Prof. Dr. Livia Ludhova

Prof. Dr. Livia Ludhova
  • Focus of Research: The current research of Livia Ludhova is focused on low-energy neutrino physics based on large-volume liquid-scintillator detectors. She is a member of the Borexino/SOX and JUNO collaborations. Her long-term expertise on solar and geo neutrinos was in recent years broadened to sterile neutrino and to neutrino-mass hierarchy measurement with reactor antineutrinos.

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  • PhD in Experimental Physics (2005)
    Dèpartement de Physique, Universitè de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland;
    Thesis title: “The Muonic Hydrogen Lamb Shift Experiment: Lifetime and Population of the μp(2S) State”
  • M.A. in Physics (2001)
    Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia;
    Thesis title: “Production and study of exotic atoms at DAΦNE”
  • PhD in Geology (1998)
    Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia;
    Thesis title: “Reconstruction of Variscan P-T-t (pressure-temperature-time) path of metapelites in the crystalline complex of Western and High Tatra Mts., Western Carpathians, Slovakia”
  • M.A. in Geology (1996)
    Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia;
    Thesis title: “Metmorphic evolution of sillimanite-zone metapelites in the crystalline complex of Tatra Mts., Western Carpathians, Slovakia”


  • since November 2015
    W2 Professor in Experimental Physics at RWTH Aachen and head of the neutrino group at IKP-2, Forschungzentrum Jülich, Germany.
    Funding through the recruitment initiative of the HGF.
  • October 2005– October 2015
    Postdoc and researcher at Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Milano, Italy
  • September 2001 – September 2005
    Doctorante Fonds National “B” e assistante diplome’, Dèpartement de Physique, Universitè de Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland.
  • October 1996 – August 1999
    Ph.D. scholarship – Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.


Courses in RWTH Aachen

Current Responsibilities and Organisational Positions


  • Physics (co-)coordinator of the Borexino experiment
  • (Co-)coordinator of Borexino solar analysis (nusol) working group
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the Borexino experiment
  • Member of the Institutional Board of the Borexino experiment
  • Member of the Institutional Board of the JUNO experiment
  • Member of the Speakers Committee of the JUNO experiment
  • L2-manager for the JUNO-OSIRIS calibrations
  • Data-quality manager in Borexino


  • Member of the International Advisory Committee of Neutrino Geoscience conference series
  • Member of the International Advisory Committee of Physics In Collision (PIC) conferences
  • Member of the Local Organizing Committee of the 7th Symposium on Symmetries in Subatomic Physics (SSP2018), RWTH Aachen University, Germany, June 11-15th, 2018.
  • Convener of the “Neutrino Physics” parallel session at EPS Conference on High Energy Physics 2017, 5 -12 July 2017, Venice, Italy

Summer Schools

Selected Publications


  • F. An et al.: Neutrino physics with JUNO, J. Phys. G: Nucl. Part. Phys. 43 (2016) 030401 (188pp).


