Paul McKenna


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.


  1. Accelerating the Middle East -- EPSRC GCRF Institutional Sponsorship

    Project: Research - Internally AllocatedResearch (Internally Allocated)

  2. Cockcroft Institute / R160525-1

    Project: Research - Internally AllocatedResearch (Internally Allocated)

  3. Cockcroft Institute

    Project: Research

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  1. Vertec Equipment - 2959782

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