paolo zuccon
Assistant Professor

Paolo Zuccon

Name: Paolo Zuccon

Title(s): Assistant Professor of Physics

Email: pzuccon@mit.edu

Phone: (617) 253-8564

Assistant: Christine Holland (617) 253-4249


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg. 44-123C
Cambridge, MA 02139


Area of Physics:

Experimental Nuclear and Particle Physics

Research Interests

Professor Zuccon's research is centered on the search for new Physics in the cosmic rays. His recent work has mostly been associated with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 02, a particle physics detector installed on the International Space Station measuring the cosmic rays flux. He participated to the construction and qualification of the AMS-02 Silicon Tracker and he designed and implemented the silicon tracker data reconstruction software. He formed a new group at MIT with the goal of searching for signatures of the dark matter nature in the AMS-02 large statistic data. He is currently working on the measurement of the positron and anti-proton spectra.

Biographical Sketch

Paolo Zuccon is born in Italy where he conducted most of his research work before joining the MIT as Assistant Professor in January 2012. He received his Laurea in Fisica (Master Degree in Physcs) in 1998 at the Padova University defending a thesis  about the analysis of data a from  NOMAD,  a CERN Neutrino Oscillation experiment. He also spent another year after the degree working on Neutrino Physics with prof. M. Baldo-Ceolin. Then he moved to the Perugia University where he worked in the prof. R. Battiston group as graduate student analyzing the AMS-01 data. He got his Ph.D. in 2003 at Perugia University defending a thesis about a model of the cosmic rays interaction with the Earth magnetosphere based on AMS-01 data. He worked as post-doc and then as research scientist for the Perugia branch of Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN),  with a major involvement of the AMS-02 project for what concerns the silicon tracker data acquisition and reconstruction software. He also took part to other projects aimed to support  the high luminosity phase of the LHC project.
He served  as ambulance driver at his hometown Red Cross unit.

Selected Publications

  • K. Lubelsmeyer et al. Upgrade of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02) for long term operation on the International Space Station (ISS). NIM, A 654, 639-648, 2011.
  • G. Alberti and P. Zuccon, AMI: AMS Monitoring Interface, J. Phys., Conf. Ser. 331, 082008, 2011
  • B. Alpat et al., The internal alignment and position resolution of the AMS-02 silicon tracker determined with cosmic-ray muons, NIM, A 613, 207-217, 2010.
  • W. Scandale et al., Observation of Multiple Volume Reflection of Ultrarelativistic Protons by a Sequence of Several Bent Silicon Crystals, Phys. Rev. Lett. 102, 084801, 2009
  • W. Scandale et al. High-Efficiency Volume Reflection of an Ultrarelativistic Proton Beam with a Bent Silicon Crystal., Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 154801, 2007.
  • J. Alcaraz et al., The alpha magnetic spectrometer silicon tracker: Performance results with protons and helium nuclei, NIM, A 593, 376-398,2008.
  • AMS-01 Collaboration (M. Aguilar et al.). Cosmic-ray positron fraction measurement from 1 to 30-GeV with AMS-01., Phys. Lett. B646 145-154, 2007.
  • P. Zuccon, et al., Atmospheric production of energetic protons, electrons and positrons observed in near earth orbit , Astropart., Phys.20:221-234,2003.
  • AMS Collaboration, The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) on the International Space Station. I: Results from the test flight on the space shuttle, Phys.Rept. 366:331-405,2002,Erratum-ibid.380: 97-98,2003.
  • AMS Collaboration, Helium in near orbit, Phys. Lett. B 494, 193-202, 2000
  • NOMAD Collaboration A More sensitive search for neutrino(muon) ---> neutrino(tau) oscillations in NOMAD., Phys.Lett. B453:169-186,1999.

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