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Stefano Zucchelli

Associate Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy "Augusto Righi"

Academic discipline: FIS/01 Experimental Physics

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae

Personal information :

Stefano Zucchelli
was born in San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna) on 02/10/1953
e-mail: [mailto:], [mailto:]
Tel. (39) 051 209 5204

Education and training:
Degree in Physics, University of Bologna, 12/16/1977 with a score of 110/110 and honors
Thesis: "Production of particles in high-energy p-nuclei collisions"

Chronological Positions:
2014- Associate Professor, University of Bologna, Scientific Disciplinary Sector (S.S.D.) FIS / 01, Area of Competition (Settore Concorsuale S.C. ) 02/A1

1984 - Researcher of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics ( INFN )- Section of Bologna
1984-2014 University Researcher, University of Bologna
1983-1984 Visiting Scientist at Cornell University (USA) to carry out experimental research activities at the Tevatron of Fermilab for the study of proton-proton and proton-antiproton elastic collisions at energies between 300 and 1800 GeV in the center of mass
1980-1983 Research Associate at the Northwestern University of Chicago (USA) to carry out research and experimental activities on the ISR collection rings of CERN in Geneva for the study of proton-proton and proton-antiproton elastic collisions at energies between 30.6 and 62.3 GeV in center of mass
1979 Scholarship from the Department of Elementary Particle Physics, D.Ph.P.E. at the Nuclear Research Laboratory in Saclay (France)

Main scientific responsibilities
2016-2018 Chair of the Publication Board of the CUORE experiment

2017 Member of the Selection Committee for an RTD-B S. C. 02 / A1 S.S.D. FIS / 04, at the Department of Physics (DIFI) of the University of Genova ( Italy)
2017 Member of the Selection Committee for an RTD-A competition, S. C. 02 / A1 S.S.D. FIS / 01, at the Department of Physics G.Occhialini of Milan ( Italy)

2015 Member of the local organizing committee of the LHC-b collaboration meeting (Bologna)

2014 – today Member of the LHC-b collaboration at Cern in Geneva (Switzerland)

2013 Chair of the Selection Committee for an RTD-A competition S.C. 02 / A1, S.S.D. FIS / 01 at the QUVI Department of the University of Bologna's

2011-2014 Head (P.I.) of the CDF experiment for the INFN Section of Bologna. The assignment involves the scientific and financial management of a group of researchers and technologists

2011-2014 Member of the Exec Board of the CDF experiment

2008-2017 Member of the CUORE Collaboration Council

2008-2017 Head (P.I.) of the CUORE experiment for the INFN Section of Bologna
The assignment involves the scientific and financial management of a group of researchers and technologists

2007 MIUR paid assignemnt for the in itinere and ex post evaluation of nine international FIRB projects Italy-USA and Italy-Israel for the Physics area

2000-2004 Coordinator for the INFN Section in Bologna of the INFN reaserch sector, which deals with research in physics of elementary particles and fundamental interactions carried out with particle accelerators (Group I). The office is elective with a three-year mandate and involves the coordination of the activities of the various experimental groups of the Section and the representation of Bologna in the National Scientific Board (CSN1) which examines and coordinates the scientific activities of Group I

1999-2003 Organizer and member of the teaching staff of the School of Dynamics of the School of Dynamics Multiple Production in Strong Interactions "(Bologna 31 / 5-3 / 6/1999, Trieste 11-16 / 6/2001 and, to international character, Bologna 23-27 / 6/2003

1996 Director of the Updating Course "Entropia: reflections and insights", approved with Provisional Decree no. 1030 c. 13 of 12/10/96 addressed to the teachers of the secondary schools of the province of Reggio Emilia (Italy)

1991 Organizer and co-editor of the International Conference on "Elastic and Diffractive Scattering", La Biodola, Island of Elba

1990-2014 Member of the CDF collaboration at the Fermilab Tevatron particle accelerator in Batavia, Usa. The experiment studied the interactions proton-antiproton to an energy in the center of mass of 1.96 TeV. Among the numerous relevant results scientific achievements and 'to highlight the discovery of the quark "top" occurred in 1994

