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Dr Ross Gray



Personal statement

Ross Gray received his PhD from the University of Strathclyde in 2013, he continued at Strathclyde through his post-doctoral research from 2013-2016 and now holds a Strathclyde Chancellors Fellowship. His research covers a range of topics in intense laser-matter interactions but he is currently focused on understanding the ultrafast, relativistic and nonlinear dynamics of intense laser propagation through plasma by developing next generation time-resolving diagnostic approaches.  The overall aim of this research is to further our fundamental understanding of laser-mater interactions and to support the development of compact plasma-based particle accelerators.


Micron-scale mapping of megagauss magnetic fields using optical polarimetry to probe hot electron transport in petawatt-class laser-solid interactions
Chatterjee Gourab, Singh Prashant Kumar, Robinson A. P.L., Blackman D., Booth N., Culfa O., Dance R. J., Gizzi L. A., Gray R. J., Green J. S., Koester P., Kumar G. Ravindra, Labate L., Lad Amit D., Lancaster K. L., Pasley J., Woolsey N. C., Rajeev P. P.
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Laser-plasma-based space radiation reproduction in the laboratory
Hidding B., Karger O., Königstein T., Pretzler G., Manahan G. G., McKenna P., Gray R., Wilson R., Wiggins S. M., Welsh G. H., Beaton A., Delinikolas P., Jaroszynski D. A., Rosenzweig J. B., Karmakar A., Ferlet-Cavrois V., Constantino A., Muschitiello M., Daly E.
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Angularly resolved characterization of ion beams from laser-ultrathin foil interactions
Scullion C., Doria D., Romagnani L., Ahmed H., Alejo A., Ettlinger O.C., Gray R.J., Green J., Hicks G.S., Jung D., Naughton K., Padda H., Poder K., Scott G.G., Symes D.R., Kar S., McKenna P., Najmudin Z., Neely D., Zepf M., Borghesi M.
Journal of Instrumentation Vol 11, (2016)
Influence of laser polarization on collective electron dynamics in ultraintense laser-foil interactions
Gonzalez-Izquierdo Bruno, Gray Ross J., King Martin, Wilson Robbie, Dance Rachel J., Powell Haydn, MacLellan David A., McCreadie John, Butler Nicholas M. H., Hawkes Steve, Green James S., Murphy Chris D., Stockhausen Luca C., Carroll David C., Booth Nicola, Scott Graeme G., Borghesi Marco, Neely David, McKenna Paul
High Power Laser Science and Engineering Vol 4, (2016)
Towards optical polarization control of laser-driven proton acceleration in foils undergoing relativistic transparency
Gonzalez-Izquierdo Bruno, King Martin, Gray Ross J., Wilson Robbie, Dance Rachel J., Powell Haydn, MacLellan David A., McCreadie John, Butler Nicholas M. H., Hawkes Steve, Green James S., Murphy Chris D., Stockhausen Luca C., Carroll David C., Booth Nicola, Scott Graeme G., Borghesi Marco, Neely David, McKenna Paul
Nature Communications Vol 7, (2016)
Ion acceleration and plasma jet formation in ultra-thin foils undergoing expansion and relativistic transparency
King M., Gray R.J., Powell H.W., Maclellan D.A., Izquierdo Bruno, Stockhausen L.C., Hicks G.S., Dover N.P., Rusby D.R., Carroll D.C., Padda H., Torres R., Kar S., Clarke R.J., Musgrave I.O., Najmudin Z., Borghesi M., Neely D., Mckenna P.
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Vol 829, pp. 163-166, (2016)

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Professional activities

58th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics
43rd EPS Conference on Plasma Physics
Invited speaker
41st EPS Conference on Plasma Physics
41st IOP Plasma Physics Conference

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Carnell, Katie
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Sep-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Davidson, Zoe
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Davidson, Zoe (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Jarrett, Jonathan
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Jarrett, Jonathan (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Zemaityte, Egle
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Zemaityte, Egle (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Oct-2019
High Energy Supercontinuum Generation in Plasma Filaments for Fundamental Laser-Plasma Physics
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2017 - 28-Feb-2018
Laser-driven radiation beamlines at SCAPA (EPSRC Capital Equipment Portfolio)
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Boyd, Marie (Co-investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
We propose to create new capability and capacity for collaborative high power laser-plasma research to underpin the development and application of laser-driven radiation sources, using three new beamlines and experiment stations at the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators, SCAPA. Each of the beamlines will be configured in a unique way and with a focus on a specific category of laser-plasma interactions and secondary sources, to create a complementary suite of dedicated beamlines. This approach is required to enable the development and optimisation of laser-plasma sources from the realms of scientific investigation to real-world applications. It enables long-term investment in the optimisation and stabilisation of the beams and largely eliminates downtime for rebuilding experiments, thus enabling efficient and effective use of high power laser beam time.

The equipment will support an extensive research portfolio in laser-plasma physics and multidisciplinary applications, with an emphasis on radiation sources and healthcare applications. The unique properties of laser-driven radiation sources make them attractive both as tools for science (e.g. femtosecond X-ray sources for probing the structure of matter) and for applications in a variety of sectors including: healthcare (e.g. imaging and radiotherapy); industry (e.g. penetrative probing and assay) and energy (e.g. testing the integrity of stored nuclear waste). The strategic development of this field requires a balanced programme of dedicated university-scale and leading-edge national laser facilities. The proposed beamlines will complement existing and planned expansion of national facilities at the Central Laser Facility, providing new capability and capacity to enable UK research groups to remain at the forefront of this research area and help promote international collaboration.

The research will be performed collaboratively with groups from across the UK and sustained mainly through collaborative research grants. The new suite of beamlines will promote exchanges between academia and industry, and enable engagement of the UK research community with large international projects, such as the Extreme Light Infrastructure, ELI. It will also provide a unique interdisciplinary training platform for researchers.
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2020

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