  • NEW:"Comprehensive measurement of pp-chain solar neutrinos" Nature 562 (2018) 496 (link)
  • M. Agostini et al., "The Monte Carlo simulation of the Borexino detector", arXiv:1704.02291 (2017). Astroparticle Physics 97 (2018) 136 -159
  • M. Agostini et al., "Limiting neutrino magnetic moments with Borexino Phase-II solar neutrino data", arXiv:1707.09355 (2017). Physical Review D - Rapid Communications 96 (2017) 091103
  • M. Agostini et al., "A search for low-energy neutrinos correlated with gravitational wave events GW150914, GW151226 and GW170104 with the Borexino detector", arXiv:1706.1010176 (2017). The Astrophysical Journal 850 (2017) 21
  • M. Agostini et al., "Improved measurement of 8B solar neutrinos with 1.5 kt y of Borexino exposure", arXiv:1709.00756 (2017).
  • M. Agostini et al., "First Simultaneous Precision Spectroscopy of pp, 7Be, and pep Solar Neutrinos with Borexino Phase-II", arXiv:1707.09279. (2017)
  • M. Agostini et al.: Seasonal Modulation of the 7Be Solar Neutrino Rate in Borexino,arXiv:1701.07970, Astropart. Phys. 92 (2017) 21-29.
  • M. Agostini et al.: Borexino's search for low-energy neutrino and antineutrino signals correlated with gamma-ray bursts, Astrop. Phys. 86 (2017) 11-17.
  • M. Agostini et al.: A test of electric charge conservation with Borexino. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 (2015) 231802.
  • M. Agostini et al.: Spectroscopy of geoneutrinos from 2056 days of Borexino data. Phys. Rev. D 92 (2015) 031101.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Final results of Borexino Phase-I on low energy solar neutrino spectroscopy, Phys. Rev. D 89 (2014) 112007.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Neutrinos from the primary proton–proton fusion process in the Sun, Nature 512 (2014) 383.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Measurement of geo-neutrinos from 1353 days of Borexino, Phys. Lett. B 722 (2013) 295-300.
  • G. Bellini et al.: First evidence of pep solar neutrinos by direct detection in Borexino, Phys. Rev. Lett, 108 (2012) 051302.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Absence of a day-night asymmetry in the 7Be solar neutrino rate in Borexino, Phys. Lett. B 707 (2012) 22-26.
  • G. Bellini at al.: Study of solar and other unknown anti-neutrino fluxes with Borexino at LNGS., Phys. Lett. B 696 (2011) 191-196.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Precision measurement of the 0.862 MeV 7Be solar neutrino interaction rate in Borexino, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 (2011) 14130.
  • G. Bellini et al.: Observation of Geo-Neutrinos. Phys. Lett. B 687 (2010) 299-304.
  • G. Bellini et al. (Borexino collaboration): Measurement of the solar 8B neutrino rate with a liquid scintillator target and 3 MeV energy threshold in the Borexino detector. Phys. Rev. D 82 (2010) 033006.
  • C. Arpesella et al. (Borexino collaboration): First real time detection of 7Be solar neutrinos by Borexino, Phys. Lett. B 658 (2008) 101-108.
  • C. Arpesella et al. (Borexino collaboration): Direct measurement of the 7Be solar neutrino flux with 192 days of Borexino data, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101 (2008) 091302.


  • G. Bellini et al. (Borexino collaboration): SOX: Short distance neutrino Oscillations with BoreXino, JHEP 1308 (2013) 038.

Exotic Atoms

  • R. Pohl et al. (The CREMA Collaboration), Laser spectroscopy of muonic deuterium, Science 353 (2016) 6300.
  • R. Pohl et al.: The size of the proton. Nature 466 (2010) 213.
  • L. Ludhova et al.: Muonic hydrogen cascade time and lifetime of the shortlived 2S state, Phys. Rev. A 75 (2007) 040501(R).
  • G. Beer et al.: Measurement of the Kaonic Hydrogen X–Ray Spectrum, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94 (2005) 212302.


  • M. Wurm et al.: The next-generation liquid-scintillator neutrino observatory (LENA), Astrop. Phys. 35 (2012) 685-732


  • L. Ludhova: Experimental data on solar neutrinos, Eur. Phys. J. A 52 (2016) 82.
  • G. Bellini, L. Ludhova, G. Ranucci, and F.L. Villante: Neutrino Oscillations, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Advances in High Energy Physics, Volume 2014 (2014) Article ID 191960, 28 pages.
  • L. Ludhova and S. Zavatarelli: Studying the Earth with Geo-neutrinos, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Advances in High Energy Physics, Volume 2013 (2013) Article ID 425693, 16 pages.
  • G. Bellini, A. Ianni, L. Ludhova, F. Mantovani, and W.F. McDonough: Geo-neutrinos, Progr. Part. Nucl. Phys. 73 (2013) 1–34.


  • V. Hurai et al.: Nitrogen-bearing fluids, brines and carbonate liquids in Variscan migmatites of the Tatra Mountains, Western Carpathians - heritage of high-pressure metamorphism, European Journal of Mineralogy 12 (2000) 1283–1300
  • L. Ludhova and M. Janak: Phase relations and P-T path of cordierite-bearing migmatites, Western Tatra Mountains, Western Carpathians, Geol. Carp. 50 (1999) 283-293.
  • L. Ludhova and M. Janak: Decompression and exhumation of Variscan orogenic root in the Tatra Mountains, Western Carpathians: Evidence from high-grade metapelites, Geol. Carp. 50 (1999) 120-122.
  • M. Janak et al.: Dehydration melting and devolatilzation during exhumation of high-grade metapelites: the Tatra Mountains, Western Carpathians, Journal of Metamorphic Geology 17,4 (1999) 379–396.
  • M. Janak et al.: Partial melting and retrogression during exhumation of high-grade metapelites, the Tatra Mountains, Western Carpathians, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth - Part A. Solid Earth and Geodesy 17 (1999) 379–395.
Publications (full list)