Francesco RIGGI

Professore ordinario di FISICA SPERIMENTALE [FIS/01]
Ufficio: DFA Stanza 326 (Piano 3)
Email: francesco.riggi@ct.infn.it
Telefono: 5411
Sito web: lab3ct.altervista.org
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Francesco Riggi is full professor in Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Catania. 

Teaching activity
Over the years his teaching activities included lectures on Experimental Physics for students in Biology (1991-2001), General Physics for students in Biology (2001-2007), Scientific Museology for students from all scientific areas (2002-2005), High Energy Nuclear Physics for Master students in Nuclear Physics (2005-present), Physics Laboratory for 3rd year physics students (2009-present), Experimental Methods in Nuclear Physics for Master students in Nuclear Physics (2012-present), Cosmic Rays Physics Laboratory, for PhD students in Physics (2016-present).
As a part of his teaching activity he has acted as supervisor for several bachelor, master and PhD theses in Nuclear and General Physics. He is also involved in the post-degree program for high school teachers and for PhD students.

Research activity
He has carried out research in Experimental Nuclear Physics since 1974: at the beginning of his activity in the field of low and intermediate energies, in various Laboratories over the world (GANIL and CEA Saclay, France), Michigan State University (USA), Moscow (Russia), TSL Uppsala (Sweden), Athens (Greece), Daresbury (United Kingdom) with large solid angle detectors and magnetic spectrometers. 
Since 1995 he is involved in researches carried out at CERN in the domain of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, joining the NA57 experiment at SPS (especially concerned with the study of strangeness production) and the ALICE Collaboration at LHC (A large multipurpose detector for the study of heavy ion collisions at the highest available energies). Within the ALICE Collaboration he has been and is involved in the construction and use of the silicon pixel detector of the Inner Tracker System and in the electromagnetic calorimeter. 
He is also collaborating with the EEE (Extreme Energy Event) Project, to develop an extended network of cosmic ray telescopes in the italian schools, and more recently has taken the responsibility for the construction of a large area muon detector employing the muon tomography technique for the inspection of container (The Muon Portal Collaboration). 
He is author of more than 500 scientific papers published in international physics journals. 

Organization activity
He has been member of the Collaboration Board of the ALICE experiment, Team Leader for the Catania site, and member of the Executive Committee of the EEE Collaboration. He has also been organizer of Workshops and international Meetings, and acts as referee for several Journals in Physics. 
Scientific Coordinator of the PhD School in Physics of the University of Catania (2005-2016). Involved in dissemination and outreach activities, he also collaborates to various newspapers and magazines.

 

Francesco Riggi was born in 1951. He received his master degree in Physics from the University of Catania in 1974. From 1975 to 1979 he was a fellow of the CSFN (Sicilian Center for Nuclear Physics). In 1980 he got a permanent position at the University of Catania as a Researcher, then as Associate Professor and Full Professor (since 2001) in Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Scientific Research

   He has been working for about twenty years (1974-1995) in the field of nuclear physics at low and intermediate energies, participating to experiments concerned with three-body final state nuclear reactions, subthreshold pion and kaon production at intermediate energies, and heavy ion collisions with large multidetectors. Since 1995 he joined the field of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions at CERN, within the NA57 Collaboration, devoted to the study of strangeness enhancement in high energy collisions, and later in the ALICE Collaboration, a large (>1000 participants) international experiment devoted to the study of nuclear matter under extreme  density and energy density conditions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Within the ALICE Collaboration he has been involved with a research team in Catania in the construction of the Silicon Pixel Inner Tracker System (ITS) and of the Electromagnetic Calorimeter. He is also presently involved  in the upgrade activities of this experiment. The physics items of interest in heavy ion collisions with the ALICE detector are concerned with the study of strangeness production as a signature of the Quark Gluon Plasma formation and with the investigation of short lived resonances.

   He has also been  actively carrying out research in the field of Cosmic Ray physics, where he is a member of the EEE Collaboration (an extended network of cosmic ray telescopes built and operated by high school teams) and in various applications of the cosmic ray radiation, concerned with muon tomography techniques, where he has leaded a four-years Project for the construction of a real size prototype detector (3 x 6 x 7 m3),  able to inspect the interior of a cargo container to signal the presence of high-Z fissile materials.

   He has also contributed to other scientific areas of research, in collaboration with the Chemistry Department, including the study of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) of Transition Metal complexes,  and  the use of molecular mass spectrometry with heavy ions.

   He is author or coauthor of more than  500 peer-reviewed scientific papers in all such areas (see attached list of the most recent papers) and has contributed to several International Conferences,  with invited and contributed talks. His recent (2020) H-index (Hirsch) is  72.

   During his scientific career, he has spent various periods abroad, collaborating with many international Institutions and Laboratories: GANIL, CEN-Saclay and Orsay (France), Monash University (Melbourne, Australia),  Tandem Laboratory (Daresbury, UK),  Demokritos Centre (Athens, Greece), Ruder Boskovic Institute (Zagreb, Croatia), TSL Laboratory (Uppsala, Sweden) INR (Moscow, Russia), Michigan State University (USA), CERN, DESY (Germany). He is associated to various scientific Institutions and Societies since many years (CSFN, CERN, SIF, Centro Fermi,..)