1984-1990 Member of the E710 experiment at the accumulation ring of protons and antiprotons with magnets "Tevatron Collider" superconductors from Chicago's Fermilab. Experiment for collisions proton-antiproton elastic at energies between 300 and 1800 GeV in the center of mass

1980-1984 Member of the R211 experiment at the Intersecting Storage Rings (ISR) of the CERN in Geneva. Experiment for the study of proton-proton and elastic collisions proton-antiproton at energies between 30.6 and 62.3 GeV in the center of mass

1979-1980 Member of the WA 33 experiment at CERN in Geneva for the measurement of the production cross sections of light antinuclei up to anti-He3 and for the research of new long-life charged particles, using a separate secondary beam with superconducting cavity separators.


Main activities in the scientific field
LHC-b- organization of the LHC-b collaboration meeting (Bologna)
- participation in data shifts at CERN in Geneva

CUORE - collaboration in the analysis of neutrino double beta decay with the CUORE-0 detector
-collaboration to the analysis for the detection of the intrinsic noise of cryogenic detectors (bolometers)
-proponent of a collaboration with the National Institute of Geophysics of L'Aquila for the characterization of the CUORE bolometric detector environmental vibrational noise background
- responsible for the movement system of the Cryostat crystals screens
- responsible for the design, construction and management of the Heart Part Storage Area (PSA)
- participation in shifts in data collection at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories of the INFN in L'Aquila

CDF - analysis contributions for the measurement of the cross-section of the charmed mesons produced at low tranfer impulse. See the publication on the production of the D + mesons in PHYSICAL REVIEW D - ISSN:2470-0010 vol. 95 (9), DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.95.092006. pp.1-8.
- participation in the analysis of proton-antiproton interactions with low transverse pulse
- participation in the analysis of minimum bias events
- internal referees of CDF (Goodparent) of several CDF articles
- participation as Scientific Coordinator in data shifts starting from 2008
- responsible for the CDF of the high-voltage power supply system of the "Plug Upgrade" calorimeters
- coordinator of the Bologna group for the realization and test at Fermilab of the hadron calorimeter of CDF
(project: Plug & End Cap Calorimeters Upgrade) (Nucl. Instrum. Meth. - A Vol.480 (2002) 524-546)
- responsible for the realization in Bologna of a laboratory for the characterization of half of 2000
photomultiplier of the calorimeter Plug Upgrade (Nuclear Instrum. Meth. -A Vol. 532 Issue 3 (2004) 575-610)
- responsible for the activities related to the design and construction of the mounting system (fixture) of the
mechanical support of the Intermediate Silicon Layer (ISL) detector, contributed by Bologna to the
modernization of the VTX vertex detector of CDF II (New Cimento-A Vol 112 Issue 11 (1999) 1345-
1350, Nucl. Instrum. Meth.-A Vol 435 Issue 1-2 (1999) 44-50)
- participation in data collection sessions at the Fermilab in Chicago (USA)

E710 - participation in all phases of research with responsibility for the group's scientific direction
of researchers from Bologna
- responsible for the analysis of the slope of the elastic elastic peak in proton antiproton collisions
- personal contribution in all phases of the analysis of the single diffractive impact cross section
- responsible for the design, installation and management of the "Roman Pots", a crucial device for the measurements at very small angles (Nuclear Instrum. Meth -A Vol. 252 Issue 2- 3 (1986) 263-266, Nuclear Instrum. Meth. -A Vol. 518 Issue 1-2 (2004) 270-276)
- participation in the data collection rounds at Fermilab

R211 - responsible for simulation and data analysis programs for the measurement of the elastic cross section
- personal contribution to data analysis for total cross section measurements
- personal contribution to the management of the apparatus for large-angle measurements
- participation in data shifts at CERN

WA33 - participation in every aspect of the experiment, including technical and organizational ones
- participation in data shifts at CERN

