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

Optimisation of multi-petawatt laser-driven proton acceleration in the relativistic transparency regime
Goodman J, King M, Wilson R, Gray R J, McKenna P
New Journal of Physics Vol 24 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/ac681f
Theoretical and computational studies of the Weibel instability in several beam-plasma interaction configurations
Davidson Conor, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Wilson Thomas, McKenna Paul
Journal of Plasma Physics Vol 88 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022377822000253
Calibration of BAS-TR image plate response to GeV gold ions
Doria D, Martin P, Ahmed H, Alejo A, Cerchez M, Ferguson S, Fernandez-Tobias J, Green J S, Gwynne D, Hanton F, Jarrett J, Maclellan D A, McIlvenny A, McKenna P, Ruiz J A, Swantusch M, Willi O, Zhai S, Borghesi M, Kar S
Review of Scientific Instruments Vol 93 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0079564
Development of a portable hypoxia chamber for ultra-high dose rate laser-driven proton radiobiology applications
Chaudhary Pankaj, Gwynne Deborah Caroline, Odlozilik Boris, McMurray Aaron, Milluzzo Giuliana, Maiorino Carla, Doria Domenico, Ahmed Hamad, Romagnani Lorenzo, Alejo Aaron, Padda Hersimerjit, Green James, Carroll David, Booth Nicola, McKenna Paul, Kar Satyabrat, Petringa Giada, Catalano Roberto, Cammaratta Francesco P, Cirrone Giuseppe Antonio Pablo, McMahon Stephen J, Prise Kevin M, Borghesi Marco
Radiation Oncology (2022)
Influence of spatial-intensity contrast in ultraintense laser-plasma interactions
Wilson R, King M, Butler N M H, Carroll D C, Frazer T P, Duff M J, Higginson A, Dance R J, Jarrett J, Davidson Z E, Armstrong C D, Liu H, Hawkes S J, Clarke R J, Neely D, Gray R J, McKenna P
Scientific Reports Vol 12 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-05655-4
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

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Professional activities

Invited Talk and Panel Member at the ELI Beamlines Users Conference
Speaker
21/10/2021
External examiner for a PhD candidate at Queen's University Belfast - Nicole Breslin
Examiner
18/9/2021
Invited Webinar - Matter and Radiation in the Extremes Webinar Series
Speaker
7/9/2021
Royal Society of Edinburgh Sectional Committee (External organisation)
Advisor
18/8/2021
Program Committee member and Session Chair for the 47th European Physical Society Plasma Physics conference (External organisation)
Advisor
21/6/2021
Programme Committee Member and Session Chair at Nuclear Photonics 2021 International Conference
Participant
10/6/2021

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Projects

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
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-2025
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
The new intensity frontier: exploring quantum electrodynamic plasmas
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2025

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