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Professor Paul McKenna

Physics

Personal statement

Paul McKenna's research interests focus on high power laser-plasma interactions. His present research topics include: laser-driven ion acceleration; fast electron generation and transport in dense plasma, and application to the development of advanced schemes for inertial fusion energy; high field physics at the focus of ultra-intense laser pulses; plasma optics; and, laser-driven nuclear physics. 
 
He is an EPSRC Leadership fellow since 2012 and a Professor of Laser-Plasma Physics at the University of Strathclyde since 2011. He received his PhD at Queens University Belfast in 2000, before becoming a postdoctoral fellow at the university of Glasgow from 2000-2002. From 2002-2005, he held a Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellowship at the University of Strathclyde, and was appointed to a Lectureship at the university in 2006, and a Readership in 2008.

Publications

Relativistic Doppler-boosted γ-rays in high fields
Capdessus Remi, King Martin, Del Sorbo Dario, Duff Matthew, Ridgers Christopher P., McKenna Paul
Scientific Reports Vol 8, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-27122-9
Dense relativistic electron mirrors from a Laguerre-Gaussian laser-irradiated micro-droplet
Hu Li-Xiang, Yu Tong-Pu, Li Han-Zhen, Yin Yan, McKenna Paul, Shao Fu-Qiu
Optics Letters Vol 43, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.43.002615
Attosecond electron bunches from a nanofiber driven by Laguerre-Gaussian laser pulses
Hu Li-Xiang, Yu Tong-Pu, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Vieira Jorge, Zou De-Bin, Yin Yan, McKenna Paul, Shao Fu-Qiu
Scientific Reports Vol 8, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-25421-9
Bright attosecond gamma-ray pulses from nonlinear Compton scattering with laser-illuminated compound targets
Zhu Xing-Long, Chen Min, Yu Tong-Pu, Weng Su-Ming, Hu Li-Xiang, McKenna Paul, Sheng Zheng-Ming
Applied Physics Letters Vol 112, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5028555
X-ray absorption spectroscopy study of energy transport in foil targets heated by PW laser pulses
Skobelev I. Yu., Ryazantsev S. N., Arich D. D., Bratchenko P. S., Faenov A. Ya., Pikuz T. A., Durey P., Doehl L., Farley D., Baird C., Lancaster K., Murphy C., Booth N., Spindloe C., McKenna P., Hansen S. B., Colgan J., Kodama R., Woolsey N., Pikuz S. A.
Photonics Research Vol 6, pp. 234-237, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/PRJ.6.000234
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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/aab089

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Professional activities

Invited talk at the International Conference on Ultrafast Optical Science (UltrafastLIght-2017)
Speaker
3/10/2017
Invited talk at the 2nd Conference on Extremely High Intensity Laser Physics (2017)
Speaker
6/9/2017
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES COUNCIL (External organisation)
Advisor
1/9/2017
Invited Lecture at the Culham Plasma Summer School 2017
Invited speaker
25/7/2017
Invited Talk at an EPS Conference Satellite International Workshop on High Field Science
Invited speaker
1/7/2017
Invited talk - Central Laser Facility 40th Anniversary Meeting
Invited speaker
20/6/2017

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Projects

Cockcroft Institute / R160525-1
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (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)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Cockcroft Institute
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (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)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Harwell Imaging Partnership project | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Advanced laser-plasma optics technology
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2018 - 31-Oct-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award 2017 (GCRF) / R171051-106
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Mar-2018

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