   He has been team leader for various research projects, funded by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Italian Minister for Education and Research (MIUR), concerned with nuclear and applied physics. He has also been responsible for a Project on Muon Tomography (2011-2015). He acts as referee for several international Journals in Nuclear and Applied Physics and has been organizer or member of the Editorial Board for various international Conferences and Workshops.

University Teaching  Activity

As a professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Catania, he has been teaching Experimental Physics since more than 35 years, for students in Biology, Chemistry, Geophysics and Physics Curricula. Specific courses in Physics (Bachelor, Master and PhD Curricula) over the past years included: High Energy Nuclear Physics, Experimental Methods in Nuclear Physics, Modern Physics Laboratory Course, Cosmic Ray Physics Laboratory,…). He has been supervisor of more than 50 master and PhD theses, and coauthor of a textbook in experimental physics. As a part of the teaching activity in Physics he has published several papers on educational experiments at various levels (high school and undergraduate) in peer-reviewed scientific Journals (see attached list of educational papers). He has also been lecturer for two interdisciplinary courses: “History of Physics” and “Scientific Museology” within the Faculty of Science of the University of Catania. For about ten years he has also been a member of the Faculty of Theology in Catania, where he contributed giving lectures on Epistemology, History and Philosophy of Science.

Outreach and educational activity

In over 40 years he has devoted a particular attention to the organization of a variety of educational and outreach activities, addressed to citizen people and to high school teachers and students. These included:

  • Classroom lectures on the Big Questions in science and technology, especially addressed to young people. Several lectures per year were delivered in high schools or during public events.
  • Seminars on the advancement of science, especially in nuclear, particle and cosmic ray physics, to establish a link between the advanced research work in big Laboratories and the everyday knowledge of recent results.
  • Organization of exhibitions and public events to promote scientific knowledge in the local territory. Examples of this activity are the following exhibitions:
  •  “The Ancient Cosmologies of the Mediterranean people”, a study of the evolution of the vision of the world and its relation to the religious vision among the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean.
  • “50 years of The Van de Graaff accelerator in Catania”, a recollection of the history of one of the first particle accelerators in Europe and its use for more than 50 years.
  • “Powers of Ten, a series of 42 panels to show a travel through the size of the objects, from the quarks to the large scale of the Universe.
  • “ESPLORA”, a collection of 50 physics interactive experiments to show unusual and fascinating aspects of everyday life.
  • The writing of a large number of articles in newspapers. Over the years he has collaborated with several educational Journals and local newspapers, writing about 150 articles, many of which concerning Science.and Religious Faith (see attached list of Outreach Papers). He is also member of the Editorial Board of the University of Catania NewsLetter Journal (Bollettino di Ateneo).
  • Participation to local radio and TV programs, giving interviews on various aspects of science and its relation with applications and everyday life.
  • Participation and organization of yearly educational events, such as “The Night of Researchers” and “Open Scientific Weeks”, public events organized in the town and receiving a large audience from citizens.
  • Design of CD-ROM and Web-based educational materials concerning the use of particle detectors in physics.
  • Participation to the National Italian Project “Extreme Energy Events”, a large scale network of cosmic ray detectors built and operated by high school teams, involving more than 1000 teachers and students over all Italy.

He is also member of the Teaching Board for the enrollment of high school teachers in Physics.

 For several years, as a professor in Scientific Museology at the University of Catania, has promoted interdisciplinary studies and collaborated with scientific museums for the organization of public exhibitions.

Institutional and Organizational Activity

He has been member of the various Teaching and Institutional Boards in the Physics Department and in the former Faculty of Science at the University of Catania. Since 2005, for more than ten years he has been Coordinator of the PhD School in Physics in Catania and responsible of the Library of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been member and president of several Evaluation Committees for the enrollment of University Researchers and Professors in Experimental Physics in several Italian Universities (Bologna, Salerno, Bari, Catania, Roma). Since 2016 he is member of the National Italian Committee for the evaluation of associate and full professorship candidates in “Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions” (Nuclear and Particle Physics).


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Research activity

Francesco Riggi is full professor in Experimental Physics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Catania. 
He has carried out research mainly in Experimental Nuclear Physics since 1974: at the beginning of his activity in the field of low and intermediate energies, in various Laboratories over the world: GANIL (Caen, France), IPN (Orsay, France), CEA (Saclay, France), Michigan State University (East Lansing, USA), Demokritos Center (Athens, Greece), NSF (Daresbury, Great Britain), JINR (Moscow, Russia), TSL (Uppsala, Sweden), with large solid angle detectors and magnetic spectrometers. 
He has been also involved for several years in experimental activities on electron paramagnetic resonance and mass spectrometry. 
Since 1995 he is involved in research activities carried out at CERN in the domain of ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions, joining the past NA57 experiment at SPS (Strangeness production) and the present ALICE Collaboration at LHC. Within the ALICE Collaboration he has been and is involved in the construction and use of the silicon pixel detector of the Inner Tracker System and in the electromagnetic calorimeter. 
He is also deeply involved in the EEE (Extreme Energy Event) Project, to develop an extended network of cosmic ray telescopes in the italian schools, and more recently has taken the responsibility for the construction of a large area muon detector employing the muon tomography technique for the inspection of container (The Muon Portal Collaboration). 
He is member of the Collaboration Board of the ALICE experiment, Team Leader of the Catania ALICE team, and member of the Executive Committee of the EEE Collaboration. He is author of about 500 scientific papers published in international physics journals and more than 200 contributions to international Conferences. He has also been organizer of Workshops and International Meetings, and acts as referee for several Journals in Physics. 

Current research activities

Ultra-relativistic heavy ion collisions at the CERN SPS and LHC accelerators 
The Muon Portal Project 
Educational experiments in cosmic ray physics and the EEE Project

Outreach and educational activity

In over 40 years he has devoted a particular attention to the organization of a variety of educational and outreach activities, addressed to citizen people and to high school teachers and students. These included:

  • Classroom lectures on the Big Questions in science and technology, especially addressed to young people. Several lectures per year were delivered in high schools or during public events.
  • Seminars on the advancement of science, especially in nuclear, particle and cosmic ray physics, to establish a link between the advanced research work in big Laboratories and the everyday knowledge of recent results.
  • Organization of exhibitions and public events to promote scientific knowledge in the local territory. Examples of this activity are the following exhibitions:
  •  “The Ancient Cosmologies of the Mediterranean people”, a study of the evolution of the vision of the world and its relation to the religious vision among the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean.
  • “50 years of The Van de Graaff accelerator in Catania”, a recollection of the history of one of the first particle accelerators in Europe and its use for more than 50 years.
  • “Powers of Ten, a series of 42 panels to show a travel through the size of the objects, from the quarks to the large scale of the Universe.
  • “ESPLORA”, a collection of 50 physics interactive experiments to show unusual and fascinating aspects of everyday life.
  • The writing of a large number of articles in newspapers. Over the years he has collaborated with several educational Journals and local newspapers, writing about 150 articles, many of which concerning Science.and Religious Faith (see attached list of Outreach Papers). He is also member of the Editorial Board of the University of Catania NewsLetter Journal (Bollettino di Ateneo).
  • Participation to local radio and TV programs, giving interviews on various aspects of science and its relation with applications and everyday life.
  • Participation and organization of yearly educational events, such as “The Night of Researchers” and “Open Scientific Weeks”, public events organized in the town and receiving a large audience from citizens.
  • Design of CD-ROM and Web-based educational materials concerning the use of particle detectors in physics.
  • Participation to the National Italian Project “Extreme Energy Events”, a large scale network of cosmic ray detectors built and operated by high school teams, involving more than 1000 teachers and students over all Italy.

   He is also member of the Teaching Board for the enrollment of high school teachers in Physics.

 For several years, as a professor in Scientific Museology at the University of Catania, has promoted interdisciplinary studies and collaborated with scientific museums for the organization of public exhibitions.

Institutional and Organizational Activity

He has been member of the various Teaching and Institutional Boards in the Physics Department and in the former Faculty of Science at the University of Catania. Since 2005, for more than ten years he has been Coordinator of the PhD School in Physics in Catania and responsible of the Library of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He has been member and president of several Evaluation Committees for the enrollment of University Researchers and Professors in Experimental Physics in several Italian Universities (Bologna, Salerno, Bari, Catania, Roma). Since 2016 he is member of the National Italian Committee for the evaluation of associate and full professorship candidates in “Experimental Physics of Fundamental Interactions” (Nuclear and Particle Physics).

 

25/10/2020
Ripresa lezioni Lab3 in modalità mista (presenza + Teams) dal 26.10

Si comunica che da Lunedì 26.10 riprenderanno le lezioni di Laboratorio di Fisica 3 in modalità mista (in presenza e su Teams), secondo il calendario usuale (Lu h.12-14, Gi h 15-18).

14/10/2020
Comunicazioni organizzazione didattica Laboratorio di Fisica 3

A partire dalla prossima settimana la lezione di Lunedì (h.12-14) si svolgerà solo in remoto su Teams, fino a nuova comunicazione. Inoltre la lezione del Giovedì pomeriggio (h.15-18) si svolgerà -  in modalità mista (Aula + Teams) - usando l'Aula E anziché l'Aula B.

Possibili tesi di laurea triennale e magistrale sui seguenti argomenti:

- Attività sperimentali e di analisi dati nell'ambito dell'esperimento ALICE a LHC

- Attività sperimentali e di analisi dati per applicazioni della tomografia muonica

- Attività sperimentali e di analisi dati in Fisica dei raggi cosmici nell'ambito del Progetto EEE e del Progetto Mini-array