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Prof Iacopo Vivarelli

Post:Professor (Physics and Astronomy, Experimental Particle Physics Research Group)
Other posts:Reader in Physics & Astronomy (Data Intensive Science Centre at the University of Sussex)
Location:PEVENSEY 2 4A7

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 678114
International:+44 1273 678114

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Previous employments:

  • 2009 - 2013: Akademischer Rat (Junior faculty position) at the University of Freiburg (Germany)
  • 2005 - 2009: Post Doc position with the University of Pisa (Italy)


  • 2001-2005: PhD (Diploma di Perfezionamento) in Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy)
  • 1996-2001: Laurea in Fisica (Summa cum Laude) at University of Pisa


High energy physics is the study of the fundamental constituents of matter and the forces that act between them. The turn on in 2009 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) created an unprecedented opportunity to significantly deepen our understanding of fundamental physics. The ATLAS general purpose particle detector is used to study the results of collisions between LHC accelerated protons at the world’s highest centre-of-mass energy. The search of the Higgs boson and the search for physics beyond the Standard Model, e.g. Supersymmetry, are the most important physics topics of the ATLAS experiment.



The ATLAS experiment is built and operated by a large international collaboration of about 3000 physicists and it is in its science exploitation phase. I am a member of this collaboration and I have hold several coordination roles:

  • Co-coordinator of all ATLAS activities for the search of Supersymmetry (2015-2017)
  • Co-coordinator of the analysis activities for the search of stop pair production (2012-2013)
  • Co-convener of the ATLAS SUSY group background forum. Coordination of the background estimation activity for SUSY analysis in ATLAS. (2011-2012)
  • Chairman of the Physics Validation (software certification for physics use. 2008-2009)
  • Responsible for the re-design of the ATLAS analysis model for Run 2 (2013-2014)
  • Appointed editor for several physics papers on SUSY searches in final states with missing transverse momentum and b-jets, focusing on third generation squark searches.

More informations on the ATLAS experiment can be found on its public web page