Dr L Gonella

Position:Associate Professor
Projects:ATLAS, RD50, EIC
Room:West 320


Laura in an expert on semiconductor detectors for High Energy Physics experiments, having worked on novel sensor concepts, radiation-hard CMOS technologies, hybridisation techniques, and powering schemes. She has a leading involvement in a wide range of instrumentation projects, including R&D and construction.

Laura is currently working on the upgrade of the ATLAS strip tracker at the HL-LHC, where she co-coordinates the UK module production. She is also heavily involved in the development of an experimental facility at the US-based Electron-Ion Collider (EIC), where she has been leading the R&D activities for the development of a silicon vertex and tracking detector for a number of years. She is currently Tracking Working Group co-convener for the EPIC detector collaboration and co-coordinator of the EIC Silicon Consortium.

Laura maintains a varied R&D portfolio on silicon detectors towards future colliders. She is working on the development of radiation-hard Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (MAPS) in commercial CMOS imagining technologies at the 180 and 65 nm nodes, and on the development of position sensitive fast timing detectors. In addition, she continues generic R&D on radiation-hard silicon sensors in the context of the RD50 collaboration.

Since October 2022, Laura is the director of the Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications (BILPA). She also manages the EURO-LABS irradiation programme at the MC40 cyclotron high intensity irradiation line of the University of Birmingham.

Laura is a member of the Graduate Studies Committee for the School of Physis and Astronomy, and PhD admission tutor for the particle physics group. She regularly serves on national and international experiment review committees and grant evaluation panels.