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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 2023

Research Output 1999 2019

Absolute calibration of microchannel plate detector for carbon ions up to 250 MeV

McIlvenny, A., Doria, D., Romagnani, L., Ahmed, H., Martin, P., Williamson, S. D. R., Ditter, E. J., Ettlinger, O., Hicks, G. S., McKenna, P., Najmudin, Z., Neely, D., Kar, S. & Borghesi, M., 5 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Instrumentation. 14, 4, 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Microchannel Plate
microchannel plates

A new energy spectrum reconstruction method for time-of-flight diagnostics of high-energy laser-driven protons

Milluzzo, G., Scuderi, V., Alejo, A., Amico, A. G., Booth, N., Borghesi, M., Cirrone, G. A. P., Cuttone, G., Doria, D., Green, J., Kar, S., Korn, G., Larosa, G., Leanza, R., Margarone, D., Martin, P., McKenna, P., Petringa, G., Pipek, J., Romagnani, L. & 3 othersRomano, F., Russo, A. & Schillaci, F., 31 Aug 2019, In : Review of Scientific Instruments. 90, 8, 7 p., 083303.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
High energy lasers
energy spectra


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 2019

Plenary Talk at the International Laser-Plasma Accelerator Workshop 2019

Paul McKenna (Participant)
5 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Invited Talk at the International Conference on High Energy Density Science 2019

Paul McKenna (Speaker)
2 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk