Multidisciplinary Laboratory

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The MLAB was created in 1985 as a joint venture between ICTP and INFN, represented by Professors Abdus Salam and Nicola Cabibbo respectively, with the aim of having at ICTP a laboratory for training, research and development and open to scientists from developing countries.

"…there is a pressing request from experimental physicists coming to the Centre to find here at least some of the experimental facilities which are not available in their home countries.
Two kinds of laboratories have therefore been proposed...
(a) Training and Demonstration Laboratories… In which scientists could spend a training period... and
(b) Permanent Research Laboratories…Where high-level, modern research can be performed..."

Abdus Salam, founder of the ICTP

Since its creation, the MLAB has been involved in research and training activities related to instrumental aspects of frontier particle physics experiments in collaboration with important research institutions such as CERN, INFN, IAEA, and Synchrotron Trieste. Most of these experiments are characterised by an increasingly huge number of channels operating at high working frequencies. Thus, it has been natural for the MLAB to master cutting edge technologies in order to efficiently deal with the corresponding extreme data rate production. During last years the traditional activities has been expanded to include multidisciplinary projects such as development of X-ray non-destructive analytical instrumentation and techniques for cultural heritage and material science in collaboration with several universities, museums and research centres. By working on advanced projects the MLAB gains precious experience and knowledge that can later be transferred to larger communities of researchers, engineers and teachers from developing countries who can apply the acquired knowledge in a vast variety of fields.


Research Topics

The questions scientists can answer are sometimes limited by the tools available, making the development of new scientific instruments the key to expanding knowledge. MLab is a multidisciplinary laboratory for research, training, and development of advanced scientific instrumentation, for the frontiers of experimental particle physics and beyond.

Experimental high energy physics and multidisciplinary experimental research frequently relies on scientific instrumentation with consistently increasing data collection capacities, with many channels operating at high working frequencies. This results in massive amounts of data: the MLab specialises in developing new technologies to efficiently and effectively deal with this extreme data production rate.

Founded in 1985, MLab's mission has always prioritised collaborating with scientists from developing countries. MLab works with many international research institutions and regularly hosts visiting scientists, postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and other collaborators. MLab also hosts and sponsors regular training activities, aimed at reaching larger communities of researchers, engineers, and students, particularly those from developing countries.


Advanced Instrumentation and Methods for Novel Particle Detectors
Scientific Instrumentation for Multidisciplinary Experimental Research
Nuclear Instrumentation
Nuclear Instrumentation in collaboration with IAEA NSIL

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Activities view all

» The African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, Edition 2022 | (smr 3723)

» 9th Workshop on Collaborative Scientific Software Development and Management of Open Source Scientific Packages | (smr 3696)

» ICTP-ICTS Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology | (smr 3755)

» 10th International Symposium "Optics & its applications" | (smr 3756)