV. Physical Review D 70, 032004 (2004).

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