Multidisciplinary Laboratory

Research Topics Group Photo

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

Seminars view all

» CMSP Seminar (Joint ICTP/SISSA Statistical Physics): Attacking the Sinh-Gordon model with relativistic continuous matrix product states

» QLS Seminar: Novel mechanism for oscillations in catchbonded motor-filament complexes

» HECAP Seminar within the Summer School on Cosmology: On Cosmology and the Swampland

» HECAP Seminar within the Summer School on Cosmology: Small Scale Structure in Vector Dark Matter

Activities view all

» Graduate Course on Tight Closure of Ideals and its Applications | (smr 3707)

» Summer School on Cosmology 2022 | (smr 3720)

» 12th Crete Regional Meeting in String Theory | (smr 3722)

» XII Workshop on Geometric Correspondences of Gauge Theories | (smr H632)