The overall research activity is documented in over 780 publications in international journals with reference.                                                         h-index: 86
(extracted from the Core Collection citation database managed by Thomas Reuters or "Web of Science" (WOS))

In 2017 he obtained the qualification to the Prima Fascia Settore 02 / A1 - EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS OF FUNDAMENTAL INTERACTIONS





Summary of the teaching activity:

In the academic years from 1984/85 to 1991/92 Stefano Zucchelli carried out supplementary teaching activities, practice exercises, student's consulting hours and participated to the academic examinations for different courses of the Engineering faculty of Bologna

In the following academic years from 1992 until 2014 he obtained a paid commitment for teaching courses at the faculties of Engineering and Pharmacy of the University of Bologna. Academic years 2014/2015 and subsequent years course of General Physics T-A and T-B C.I. , C.d.L. in Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering of Bologna (12 credits, 120 hours of lectures)


Stefano Zucchelli helped many senior year students and has been supervisor of several graduation thesis in Physics.  The latest in chronological time, the Master's degrees thesis in Physics presented by Elena Gramellini, senior year student of the university of Bologna and by Luigi Marchese,  senior year student of the University Federico II of Naples in 2014.

Activities of science research enhancing and of educational, cultural and development value (third mission)

2012- Founding member of the 'Franco Rimondi Association' ( ) founded in November 2012 to remember the colleague and friend Prof. Franco Rimondi. The association is non-profit and has arisen from the will of people who wish to promote studies and research in the scientific field of High Energy Physics

1997-1998 Realization, in occasion of the celebrations for the commemoration of Lazzaro Spallanzani, of an informative monographic intervention integral part of a commemorative CD on the work of the scientist

1997-1998 Speaker on invitation to science popularization conferences, including the cycle of conferences "Open windows about the future" dedicated to advanced research and globalization of the economy held in 1997 under the patronage of the UNESCO Center of Reggio Emilia, and "Sunset on the West" series of conferences on the theme "Reason and irrationality at the end of the short century", organized in 1998 from the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Cadelbosco di Sopra, (RE)

1995 Founding Member of the University Laboratory "Paolo Ruffini" between Physics and Mathematics, activated, in Reggio Emila since 1995 at the Reggio Emilia university.


Detailed description of the scientific activity:

The scientific activity of Stefano Zucchelli has been and is still dedicated to experimental researches in high energy physics. As from 1979 Stefano Zucchelli continued the research, subject of his graduation thesis, of new long-lived charged particles, using a secondary beam separated by separating superconductor cavities. The experiment measured the production cross sections of light anti-nuclei up to the anti-He3 and set down higher limits to the production cross section of anti-He4 and of new stable charged particles. The experiment was a very valuable experience also because the small number of researches from Bologna and Saclay forced all the participants to a global commitment on every aspect of the activity, including the technical as well as the organizing ones.

As a Research Associate of the Northwestern University, Stefano Zucchelli took part during the 1980-1984 period in an experiment of elastic collision of proton-proton and proton-antiproton of the ISR rings of the Cern of Geneva. The experiment collected data at energy between 30.6 e 62.3 GeV in the center of mass and observed experimentally for the first time the growth of the total cross section of  proton-antiproton up to energy of 52.8 GeV in the center of mass center. The experiment also performed precise measurements of the total cross section, and of the slope and of the ratio of the real to the imaginary part of the forward proton-antiproton elastic scattering amplitude.  A close comparison of the total cross sections as function of the center of mass energy was made possible.  Stefano Zucchelli was responsible for the physics simulations and for the data analysis, in particular in relation to the cross section measurement.  He also contributed to the construction of the apparatus for the measurements at large scattering angles.

