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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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  • 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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