Professor Paul McKenna

Physics

Personal statement

Paul McKenna is a Professor of Laser-Plasma Physics. His research focuses on ultra-intense laser-plasma interactions, including the development and application of laser-driven particle and radiation sources, plasma optics 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 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.

Within the University, Paul is currently the Vice Dean Research in the Faculty of Science and a member of the Faculty Executive Team. He was Head of Department of Physics from August 2018 to July 2021. 

Publications

Influence of target-rear-side short scale length density gradients on laser-driven proton acceleration
Higginson A, Wilson R, Goodman J, King M, Dance R J, Butler N M H, Armstrong C D, Notley M, Carroll D C, Fang Y, Yuan X H, Neely D, Gray R J, McKenna P
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 63 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/ac2035
Deconvolution of multi-Boltzmann x-ray distribution from linear absorption spectrometer via analytical parameter reduction
Armstrong C D, Neely D, Kumar D, McKenna P, Gray R J, Pirozhkov A S
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 92, pp. 113102 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0057486
Selective ion acceleration by intense radiation pressure
McIlvenny A, Doria D, Romagnani L, Ahmed H, Booth N, Ditter E J, Ettlinger O C, Hicks G S, Martin P, Scott G G, Williamson S D R, Macchi A, McKenna P, Najmudin Z, Neely D, Kar S, Borghesi M
Physical Review Letters Vol 127 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.127.194801
Kinematics of femtosecond laser-generated plasma expansion : determination of sub-micron density-gradient and collisionality evolution of over-critical laser plasmas
Scott G G, Indorf GFH, Ennen MA, Forestier-Colleoni P, Hawkes S, Scaife L, Sedov M, Symes D R, Thornton C, Beg F, Ma T, McKenna P, Andreev A A, Teubner U, Neely D
Physics of Plasmas Vol 28 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0038549
Magnetic field amplification by high power lasers in underdense plasma
Wilson T C, Sheng Z-M, Eliasson B, McKenna P
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 63 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/abf80c
Efficient bright γ-ray vortex emission from a laser-illuminated light-fan-in-channel target
Zhang Hao, Zhao Jie, Hu Yanting, Li Qianni, Lu Yu, Cao Yue, Zou Debin, Sheng Zhengming, Pegoraro Francesco, McKenna Paul, Shao Fuqiu, Yu Tongpu
High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1017/hpl.2021.29

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Professional activities

Talk at the SPIE-2021 - High-order mode structure & spectral interferometry in ultrathin foils: underpinning physics of transparency-enhanced ion acceleration
Speaker
20/4/2021
Talk at the SPIE-2021 - Enhanced laser intensity and ion acceleration due to self-focusing in expanding ultrathin foils
Speaker
20/4/2021
Plenary Invited Talk at International Workshop on Laboratory Astrophysics
Speaker
7/12/2020
Co-Chair of the Superstrong field session of the International Conference on Laser Optics - ICLO2020
Participant
2/12/2020
External Advisor for a new Physics UG course at the University of Birmingham
Examiner
1/12/2020
UKRI-EPSRC ARCHER2 Pioneer Projects Panel member (External organisation)
Advisor
1/12/2020

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Projects

PhD Studentship for Characterising Laser-driven Particle Beams
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025
Advanced laser-plasma optics technology | Peat, Maia
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Peat, Maia (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Alderton, Matthew
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Alderton, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
Advanced laser-plasma optics technology | Alderton, Matthew
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Alderton, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Peat, Maia
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Peat, Maia (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2024
The new intensity frontier: exploring quantum electrodynamic plasmas
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025

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