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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.

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Research Output

A miniature thermal neutron source using high power lasers

Mirfayzi, S. R., Ahmed, H., Doria, D., Alejo, A., Ansell, S., Clarke, R. J., Gonzalez-Izquierdo, B., Hadjisolomou, P., Heathcote, R., Hodge, T., Martin, P., Raspino, D., Schooneveld, E., McKenna, P., Rhodes, N. J., Neely, D., Borghesi, M. & Kar, S., 1 May 2020, In : Applied Physics Letters. 116, 17, 5 p., 174102.

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    Characteristics of ion beams generated in the interaction of ultra-short laser pulses with ultra-thin foils

    McIlvenny, A., Ahmed, H., Scullion, C., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Martin, P., Naughton, K., Sgattoni, A., Symes, D. R., Macchi, A., McKenna, P., Zepf, M., Kar, S. & Borghesi, M., 5 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 15 p.

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  • Thesis

    Bremsstrahlung radiation and fast electron transport in laser-plasma interactions

    Author: Armstrong, C., 19 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: McKenna, P. (Supervisor) & Sheng, Z. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Collective charged particle dynamics in relativistically transparent laser-plasma interactions

    Author: Gonzalez Izquierdo, B., 5 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: McKenna, P. (Supervisor) & Jaroszynski, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Activities

    Program Committee meeting for the 47th European Physical Society Plasma Physics conference

    Paul McKenna (Participant)
    5 Dec 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference

    Invited Talk at the First ELI-NP Users Conference

    Paul McKenna (Speaker)
    7 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk