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Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications

Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications is part of the University of Birmingham Particle Physics Group. Our main expertise is in providing high-density interconnects and precision assembly of semiconductor based detector systems (application specific read-out chips with wafer-scale sensors) for Particle Physics experiments such as the ATLAS detector which is part of the LHC experiment based at CERN in Switzerland.

The laboratory area consists of an ISO-14644-1 Class-7 and Class-5 clean room together with a suite of smaller rooms for testing components and electronics assembled either at Birmingham or provided from elsewhere. This work increasingly takes advantage of the locally available facilities for proton irradiation (MC40) which allows sensors and electronics to quickly be tested to doses corresponding to the intense conditions expected close to the collision points at the upgraded (High-Luminosity) LHC.

We are in the process of significantly upgrading the cleanroom facilities available to us through a new University funded initiative to established the Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications (The link to the BILPA page is on the left).

Images of facilites
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General view of ISO 5 clean room      General view of ISO 5 clean room      ISO 7 with environmental chamber      Lobby area


We are available to do projects for other groups on the campus and even other Universities. If you are interested to know what we can do for you please contact us using the information below.

If you want know more about the basics then the best place to start is with a Wikipedia article (If this is considered a sensible place to start!) on wire bonding.

Click on the links on the left to learn more about us.

The laboratory is managed by Simon Pyatt.

or phone on 0121 414 4615.










This website is currently undergoing a redesign to reflect the change in facility name and location.