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Prof 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: 



Formation of side discharges in dielectric barrier discharge
Fan Weili, Sheng Zhengming, Dong Lifang, Liu Fucheng, Zhong Xiaoxia, Cui Yiqian, Hao Fang, Du Tian
Scientific Reports Vol 7, (2017)
Magnetic field annihilation and reconnection driven by femtosecond lasers in inhomogeneous plasma
Wang You Yuan, Li FeiYu, Chen Min, Weng SuMing, Lu QuanMing, Dong QuanLi, Sheng ZhengMing, Zhang Jie
Science in China Series G: Physics Mechanics and Astronomy Vol 60, (2017)
Extreme case of Faraday effect : magnetic splitting of ultrashort laser pulses in plasmas
Weng Suming, Zhao Qian, Sheng Zhengming, Yu Wei, Luan Shixia, Chen Min, Yu Lule, Murakami Masakatsu, Mori Warren B., Zhang Jie
Optica Vol 4, pp. 1086-1091, (2017)
Terahertz emission driven by two-color laser pulses at various frequency ratios
Wang W.-M, Sheng Z.-M, Li Y.-T, Zhang Y., Zhang J.
Physical Review A Vol 96, (2017)
Formation of electron energy spectra during magnetic reconnection in laser-produced plasma
Huang Kai, Lu Quanming, Huang Can, Dong Quanli, Wang Huanyu, Fan Feibin, Sheng Zhengming, Wang Shui, Zhang Jie
Physics of Plasmas Vol 24, pp. 1-28, (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. Vol 119, (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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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund Institutional Sponsorship Award 2017 (GCRF) / R171051-106
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
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
Exploring Laser Interaction with Matters in the Quantum Electrodynamics Regime (ELIQED) MSCA-IF-2016
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2017 - 31-Aug-2019

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