• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Elementary Particle Research group

Elementary Particle Research group

The Elementary Particle Research Group, composed of faculty, researchers, post-docs and graduate students,  works in close connection with the Department of Physics of the University of Pisa with the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN, Sezione di Pisa), which provides  the financial support to the groups in which the SNS personnel is involved.  
The members of the group are involved in the following experiments:

, located at the PEP-II storage ring (Stanford, USA), studies the differences between matter and anti-matter in coherent B-meson pairs, performing precision measurements and searches for light New Physics with events from e+e- collisions around 10.58 GeV. The experiment collected data between 1999 and 2008, and continues to be very active in the analysis and publication of papers.

, installed at the LHC accelerator at CERN (Ginevra, CH), studies the proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV, aiming at measuring the Higgs Boson properties, and searching for super-symmetric particles and new particles with mass up to few TeV. CMS is currently operating  and taking data.

, installed at the LHC accelerator at CERN (Ginevra, CH), studies the proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV. LHCb is a specialized b-physics experiment, that  is measuring the parameters of the quark-mixing matrix (CKM matrix) and the CP violation in the  decays of b- and c-hadrons. LHCb is currently operating and taking data. 

RETINA, a R&D project aiming at demonstrating the feasibility of a real-time tracking device based on the so-called "Artificial Retina Algorithm", able to fulfill the needs of Level-0 trigger of LHC experiments (bunch crossing frequency of 40MHz), through the designing and realization of hardware prototypes implemented on commercial field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

BABAR, CMS e LHCb are financially supported by the CSN1 (Particle Physics with Accelerators), while the RETINA project by the CSN5 (Technological and Applied Research in Physics).

Ph.D. Theses

Year Candidate Title Advisors
2016 M. Venturini In progress L. Rolandi
2015 S. Donato In progress L. Rolandi
2015 P. Marino In progress M.J. Morello
2014 C. Vernieri Search for resonances decaying to H(b-bbar) pairs with the CMS experiment at the LHC L. Rolandi, A. Rizzi
2013 M. Trovato Search for WZ/ZZ Production in the Lepton(s) + MET + Jets Channel with the CDF Experiment at the Tevatron Collider G. Bellettini, L. Rolandi, V.Rusu
2013 R. Tito D'Agnolo Naturalness at the LHC R. Barbieri, L. Rolandi
2013 S. Gallorini Study of the K+ → e+νeγ decay with the NA62 experiment M. Sozzi
2013 G. Petrucciani Observation of a new state in the search for the Higgs boson at CMS L. Rolandi
2009 B. Mangano The CMS trakers: contributions to hardware integration, software development and first data taking L. Foà
2009 C. Sgrò The glast large area telescope: calibration, performance and first light results R. Bellazzini
2007 M.J. Morello Measurements of CP Asymmetries and Branching Fractions of Two-Body Charmless Decays of B0 and B0s Mesons G. Punzi
2007 A. Rizzi Search and Raconstruction of Heavy Stable Charged Particles with the CMS experiment at LHC L. Foà
2006 D. Tonelli First observation of the B0s->K+K- decay mode, and measurement of the B0 and B0s mesons decay-rates into two-body,charmless final states at CDF G. Punzi
2005 I. Vivarelli Full hadronic final states of the heavy supersymmetric neutral higgs boson with the atlas detector I. Mannelli, V. Cavasinni
2005 G. Signorelli A sensitive search for lepton-flavor violation: the MEG experiment and the new LXe calorimetry A.M.Baldini
2004 S. Gennai Search of a graviscalar particle in the randall-sundrum model with the CMS experiment at LHC L. Foà


Sezione di Pisa dell’Istituto di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Edificio C - polo Fibonacci - Largo B. Pontecorvo, 3
haed of the group: Luigi Rolandi