Archives of Massimiliano Ferro-Luzzi (1932-2013)

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CERN-ARCH-MFL-001 to 100


Archives of Massimiliano Ferro-Luzzi (1932-2013)


1955 - 2000

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Extent of the unit of description

34 boxes; 100 Items; 4 linear metres

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Name of creator

Massimiliano Ferro-Luzzi

Biographical history

Max Ferro-Luzzi studied at the University of Rome, where he joined the nuclear-emulsion group of Edoardo Amaldi and graduated in 1955.

Starting in 1960, he spent three years at the University of California, Berkeley as a National Academy of Sciences fellow in Luis Alvarez’s group.

In 1963 he moved to CERN where he worked in the Track Chambers Division (TC). His most important contribution, using data from bubble chambers, was the discovery and study of baryonic resonances, especially the elucidation of hyperon resonances.

Ferro-Luzzi was among the first to realize the need to move to electronic detectors.From 1970 to 1980 he formed a small group of counter-and bubble chamber physicists (Group K-) who carried out a high-statistics study of low-energy hadron elastic scattering by purely electronic means. Here, he pioneered new techniques in multiwire proportional chambers and ultraviolet Cherenkov light detection.

In 1976 he spent a sabbatical year at Standford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC).

In 1984 Ferro-Luzzi turned to weak interactions and neutrinos with an experiment at CERN PS (PS191), then in 1986 at the AGS (Alternating Gradient Synchrotron) in Brookhaven with experiment E816. He also conducted tests of the first prototype for the ICARUS (Imaging Cosmic And Rare Underground Signals experiment) neutrino detector. In 1989, he became active in the Jetset experiment (PS202) at CERN’s Low-Energy Antiproton Ring (LEAR).

In 1995 he joined the DIRAC (Dimension Relativistic Atom Complex) collaboration and led the CERN group that played an important role in setting up and carrying out the experiment (PS212).

He retired from CERN in 1997.

Massimiliano was appointed as

  • Chairman of the library committee from 1978 to 1989
  • Member of the Proton Synchrotron and Synchrocyclotron Committee (PSCC) from 1980 to 1982.
  • Scientific secretary of the Research Board from 1984 to 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Ferro-Luzzi, A. and Ferro-Luzzi Ames, G in December 2013

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

This collection contains notes on seminars and talks given by Max Ferro-Luzzi, minutes of meetings, publications, correspondence and working files related to experiments on which he worked.
These includes :

S67 Measurement of K- + p -> Kbar0 + n cross sections from 1-2 GeV/c (1967-1978)
S75 K- + p -> K0+bar n total cross sections (1968-1978)
S88 Interference of $K^{0}_{1} -> \pi^{+} + \pi^{-}$ with $K^{0}_{2} -> \pi^{+} + \pi^{-}$ from $K^{0}$ decay (1969-1979)
S89 Lambda 0 missing-mass Spectrometer (1969-1980)
S90 Study the K* Resonances produced in K- p Interactions at 40 GeV/c with the CERN-IHEP Boson-Spectrometer (1969-1980)
S100 CERN Caen Collaboration - Measure the differential Cross Section of K- n Elastic Scattering between 1 and 2 GeV/c (1969-1982)
S144 CERN-Caen Collaboration - Proposal to measure the K±p forward scattering amplitude at 10 GeV/c by means of the Coulomb-nuclear interference
PS153 Hunt for narrow-baryon formation in π−p backward elastic scattering – Beam P17 (1976-1989)
PS157 High Precision Measurement of the pi-p Total Cross Section - Beam P17 (1977-1990)
PS158 Antiproton X-ray Studies on Isotopic ally Pure Targets - Beam K23 (1977-1988)
PS191 Neutrino Decay collaboration - Search for Decays of Heavy Neutrinos with the PS Beam (1983-1993)
PS202 LEAR-Jetset collaboration - JETSET: Physics at LEAR with an Internal Gas Jet Target and an Advanced General Purpose Detector (1987-2004)
PS212 DIRAC Collaboration - Lifetime Measurements of pi+ pi- and pi+- K-+ Atoms to Test Low-Energy QCD Predictions (1996-2013)
UA6 CERN-Lausanne-Lund-Michigan-Rockefeller Collaboration - An Internal Hydrogen Jet Target in the SPS to Study Inclusive Electromagnetic Final States and Lambda Production in ppbar and pp Interactions at surds = 22.5 GeV
ICARUS Imaging Cosmic And Rare Underground Signals
R704 Charmonium Spectroscopy at the ISR using an Antiproton Beam and a Hydrogen Jet Target (1980-1994)
E816 Search for neutrino oscillations at Brookhaven National Laboratory with AGS

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The original order has been preserved

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Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Most of the material is written in English.

Finding aids

Listed to file level in the CERN Archives Database.

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Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 30th June 2014