He then continued the study of the hadronic elastic interactions at higher energy, using the  “Tevatron Collider “  at the Fermilab in Chicago, The Tevatron Collider was the first particles accelerator running with superconductive magnets. It started working in 1987 and was able to produce collisions between protons and anti-protons at energies between 300 and 1800 GeV in the center of mass. The experiment precisely measured  the slope of the elastic peak, the total proton-antiproton cross section, the elastic and single diffractive cross section and the ratio between the real and the imaginary part of the forward proton-antiproton elastic scattering amplitude up to 1800 GeV in the center of mass.   Quite important is the experimental observation that the differential elastic cross section does not show any structure in the measured t range  ( 0.03 < t < 0.6 )  indication perhaps of an asymptotic behavior  already at the Tevatron energies. Stefano Zucchelli's contribution to this experiment was fundamental. Besides participating to all the research phases, from the experiment planning to the analysis of the collected data, he also collaborated to the construction planning and installation of the part of the apparatus crucial for the measurement of the smaller angles, the so-called “Roman Pots”. 

In 1990 Stefano Zucchelli joined the CDF collaboration, an experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron Collider. CDF is an international collaboration of many institutions, among which the University of Bologna and the INFN section of Bologna.   Of great importance was the discovery made by the experiment in 1994 of the existence of the “top” quark and the precise measurement of its mass and production cross section. The CDF detector was an all-purpose apparatus allowing one to move in all the fields of study of the hadronic interactions.  The Bologna group gave its contribution in analyzing the large amount of data collected  at low four momentum transfer (low Pt), the so called  Minimum Bias  and Zero Bias triggers, undertaking starting on  2006  the full  reponsability of the  low Pt data reduction into standard n-tuples.  The analysis of the Minimum Bias trigger  gave an essential contribution, in terms of calibration and control of the several detectors of the CDF experimental apparatus.  The specific studies carried out  by the Bologna group on Minimum Bias data have led to important observations of invariance behavior of the low Pt component  ( soft interactions)  of the  hadronic multibodies production,  as function of center of mass energy.   

These results have been already published for the great part, but some analysis is still under way, with a view of a next publication.  Stefano Zucchelli actively participated to the Bologna group data analyses, in particular the one centered on the systematic study of the low Pt interactions. In addition the Bologna group, directly coordinated by the undersigned, collaborated to the construction of an electromagnetic and hadronic calorimeter of new design.  The instrument, that innovatively matched the use of wave length shifter fibres with scintillator tiles, was part of the CDF upgrade (Plug and End Cap calorimeters). Finally the Bologna group contributed to the planning and realization of the ISL (Intermediate Silicon Layer), the detector's mechanic support, modernization of the VTX of  CDF II. As a whole the detectors upgrade have led to the renovation and substitution of about two thirds of the CDF apparatus and have given birth to a second phase of data collection, called run II, that finally ended in 2011.

In the years 2000-2004 Stefano Zucchelli was Coordinator for the Bologna section of the Italian National Institute for Nuclear Research (INFN) of the INFN physics activity “Group I” which is in charge of the researches carried out with particle accelerators.  The office is elective and has a three year mandate. It involves the coordination of the several experimental groups of the Section and the representation of Bologna in the National Scientific Commission I which examines and coordinates all the INFN scientific activities relevant to the physics research of the elemental particles and basic interactions conducted at the particle accelerators  and the assignment of the financial resources of the sector. 

Since 2008 he is also member of the Cuore experiment. This experiment, which will take place at the INFN Underground Gran Sasso Laboratory, has the aim to measure or set limits on the neutrino mass and to determine the nature, either  Majorana or Dirac, of the neutrino, by studying  the neutrinoless double beta decay. The detector will be a cryogenic detector, a bolometer, made of tellurium oxide crystals. The Bologna group, coordinated by the undersigned, has up to now actively contributed to the construction of the detector. In particular the group took care of the preparation at the Gran Sasso laboratories of a storage room free of radon for the storage of more than a thousand tellurium oxide crystals and to realize the database for the management of the same crystals. For what concerns the commissioning activities, the group is responsible for the delicate movement of the cryogenic vessels of the Cuore cryostat. It also contributes to the set up of the experiment's Slow Control software.

Since the beginning of 2012 Stefano Zucchelli is the P.I. in charge of the CDF and CUORE experiments of the INFN section of Bologna.  

Since 2014 he is a member of the LHC-b experiment at Cern in Geneva, Switzerland.

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