Phil is a world leading expert on radiation-hard silicon detectors for particle physics. His interests span prospects for rare Higgs processes at the LHC and future facilities, the replacement ATLAS inner tracker (ITk) for HL-LHC operation, experiments for future energy-frontier colliders and medical applications of particle physics detectors. On ATLAS, he is current ITk Institute Board Chair and was 2011-2015 Upgrade Coordinator and Executive Board member. He is editor on both the ATLAS Phase-II Upgrade ITK Strip and Pixel TDRs as well as the Phase-I FTK, TDAQ, LAr and NSW TDRs and Phase-I and Phase-II Letters of Intent. He is an author on roughly 1300 publications in scientific journals and is an editor for JINST.
Phil is Chair of the European Committee for Future Accelerators Detector Panel and author of the Nature Physics Review (2019) Vol 1, # 9 “Applications of silicon strip and pixel-based particle tracking detectors”. He has given the Detector R&D plenary talks at the 2017 EPS Conference, the 2016 Annual Helmholtz Alliance Annual Meeting, the 2016 Annual Swiss HEP Strategic Workshop, the 2014 ICHEP Conference and the 2014 ICFA Seminar. He gave the 2016 plenary talk at the 2016 Rome Workshop on the FCC-hh Detector Concept. He is lead organiser for the 12th International Position Sensitive Detector Conference (Birmingham 2020). He was co-organiser for: IoP Advances in Radiation-Hard Monolithic Pixel Detectors (Birmingham, 2017), Community Meeting on CMOS Sensors for Future Applications (Abingdon, 2016) and Ion Beam Therapy: Clinical, Scientific and Technical Challenges (Birmingham, 2016). He also co-organised two ECFA HL-LHC Experiments Workshops (ECFA-15-289) and (ECFA-13-284).
In addition to being Co-I on the Birmingham Particle Physics Consolidated Grant, he is PI on grants entitled 'Development of a Reconfigurable Monolithic Active Pixel Sensor in Radiation-hard Technology for Outer Tracking and Digital Electromagnetic Calorimetry' and 'Enhancement of the UK Primary Standard for Absorbed Dose for Proton Radiotherapy'. He is also Co-I on 'ATLAS Upgrade Construction', ‘Development of Radiation Tolerant Low Gain Avalanche Devices (LGAD) for fast timing application’, ‘OPTIma: Optimising Proton Therapy through Imaging’, the STFC Global Challenge Network+ in Advanced Radiotherapy, AIDA-2020 (Advanced European Infrastructures for Detectors at Accelerators) and the Welcome Trust Translation Award, 'Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications'. Phil oversaw the completion of the new University funded 200m2 suite of cleanrooms for detector development (the Birmingham Instrumentation Laboratory for Particle physics and Applications, BILPA), installation of state-of-the-art equipment and the building of a new research team with three further academic posts around this facility. His primary research role is on the ATLAS HL-LHC Upgrade. He also leads the FCC-hh and Medical Physics detector activities within the Particle Physics group. As a founder member of MI-3 (RCUK Basic Technology funded) consortium, he helped pioneer the UK development of MAPS for scientific applications and within RD50 he pioneered the use of p-type silicon for high-radiation environments. Both of these themes come together in the new DMAPS developments which are a major focus for the Birmingham R&D programme, both for future particle physics facilities and applications particularly in the medical area.