Lucio Cerrito

Professor of Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions
Coordinator of the Faculty of Natural, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences - Deputy Director of the Physics Department

Lucio Cerrito is a particle physicist studying the properties of subatomic particles, 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 and is a member of the CDF Collaboration at the Tevatron collider in the USA since the early 2000’s. With CDF, Cerrito 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, and in 2019 he led ATLAS most precise top quark mass measurement using semileptonic B 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.

- Ph.D. in Experimental Particle Physics, University College London, 2002
- Laurea in Fisica, “Sapienza” University of Rome, 1998
- Postgraduate Certificate on Academic Practice, Queen Mary University of London, 2009

-Reader in Particle Physics, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL, UK), 2013 -16
-Lecturer of Experimental Particle Physics, Queen Mary University of London (UK), 2006 -13
-PPARC Research Fellow, University of Oxford (UK), 2005-06.
-Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), 2002-05

Other Academic or Research Appointments:
-Visiting Reader, University of Southampton, 2013-17.
-Associate Professor, University of Perugia (Italy), 2014-15.
-Visiting Scientist, CERN, 2011-12.
-Visiting Scientist, Royal Society's International Short Visit, CERN (Switzerland), 2007
-Lecturer, Exeter College, University of Oxford (UK) 2006
-Visiting Scientist, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (IL, USA), 1999-2005.
-Research Assistant, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, CCLRC, Didcot (UK), 1998-02
-INFN Research Student, Frascati National Laboratory, INFN, Frascati (Italy), 1997-98

-Grantee of the European Research Council, ERC Consolidator Grant (2015-21)
-Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics (Elected 2018)
-Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (Admitted 2009)
-Recipient of the QMUL Science and Engineering Research Performance Award (2013)
-Co-recipient of the 2019 EPS-HEP Prize to the CDF and D0 Collaborations (2019) “for the discovery and detailed measurements of the top quark”
-Co-recipient of the 2013 EPS-HEP Prize to the ATLAS Collaboration (2013) “for the discovery of the Higgs boson”
-Recipient of a UK Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2011)
-Recipient of a UK Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council Fellowship (2005-08)
-Member of the European Physical Society (2015-)
-Member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN (2007-)
-Member of the CDF Collaboration at FermiLab (2000-)


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

I am author of over 1000 publications. Click here for a full Publications List (Spires database search)

Select Publications

  1. ATLAS Collaboration, Search for flavor-changing neutral-current couplings between the top quark and the Zboson with LHC Run 2 proton-proton collisions at sqrt{s}=13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Rev. D 108 (2023) 032019, arXiv:2301.11605 [hep-ex] (2022) 

  2. ATLAS Collaboration, Measurement of the top quark mass using a leptonic invariant mass in pp collisions at 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector, JHEP 06 (2023) 019, arXiv:2209.00583 [hep-ex] (2022) 

  3. 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)

  4. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  5. ATLAS Collaboration, Performance of the ATLAS Trigger in the 2010 running at the LHC., European Physics Journal C72 1849 (2012).

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

  7. ATLAS Collaboration, 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).

  8. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  9. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  10. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  11. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  12. CDF Collaboration, Search for anomalous semileptonic decay of heavy flavour quarks produced in association with a W boson. Physical Review D, RC73 051101 (2006).

  13. CDF Collaboration, 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).

  14. CDF Collaboration, First measurements of inclusive W and Z cross sections from Run II of the Tevatron Collider. Physical Review Letters 94, 091803 (2005).

  15. CDF Collaboration, 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).

Other Select Documents

- L. Cerrito, on behalf of the ATLAS Collaboration, Highlights on top quark physics with the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, ATL-PHYS-PROC-2023-068 (2023)
- L. Cerrito et al, Measurement of the top quark pair production cross-section with ATLAS in pp collisions at √s=7 TeV in the single-lepton channel using semileptonic b decays, ATLAS- CONF-2012-131 (2012)


-Upgrade of the ATLAS Level-1 Muon Trigger
-Measurement of the production, properties and mass of the top quark;
-Measurement of associated W and heavy quark.
-Higgs searches at low mass and high mass, in the WW and ttH channels;
-European Research Council action NPTEV-TQP2020


Teaching in the Physics Department
ID Course Name Semester Length CFU
Particle Physics First 14 Weeks 6
Physics of Energy and the Environment First 14 Weeks 6