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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.
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1/10/22 → 1/10/26
Project: Research Studentship Case - Internally allocated
1/10/22 → 30/09/24
McCusker, O., Ahmed, H., McIlvenny, A., Martin, P., Ferguson, S., Green, J., Jarrett, J., King, M., Zhai, S., McKenna, P., Kar, S. & Borghesi, M., 28 Nov 2022, In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 65, 1, 015005.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Ryazantsev, S. N., Martynenko, A. S., Sedov, M. V., Skobelev, I. Y., Mishchenko, M. D., Lavrinenko, Y. S., Baird, C. D., Booth, N., Durey, P., Döhl, L. N. K., Farley, D., Lancaster, K. L., McKenna, P., Murphy, C. D., Pikuz, T. A., Spindloe, C., Woolsey, N. & Pikuz, S. A., 7 Sep 2022, In: Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion. 64, 10, 105016.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Data for: "Theoretical and Computational Studies of the Weibel Instability in Several Beam-Plasma Interaction Configurations"
Program Committee member for the 2023 SPIE International Conference on Applications of Laser-Driven Particle Acceleration
Paul McKenna (Participant)2023 → …
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Organiser of major conference
Paul McKenna (Speaker)Oct 2022
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk