Riccardo Longo

Riccardo Longo
Riccardo Longo he/him/his

Primary Research Area

  • Nuclear Physics
Research Scientist
481 Loomis Laboratory


Dr. Riccardo Longo received his Ph.D. from the University of Turin in 2018, with a thesis on spin effects in pion-induced Drell-Yan reactions at the COMPASS Experiment at CERN, including the first-ever measurement of the Transverse Spin Asymmetries of the Drell-Yan cross-section. After his graduation, he became a post-doc at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and spent 1 year at CERN working on COMPASS data analyses and supercomputing applications before moving to the US, where he joined the Nuclear Physics Lab effort in the Heavy Ion program of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He is currently a Research Scientist in the UIUC Physics Department, and he serves as Technical Coordinator of the ATLAS Zero Degree Calorimeter, project leader for the ATLAS Reaction Plane Detector, and Co-principal investigator and project manager of the joint ZDC upgrade for the ATLAS and CMS experiments for the High-Luminosity LHC. His hardware involvement is closely related to his physics interests, which encompass a wide array of jet-based measurements to study hot and cold QCD effects emerging in nucleus-nucleus and proton-nucleus collisions.

Academic Positions

  • Research Scientist, Unviersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2023 - present 
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 - 2022

Other Professional Employment

Research Interests

  • Zero Degree Calorimetry
  • Heavy Ion Physics
  • Forward Physics
  • Electron-Ion Collider
  • Spin Structure of the Nucleon
  • Supercomputing

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

Pending Articles

Invited Lectures

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • International Conference of Physics Students 2017, Turin (Italy), 7 - 14 August 2017
  • XIV International Workshop on Hadron Structure and Spectroscopy, Cortona (Italy), 2 - 5 April 2017
  • Deep Inelastic Scattering 2019, Turin (Italy), 8 - 12 April 2019

Professional Societies

  • CERN User, 2013 - Present
  • COMPASS Collaboration Member, 2014 - Present
  • ATLAS Collaboration Member, 2020 - Present
  • Joint Zero Degree Calorimeter Project Technical Coordinator, 2019 - Present
  • Fermilab User, 2019 - Present
  • American Physical Society Member, 2020 - Present
  • Italian Physical Society Member, 2016 - Present

Research Honors

  • Carlo Castagnoli Award, for " Scientific industriousness" assigned by the Italian Physics Society (11 September 2017)

Recent Courses Taught

  • PHYS 371 - Design Like a Physicist