Professor Zheng-Ming Sheng


Personal statement

The continuous development of ultrashort pulsed high power lasers over the last 25 years has carved out new scientific frontiers, such as advanced table-top accelerators of charged particles, advanced laser fusion concepts, laboratory astrophysics, high field QED physics, and so on. In addition to academic interest, some of them are closely relevant to medical and industrial applications.  For almost 25 years, I have worked on the fundamental physics of relativistic laser-plasma interactions and their applications in advanced particle accelerators and novel radiation sources, inertial confined fusion, high energy density physics, and laboratory astrophysics by theory and numerical simulations, etc.  I have led a theory group and trained over 20 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the last 15 years, and established wide collaboration with groups from China, Japan, India, Germany, UK, and USA. I have coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers with H-index 44 (in google scholars: 



Single-stage plasma-based correlated energy spread compensation for ultrahigh 6D brightness electron beams
Manahan G.G., Habib A.F., Scherkl P., Delinikolas P., Beaton A., Knetsch A., Karger O., Wittig G., Heinemann T., Sheng Z.M., Cary J.R. , Bruhwiler D.L., Rosenzweig J.B., Hidding B.
Nature Communications Vol 8, (2017)
Towards attosecond high-energy electron bunches : controlling self-injection in laser wakefield accelerators through plasma density modulation
Tooley M. P., Ersfeld B., Yoffe S. R., Noble A., Brunetti E., Sheng Z. M., Islam M. R., Jaroszynski D. A.
Phys. Rev. Lett., pp. 1-6, (2017)
Influence of strong magnetic fields on laser pulse propagation in underdense plasma
Wilson T C, Li F Y, Weikum M, Sheng Z M
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 59, (2017)
Containing intense laser light in circular cavity with magnetic trap door
Yang X. H. , Yu W., Yu M. Y., Xu H. , Ma Y. Y., Sheng Z. M., Zhuo H. B.
Applied Physics Letters Vol 110, (2017)
Three electron beams from a laser-plasma wakefield accelerator and the energy apportioning question
Yang X., Brunetti E., Reboredo Gil D., Welsh G.H., Li F.Y., Cipiccia S., Ersfeld B., Grant D.W., Grant P.A., Islam M.R., Tooley M.P., Vieux G., Wiggins S.M., Sheng Z.M., Jaroszynski D.A.
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Intense terahertz radiation from relativistic laser–plasma interactions
Liao G Q, Li Y T, Li C, Liu H, Zhang Y H, Jiang W M, Yuan X H, Nilsen J, Ozaki T, Wang W M, Sheng Z M, Neely D, McKenna P., Zhang J
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 59, (2017)

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I am involved in teaching the course of "Laser driven plasma acceleration" both in the department of physics and SUPA and the 3rd year lab teaching.

Research interests

Relativistic laser-plasma interaction, laser-driven particle acceleration, novel radiation from terahertz to X and gamma-ray radiations, laser-driven high energy density physics (including laboratory astrophysics).

Professional activities

Scientific Reports (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Nature Communications (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Journal of Applied Physics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Physical Review Letters (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Physical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (Journal)
Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics (Journal)
Peer reviewer

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Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Kokurewicz, Karolina (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Oct-2018
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Wilson, Thomas
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Wilson, Thomas (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 01-Apr-2019
Scottish ESRC Doctoral Training Centre DTG 2011 | Tooley, Matthew
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Tooley, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017
Laser-driven radiation beamlines at SCAPA (EPSRC Capital Equipment Portfolio)
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Boyd, Marie (Co-investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2020
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Tooley, Matthew
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Tooley, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017
QUOTA STUDENTSHIP 2012 | Butler, Nicholas Mark Henry
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Butler, Nicholas Mark Henry (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Mar-2014 - 01-Sep-2017

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