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: 



Single cycle terawatt twisted light pulses at midinfrared wavelengths above 10μm
Zhu Xing-Long, Chen Min, Weng Su-Ming, McKenna Paul, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Zhang Jie
Physical Review Applied Vol 12 (2019)
Collimation of high current fast electrons in dense plasmas with a tightly focused precursor intense laser pulse
Xu H, Yang XH, Sheng ZM, McKenna P, Ma YY, Zhou HB, Yin Y, Ren C, Zhang J
Nuclear Fusion Vol 59 (2019)
Suppression of parametric instabilities in inhomogeneous plasma with multi-frequency light
Zhao Yao, Weng Suming, Sheng Zhengming, Zhu Jianqiang
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 61 (2019)
Double optimal density gradients for harmonic generation from relativistically oscillating plasma surfaces
Gao Jian, Li Boyuan, Liu Feng, Cai Huaipeng, Chen Min, Yuan Xiaohui, Ge Xulei, Chen Liming, Sheng Zhengming, Zhang Jie
Physics of Plasmas Vol 26 (2019)
Advanced schemes for underdense plasma photocathode wakefield accelerators : pathways towards ultrahigh brightness electron beams
Manahan G G, Habib A F, Scherkl P, Ullmann D, Beaton A, Sutherland A, Kirwan G, Delinikolas P, Heinemann T, Altuijri R, Knetsch A, Karger O, Cook N M, Bruhwiler D L, Sheng Z-M, Rosenzweig J B, Hidding B
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 377 (2019)
Control of laser light by a plasma immersed in a tunable strong magnetic field
Zheng Xiaolong, Weng Suming, Ma Hanghang, Wang Yuanxiang, Chen Min, McKenna Paul, Sheng Zhengming
Optics Express Vol 27, pp. 23529-23538 (2019)

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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
Accelerating the Middle East -- EPSRC GCRF Institutional Sponsorship
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator)
Compact plasma accelerators for applications e.g. in life and space sciences with sustainable socio-economic benefit for Turkey and the Middle East are being developed.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

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