Leonardo Ricci was born in Villafranca in Lunigiana (Massa-Carrara), on November 17, 1966.

FORMATION AND EMPLOYMENTS In 1990 he received the Laurea degree in Physics from the University of Pisa and the Diploma from the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, discussing a thesis, under the supervision of M. Inguscio, about High-Resolution Infrared Spectroscopy of Osmium Tetroxide.

In 1990 he joined T. W. Hänsch's group in Munich working on an experiment aiming to the realization of a permanent magnetic trap for neutral alkalis.

In 1994 he received the Ph. D. degree (magna cum laude) from the Ludwig-Maximilian Universität in Munich, discussing a thesis ("Eine magnetische Falle für die hochauflösende Spektroskopie", i.e. "A Magnetic Trap for High-Resolution Spectroscopy") under the supervision of T. W. Hänsch.

In 1995 he joined Davide Bassi's group in Trento where (since september 1996) he is working as a Research Assistant (Ricercatore).

EDITORIAL ACTIVITY (Since 1992) Reviewer for: Applied Physics B - Lasers and Optics; The European Physical Journal D - Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Plasma Physics; IEEE Sensors Journal.