Dr L Gonella

Position:Senior Lecturer
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 production.

She is currently working on the upgrade of the ATLAS strip tracker at the HL-LHC, where she co-leads 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 together with colleagues at the Lawrence Berkley national Lab she has been leading the R&D activities for the development of a silicon vertex and tracking detector for a number of years. She has recently been appointed Tracking Working Group co-convener for the EIC ATHENA detector collaboration.

Since she arrived in Birmingham in 2015, she established a vibrant R&D programme on silicon detectors towards future colliders working on the development of radiation-hard Monolithic Active Pixel Sensors (MAPS) in commercial CMOS imagining technologies at 180 and 65 nm nodes and Low Gain Avalanche Detectors (LGAD) for fast timing applications, and general development of silicon sensors in the context of the RD50 collaboration.

She manages the irradiation programme at the MC40 high intensity irradiation line of the University of Birmingham. Laura regularly serves as expert on experiment review and grant evaluation panels.