Professor Zheng-Ming Sheng


Personal statement

The continuous development of ultrashort pulsed high power lasers over the last 30 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 30 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 25 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the last 17 years, and established wide collaboration with groups from China, Japan, India, Germany, UK, and USA. I have coauthored over 300 peer-reviewed papers with H-index 52 (in google scholars: 



Extremely brilliant GeV γ-rays from a two-stage laser-plasma accelerator
Zhu Xing-Long, Chen Min, Weng Su-Ming, Yu Tong-Pu, Wang Wei-Min, He Feng, Sheng Zheng-Ming, McKenna Paul, Jaroszynski Dino A, Zhang Jie
Science Advances Vol 6, pp. eaaz7240 (2020)
Plasma modulator for high-power intense lasers
Zhao Yao, Weng Suming, Sheng Zhengming, Kang Ning, Liu Huiya, Zhu Jianqiang, Zhang Jie
Optics Express Vol 28, pp. 15794-15804 (2020)
Stimulated Raman scattering in a non-eigenmode regime
Zhao Yao, Weng Suming, Sheng Zhengming, Zhu Jianqiang
High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2020)
Phase evolution of terahertz radiation from femtosecond laser-induced air plasma
Zhang Zhen, Chen Yanping, Zhang Zhelin, Xia Tianhao, Zhang Jiayang, Sheng Zhengming, Zhang Jie
Optics Letters Vol 45, pp. 1966-1969 (2020)
Efficient generation of relativistic near-single-cycle mid-infrared pulses in plasmas
Zhu Xing-Long, Weng Su-Ming, Chen Min, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Zhang Jie
Light: Science & Applications Vol 9 (2020)
Guided propagation of extremely intense lasers in plasma via ion motion
Wang Wei-Min, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Wilson Thomas, Li Yu-Tong, Zhang Jie
Physical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics Vol 101 (2020)

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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

Multistage coupling of laser wakefield accelerators
Relativistic laser plasma for physics at extreme: from attosecond light sources to nonlinear QED physics
Plasma photonics for applications: from laser particle accelerator to laser fusion
Suppression of parametric instabilities with decoupled broadband lasers in plasma and fast ignition of ICF with magnetized targets
Summary of Laser Plasma Sessions
Studies of laser plasma based electron acceleration and radiation

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Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Campbell, David
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Campbell, David (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2023
DESY Contribution of Studentship Evangelos Matzoukas
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Matzoukas, Evangelos
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Matzoukas, Evangelos (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Nutter, Alastair
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Nutter, Alastair (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Boulton, Lewis
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Boulton, Lewis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Harwell Imaging Partnership project | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021

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