Prof. Dr. Nora Brambilla



Academic Career and Research Areas

Nora Brambilla conducts research in the field of theoretical particle physics and nuclear physics in order to achieve a better understanding of the dynamics of the strong interaction. In this context, strongly coupled gauge theories play a central role, not only in order to understand the confinement of quarks and gluons in hadrons but also for the study of quark-gluon-plasmas in heavy-ion experiments.
Brambilla received her doctoral degree at the University of Milan (1993) and acquired her postdoctoral teaching qualification at the University of Vienna (1999). Before she was recruited to the Chair of Theoretical Particle Physics in 2008 she worked at Jefferson Laboratory, USA (1996), at Philips Research Laboratories in Aachen (2001) and as an assistant professor at the University of Milan (2002-2008). She is a founding member of the International Quarkonium Working Group (2002), the Quark Confinement lecture series and the Hadron Spectrum (1994), as well as a member of the Theory Advisory Committee of the Panda Experiment and of GSI-Darmstadt (since 2009).


  • Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012)
  • Vice-President Marie Curie Association (2002-2005)
  • Humboldt Fellowship for Long Term Cooperation (2002-2003)
  • Marie Curie Fellowship  (1998-1999)
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Fellowship (1997)

Brambilla N, Eidelman S, Foka P et al: "QCD and strongly coupled gauge theories: challenges and perspectives".  The European Physical Journal C. 2014; 74(10): 2981. 


Brambilla N, Eidelman S, Heltsley BK et al: "Heavy Quarkonium: progress, puzzles and opportunities". The European Physical Journal C. 2011; 71: 1534.


Brambilla N, Ghiglieri J, Petreczky P: "Static quark-antiquark pairs at finite temperature". Physical Review D. 2008; 78(1): 014017.


Brambilla N, Pineda A, Soto J, Vairo A: "Effective field theories for heavy quarkonium". Reviews of Modern Physics. 2005; 77: 1423-1496.


Brambilla N, Pineda A, Soto J, Vairo A: "Potential NRQCD:An Effective theory for heavy quarkonium". Nuclear Physics B. 2000; B566: 275-310.