Paul McKenna


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Professor Paul McKenna is a laser-plasma physicist and presently Head of the Department of 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.

After graduating with a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast and undertaking a short period of postdoctoral research at the University of Glasgow, Paul moved to the University of Strathclyde upon award of a Royal Society of Edinburgh personal research fellowship in 2002. He was appointed to an academic position in 2005, and promoted to Reader in 2008 and to Professor in 2011. He has also held a visiting position at the Central Laser Facility at Harwell, was an EPSRC Leadership Fellow from 2012-2017 and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2021.


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  • A history of high-power laser research and development in the United Kingdom

    Danson, C. N., White, M., Barr, J. R. M., Bett, T., Blyth, P., Bowley, D., Brenner, C., Collins, R. J., Croxford, N., Dangor, A. E. B., Devereux, L., Dyer, P. E., Dymoke-Bradshaw, A., Edwards, C. B., Edwart, P., Ferguson, AI. I., Girkin, J. M., Hall, D. R., Hanna, D. C., Harris, W. & 47 others, Hillier, D. I., Hooker, C. J., Hooker, S. M., Hopps, N., Hull, J., Hunt, D., Jaroszynski, D. A., Kempenaars, M., Kessler, H., Knight, P. L., Knight, S., Knowles, A., Lewis, C. L. S., Lipton, K. S., Littlechild, A., Littlechild, J., Maggs, P., Malcolm, G. P. A., Mangles, S. P. D., Martin, W., McKenna, P., Moore, R. O., Morrison, C., Najmudin, Z., Neely, D., New, G. H. C., Norman, M. J., Paine, T., Parker, A. W., Penman, R. R., Pert, G. J., Pietraszewski, C., Randewich, A., Rizvi, N. H., Seddon, N., Sheng, Z-M., Slater, D., Smith, R. A., Spindloe, C., Taylor, R., Thomas, G., Tisch, J. W. G., Wark, J. S., Webb, C., Wiggins, S. M., Willford, D. & Winstone, T., 27 Apr 2021, In: High Power Laser Science and Engineering. 9, 86 p., e18.

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  • Bremsstrahlung emission and plasma characterization driven by moderately relativistic laser-plasma interactions

    Singh, S. K., Armstrong, C., Kang, N., Ren, L., Liu, H., Hua, N., Rusby, D. R., Klimo, O., Versaci, R., Zhang, Y., Sun, M., Zhu, B., Lei, A., Ouyang, X., Lancia, L., Garcia, A. L., Wagner, A., Cowan, T. E., Zhu, J., Schlegel, T. & 5 others, Weber, S., McKenna, P., Neely, D., Tikhonchuk, V. T. & Kumar, D., 6 Jan 2021, In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 63, 3, 035004.

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