Dr A Romano

Position:Research Fellow
Projects:NA62
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Room:West 321
Phone:(012141)44623
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Summary

Angela is currently a Research Fellow in particle physics at the University of Birmingham. She performs wide-ranging work on the NA62 fixed-target experiment at CERN as well as being involved in teaching and outreach duties. Her research field is the study of kaons, which has always been an important input in the investigation of fundamental interactions and for the understanding of the symmetries of nature. The NA62 experiment represents the current kaon physics research programme at CERN.

Previous Employments

In 2008 she granted a student fellowship at the University of Naples “Federico II”, funded by a PRIN grant. From 2012 to 2015 she worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, funded by an European Research Council (ERC) grant.

Education

Angela graduated in Physics at the University of Naples “Federico II” and got her PhD in Particle Physics at the University of Birmingham in 2013. For the PhD thesis she performed the data analysis of the kaon leptonic radiative decay channel, K+ to e+ nu gamma, sensitive to Chiral Perturbation Theory (ChPT) up to the next-to-next-to-leading order, using data collected by the NA62 experiment in 2007.

Research

Angela has been heavily involved in the assembly of the KTAG photon detector system, which is responsible for the fast identification of kaons within the NA62 experiment. In 2011 she coordinated a test beam at CERN aiming at the commissioning of the detector for NA62 and testing of new front-end, read-out electronics and Hamamatsu PMTs. In 2013 she received an ISIS beam time award as Principal Investigator and was co-responsible (with Dr Antonino Sergi) for testing commercial Altera Stratix-III FPGA and DDR-SRAM components of the KTAG readout system for radiation induced Single Event Effect (SEE) from muons and neutrons at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). Since 2015 she is co-responsible for the maintenance, monitoring and detector performances of the KTAG detector during the NA62 data takings.

She is currently in charge of the NA62 High Level Trigger (HLT) system, which is part of the innovative Trigger and Data Acquisition (TDAQ) system. She is responsible for the HLT system from a data-quality perspective. She also authors HLT trigger-related software tools that are available in the NA62 software framework.

She carries out the following duties within the main NA62 physics working groups:

  • supervision of software tool for offline matching between the kaon and the pion particles for the K+ to pi+ nu anti-nu decay analysis (primary goal of NA62);
  • measurement of the HLT efficiency for the K+ to pi+ nu anti-nu decay analysis;
  • measurement of the radiative K+ to e+/mu+ nu gamma decay form factors with NA62 data collected in 2016-2017 runs;
  • supervision of feasibility study for Heavy Neutral Lepton (HNL) decaying into pi-e and pi-mu using data collected with the NA62 detector operated in dump mode during 2016 run.

Positions of responsability

Angela coordinates the NA62 HLT system and her duties include: coordination of a small team, offline assessment of software trigger algorithms, online implementation and deploy, development of user interface, monitoring and control systems, assessment of global HLT system performances (data reduction factor and trigger efficiency). She also covers the following positions of responsibility during NA62 runs:

  • NA62 online system (HLT-PCFarm) expert
  • KTAG expert
  • Run Control expert
  • Online Monitor expert

Teaching and outreach duties

She has been involved in outreach activities like: university open days, science public talks, media interview from Public Relation STFC department , coordination and co-supervision of school and university exhibits at the Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in London. She is currently involved in the following teaching duties : Y3 Nuclear lab, Y4 project and postgraduate student supervision.