Professor Paul McKenna

Deputy Associate Principal



Personal statement

Paul McKenna is Deputy Associate Principal (Research & Knowledge Exchange). He leads activity in the areas of Research and Knowledge Exchange, with associated roles aligning with the University’s Postgraduate Research portfolio and Researcher Development. He was Vice Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Science from September 2021 to January 2023 and Head of the Department of Physics from August 2018 to August 2021.

Prof. McKenna’s research focuses on ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions, including the development and application of laser-driven particle and radiation sources, plasma optics and photonics, and high field science.

He is a member of EPSRC's Capital Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team since 2017 and a former member of STFC's Science Board (2017-20). He holds scientific advisory roles for several international high power laser facilities (e.g. the Program Advisory Committee for the Extreme Light infrastructure-Nuclear Physics facility) and held a visiting position at the Central Laser Facility at Harwell. He was an EPSRC Leadership Fellow from 2012-17 and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.

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Optimizing laser coupling, matter heating, and particle acceleration from solids using multiplexed ultraintense lasers
Yao Weipeng, Nakatsutsumi Motoaki, Buffechoux Sébastien, Antici Patrizio, Borghesi Marco, Ciardi Andrea, Chen Sophia N, d’Humières Emmanuel, Gremillet Laurent, Heathcote Robert, Horný Vojtěch, McKenna Paul, Quinn Mark N, Romagnani Lorenzo, Royle Ryan, Sarri Gianluca, Sentoku Yasuhiko, Schlenvoigt Hans-Peter, Toncian Toma, Tresca Olivier, Vassura Laura, Willi Oswald, Fuchs Julien
Matter and Radiation at Extremes Vol 9 (2024)
Narrow-band acceleration of gold ions to GeV energies from ultra-thin foils
Martin Philip, Ahmed Hamad, Doria Domenico, Cerchez Mirela, Hanton Fiona, Gwynne Deborah, Alejo Aaron, Fernández-Tobias Javier, Green James, Macchi Andrea, Maclellan David, McKenna Paul, Ruiz Jesús Álvarez, Swantusch Marco, Willi Oswald, Zhai Shuhua, Borghesi Marco, Kar Satyabrata
Communications Physics Vol 7 (2024)
Geometry effects on energy selective focusing of laser-driven protons with open and closed hemisphere-cone targets
King M, Higginson A, McGuffey C, Wilson R, Schaumann G, Hodge T, Ohland J B, Gales S, Hill M P, Pitt S F, Spindloe C, Danson C N, Wei M S, Beg F N, Roth M, Neely D, Gray R J, McKenna P
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 66 (2023)
Perspectives on laser-plasma physics in the relativistic transparency regime
King Martin, Wilson Robbie, Bacon Ewan F J, Dolier Ewan J, Frazer Timothy P, Goodman Jack, Gray Ross J, McKenna Paul
The European Physical Journal A Vol 59 (2023)
Optimization and control of synchrotron emission in ultraintense laser-solid interactions using machine learning
Goodman J, King M, Dolier E J, Wilson R, Gray R J, McKenna P
High Power Laser Science and Engineering Vol 11 (2023)
Automated control and optimization of laser-driven ion acceleration
Loughran B, Streeter M J V, Ahmed H, Astbury S, Balcazar M, Borghesi M, Bourgeois N, Curry C B, Dann S J D, DiIorio S, Dover N P, Dzelzanis T, Ettlinger O C, Gauthier M, Giuffrida L, Glenn G D, Glenzer S H, Green J S, Gray R J, Hicks G S, Hyland C, Istokskaia V, King M, Margarone D, McCusker O, McKenna P, Najmudin Z, Parisuaña C, Parsons P, Spindloe C, Symes D R, Thomas A G R, Treffert F, Xu N, Palmer C A J
High Power Laser Science and Engineering Vol 11 (2023)

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Professional Activities

Invited talk at Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Joint Workshop on Advanced Technologies (Szeged, Hungary)
Invited talk at Vulcan Laser workshop at the Central Laser Facility
Workshop on Materials, Chemistry and Biology at Extreme Conditions
STFC Vulcan 20-20 Project Board (External organisation)
Invited Talk at UK XFEL Workshop
Panel member for the STFC Central Laser Facility (CLF) Facility review (External organisation)

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Cultures of Collaborative Research in a Socially Progressive Technological University
McDonald, James (Principal Investigator) Bedford, Tim (Co-investigator) Compton-Daw, Emma (Co-investigator) Connolly, Patricia (Co-investigator) Grealy, Madeleine (Co-investigator) Mahn, Churnjeet (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2024 - 15-Jan-2026
Tuneable radiation-resilient (AlGa)2O3 UVC photodetectors
Massabuau, Fabien (Principal Investigator) Martin, Robert (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Oi, Daniel (Co-investigator) Spesyvtseva, Susan (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2024 - 30-Jan-2025
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2028
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2022
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2027
Optimisation and control of laser-driven radiation sources using machine learning
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2022 | Torrance, Ben
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Torrance, Ben (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026

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Professor Paul McKenna
Deputy Associate Principal

Tel: 548 5712