Professor Zheng-Ming Sheng

Visiting Professor



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: 


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Area of Expertise

  • Physics of laser plasma interactions
  • Laser plasma based particle acceleration and radiation
  • Physics of inertial confined fusion
  • Theory and numerical simulation

Prize And Awards

Fellow of Institute of Physics
Fellow of American Physical Society

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Plasma photocathodes
Habib A F, Heinemann T, Manahan G G, Ullmann D, Scherkl P, Knetsch A, Sutherland A, Beaton A, Campbell D, Rutherford L, Boulton L, Nutter A, Karger O S, Litos M D, O’Shea B D, Andonian G, Bruhwiler D L, Pretzler G, Wilson T, Sheng Z M, Stumpf M, Reichwein L, Pukhov A, Cary J R, Hogan M J, Yakimenko V, Rosenzweig J B, Hidding B
Annalen der Physik (2023)
Self-focusing, compression and collapse of ultrashort weakly-relativistic Laguerre Gaussian lasers in near-critical plasma
Wilson T C, Sheng Z-M, McKenna P, Hidding B
Journal of Physics Communications Vol 7 (2023)
Luminous, relativistic, directional electron bunches from an intense laser driven grating plasma
Lad Amit D, Mishima Y, Singh Prashant Kumar, Li Boyuan, Adak Amitava, Chatterjee Gourab, Brijesh P, Dalui Malay, Inoue M, Jha J, Tata Sheroy, Trivikram M, Krishnamurthy M, Chen Min, Sheng Z M, Tanaka K A, Kumar G Ravindra, Habara H
Scientific Reports Vol 12 (2022)
Control of electron beam polarization in the bubble regime of laser-wakefield acceleration
Fan H C, Liu X Y, Li X F, Qu J F, Yu Q, Kong Q, Weng S M, Chen M, Büscher M, Gibbon P, Kawata S, Sheng Z M
New Journal of Physics Vol 24 (2022)
Ion acoustic shock wave formation and ion acceleration in the interactions of pair jets with electron–ion plasmas
Huang Jian, Weng Su-Ming, Wang Xin, Zhong Jia-Yong, Zhu Xing-Long, Li Xiao-Feng, Chen Min, Murakami Masakatsu, Sheng Zheng-Ming
The Astrophysical Journal Vol 931 (2022)
Polychromatic drivers for inertial fusion energy
Zhao Yao, Sheng Zhengming, Cui Zijian, Ren Lei, Zhu Jianqiang
New Journal of Physics Vol 24 (2022)

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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

More professional activities


Production of high quality electron bunches in AWAKE Run 2 2023-
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
Cockcroft Phase 4
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2025
Production of high quality electron bunches in AWAKE Run 2
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Dickson, Alex
Gray, Ross (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Dickson, Alex (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
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-2021

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Professor Zheng-Ming Sheng
Visiting Professor

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