Prof P P Allport

Position:Professor of Particle Physics
Projects:ATLAS, RD50, FCC-hh, AIDA-2020, PRaVDA, ENLIGHT
Room:West 217
Profile:University staff profile


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 over 1100 publications in scientific journals and is an editor for JInstP.

Phil 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 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) and is now member of the ECFA Detector R&D Panel.

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 R&D', the STFC Global Challenge Network+ in Advanced Radiotherapy, AIDA-2020 (Advanced European Infrastructures for Detectors at Accelerators) ans 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.