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Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society

Distinguished Lectures

Dr. Cinzia Da Vià

Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester UK


Radiation Detectors: Imaging What You Cannot See

Radiation instrumentation has played a fundamental role in nuclear and particle physics discoveries as well as in life saving medical and biological imaging and other fields since more than a century. The presentation will review the historic progression of radiation detectors and imaging technologies in correlation with key physics discoveries. Special emphasis will be given on more recent silicon detectors and their application in the large experiments at the CERN Large Hadron Collider and in other fields like Space, Environment, Biology and Medicine. Finally, a review on future detector developments will be explored.

The presentation is currently 1 hour and can be extended up to 2 hours.


Cinzia Da Vià is a Professor of Physics at the University of Manchester UK, she received her PhD at Glasgow University in 1998 and is an expert in radiation detectors for High-Energy Physics and Medical applications. She has been working on radiation hard silicon detector development for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) since 1998 and in 1995 she participated in the discussions which led to the design of 3D silicon sensors and has been working on the development of this technology ever since. She formed and led the 3D ATLAS pixel R&D Collaboration (2007-2014), which successfully designed and industrialized the first 3D sensors to be installed in an experiment. 3D sensors are operating in the ATLAS experiment since 2015. In 2010, she proposed the use of Micro-Electro- Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology to fabricate sensors for micro-dosimetry in Hadron therapy and is currently involved in vertical integration of smart-systems. She is in the scientific committee of several international conferences on Radiation Detectors and Instrumentation and is the co-founder of the ERDIT (European Radiation Detector and Imaging Technology) Network to promote Radiation Imaging Technology research across different fields of application in Europe. Since 2014 she is an elected member of the IEEE NPSS RISC Committee.

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