Dr Ross Gray

Research Fellow


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 research fellowship in laser-plasma interactions. His research covers a range of topics in intense laser-matter interactions including laser-driven ion acceleration, relativistic plasma photonics and high field laser-matter interactions


High order mode structure of intense light fields generated via a laser-driven relativistic plasma aperture
Duff M J, Wilson R, King M, Gonzalez-Izquierdo B, Higginson A, Williamson S D R, Davidson Z E, Capdessus R, Booth N, Hawkes S, Neely D, Gray R J, McKenna P
Scientific Reports Vol 10 (2020)
Application programmes at the Scottish centre for the application of plasma-based accelerators (SCAPA)
Wiggins S M, Boyd M, Brunetti E, Butler N M H, Feehan J S, Gray R J, Hidding B, Ireland D G, Li W, Maitrallain A, Manahan G G, McKenna P, O'Donnell D, Scheck M, Shahzad M, Sheng Z-M, Spesyvtsev R, Vieux G, Watts D P, Welsh G H, Wilson R, Zachariou N, Jaroszynski D A
Proceedings of SPIE Relativistic Plasma Waves and Particle Beams as Coherent and Incoherent Radiation Sources (2019)
Time-resolved measurements of fast electron recirculation for relativistically intense femtosecond scale laser-plasma interactions
Green J S, Booth N, Dance R J, Gray R J, MacLellan D A, Marshall A, McKenna P, Murphy C D, Ridgers C P, Robinson A P L, Rusby D, Scott R H H, Wilson L
Scientific Reports Vol 8 (2019)
Role of magnetic field evolution on filamentary structure formation in intense laser-foil interactions
King M, Butler N M H, Wilson R, Capdessus R, Gray R J, Powell H, Dance R, Padda H, Gonzalez-Izquierdo B, Rusby D R, Dover N P, Hicks G, Ettlinger O, Scullion C, Carroll D C, Najmudin Z, Borghesi M, Neely D, McKenna P
High Power Laser Science and Engineering Vol 7 (2019)
An optically multiplexed single-shot time-resolved probe of laser-plasma dynamics
Davidson Z E, Gonzalez Izquierdo B, Higginson A, Lancaster K L, Williamson S D R, King M, Farley D, Neely D, McKenna P, Gray R J
Optics Express Vol 27, pp. 4416-4423 (2019)
Reflection of intense laser light from microstructured targets as a potential diagnostic of laser focus and plasma temperature
Jarrett J, King M, Gray R J, Neumann N, Dohl L, Baird C D, Ebert T, Hesse M, Tebartz A, Rusby D R, Woolsey N C, Neely D, Roth M, McKenna P
High Power Laser Science and Engineering Vol 7 (2018)

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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 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Goodman, Jack
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Goodman, Jack (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Dolier, Ewan
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Dolier, Ewan (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Lofrese, Antonio
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Lofrese, Antonio (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Advanced laser-plasma optics technology | Lofrese, Antonio
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Lofrese, Antonio (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Nonlinear Optics and Dynamics in Relativistically Transparent Plasmas
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) King, Martin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
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.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020

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