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


Enhanced laser-energy coupling to dense plasmas driven by recirculating electron currents
Gray R J, Wilson R, King M, Williamson S D R, Dance R J, Armstrong C, Brabetz C, Wagner F, Zielbauer B, Bagnoud V, Neely D, McKenna P
New Journal of Physics Vol 20 (2018)
EMP control and characterisation on high-power laser systems
Bradford P, Woolsey N C, Scott G G, Liao G, Liu H, Zhang Y, Zhu B , Armstrong C, Astbury S, Brenner C, Brummitt P, Consoli F, East I, Gray R, Haddock D, Huggard P, Jones P J R, Montgomery E, Musgrave I, Oliveira P, Rusby D R, Spindloe C, Summers B, Zemaityte E, Zhang Z, Li Y, McKenna P, Neely D
High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2018)
Radiation pressure-driven plasma surface dynamics in ultra-intense laser pulse interactions with ultra-thin foils
Gonzalez-Izquierdo Bruno, Capdessus Remi, King Martin, Gray Ross J, Wilson Robbie, Dance Rachel J, McCreadie John, Butler Nicholas M H, Hawkes Steve J, Green James, Booth Nicola, Borghesi Marco, Neely David, McKenna Paul
Applied Sciences, pp. 1-18 (2018)
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 (2018)
Near-100 MeV protons via a laser-driven transparency-enhanced hybrid acceleration scheme
Higginson A, Gray R J, King M, Dance R J, Williamson S D R, Butler N M H, Wilson R, Capdessus R, Armstrong C, Green J S, Hawkes S J, Martin P, Wei W Q, Mirfayzi S R, Yuan X H, Kar S, Borghesi M, Clarke R J, Neely D, McKenna P
Nature Communications Vol 9 (2018)
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

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

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Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Horne, Alana
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Horne, Alana (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 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
Cockcroft Institute / R160525-1
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-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.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2020
Cockcroft Institute
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
High Energy Supercontinuum Generation in Plasma Filaments for Fundamental Laser-Plasma Physics
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 28-Jan-2018

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