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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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Projects 2007 2022

Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2018 | Horne, Alana

McKenna, P., Gray, R. & Horne, A.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Advanced laser-plasma optics technology

McKenna, P.

STFC Science and Technology Facilities Council


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Research Output 1999 2019

An optically multiplexed single-shot time resolving probe of laser-plasma dynamics

Davidson, Z. E., Gonzalez Izquierdo, B., Higginson, A., Lancaster, K. L., Williamson, S. D. R., King, M., Farley, D., Neely, D., McKenna, P. & Gray, R. J., 7 Feb 2019, In : Optics Express. 27, 4, p. 4416-4423 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
plasma dynamics
laser plasmas

Bremsstrahlung emission from high power laser interactions with constrained targets for industrial radiography

Armstrong, C. D., Brenner, C. M., Jones, C., Rusby, D. R., Davidson, Z. E., Zhang, Y., Wragg, J., Richards, S., Spindloe, C., Oliveira, P., Notley, M., Clarke, R., Mirfayzi, S. R., Kar, S., Li, Y., Scott, T., McKenna, P. & Neely, D., 30 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : High Power Laser Science and Engineering. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Industrial radiography
High power lasers
high power lasers


Collective charged particle dynamics in relativistically transparent laser-plasma interactions

Author: Gonzalez Izquierdo, B., 1 Apr 2016

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Experimental studies of laser plasma wakefield acceleration

Author: Aniculaesei, C., 1 Oct 2012

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

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 2012 2018

STFC, Rutherford Appleton Lab, CLF

Paul McKenna (Visiting researcher)
5 Nov 20187 Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

Invited Talk at the 35th European Conference on Laser Interaction with Matter

Paul McKenna (Speaker)
22 Oct 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk