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Steven Leach

  • Dr
  • Detector Physics Research Associate
  • University of Leicester Space Research Centre
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Research associate working in the High Speed Imaging group at the Space Research Centre and visiting scientist with Max-Planck-Institut für Kernphysik, Heidelberg, developing a compact camera for the Cherenkov Telescope Array. Achieved a PhD in detector physics instrumentation, developing a high performance detector readout for astrophysical and planetary auroral imaging. Photon counting imaging using a microchannel plate detector, capacitive division image readout and encompassing digital filter adaptability to optimise image spatial resolution against photon event rate. Comprehensive previous commercial working experience in the IT industry as a consultant and technical lead for high profile international clients. Obtained a first class physics degree as part of a career change and now working as a research scientist specialising in photon counting instrumentation.


  • IoP Joint HEPP and APP Annual Conference, invited speaker, ICL, 2019
  • Engineering and Materials Research Seminar, invited speaker, NTU, 2019
  • PSD11 Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes, 2017
  • Physical Sciences Seminar Series, invited speaker, Nottingham Trent University, 2016
  • PubhD, Leicester, 2015
  • New Developments in Photodetection (NDIP), Tours, France, 2014
  • Café Research, Leicester, 2014
  • UKSEDS National Student Space Conference, Leicester, 2014
  • Brockington College, Leicester, 2014
  • Adult Education College, Public Lecture, Leicester, 2014
  • University Stargazing Event, expert speaker, Leicester, 2014
  • ESO/NUVA/IAG Workshop on Challenges in UV Astronomy, ESO Garching, DE, 2013
  • SPIE Optics & Photonics 2013, San Diego Conference Center, CA, 2013
  • INFIERI 2013, University of Oxford, 2013
  • EIROforum School of Instrumentation, CERN Geneva, 2013
  • Undergraduate-Researcher talks, Leicester, 2013
  • Outreach Stargazing event, Loughborough, 2013
  • BBC Stargazing event, Leicester, 2013
  • East Midlands Universities Postgraduate Research Conference, Nottingham 2012 & Derby 2013


  • Foundation Physics Tutor for International Students (ISC Leicester)
  • Private tutor for Physics AS/A Level GCE students
  • Physics & Maths undergraduate seminars and laboratory demonstrations
  • Workplace work experience host

I regularly visit schools in the region to give talks to children of all age groups encompassing a range of physics and space related topics:

  • Planetary science, International Space Station, LIGHT and the Universe, Being a Space Scientist, Space and Astronomy

Recent publications

  • Investigating microchannel plate PMTs with TOFPET2 multichannel picosecond timing electronics

    • Lapington J
    • Leach S
    • Sudjai T
    • et al.
  • Using quantum entangled photons to measure the absolute photon detection efficiency of a multi-pixel SiPM array

    • Williams J
    • Lapington J
    • Leach S
    • et al.

Professional experience

Detector Physics Research Associate

Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

April 2016 - Present

PhD Research - Detector instrumentation

Space Research Centre, University of Leicester

July 2011 - March 2016(5 years)

Technical lead and server infrastructure support

Electronic Data Systems

January 2003 - July 2009(7 years)

Implementation team leader

Electronic Data Systems, Telford

February 2000 - January 2003(3 years)

IT Consultant


September 1996 - February 2000(3 years)


PhD Physics

University of Leicester

October 2011 - November 2016(5 years)

First Class BSc (Hons) Physics

Nottingham Trent University

October 2009 - July 2011(2 years)

Certificate in Physics

Open University of the United Kingdom

January 2008 - September 2009(2 years)

Higher National Diploma in Electronic Engineering

Sheffield Hallam University

September 1989 - July 1994(5 years)

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