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Professor Zheng-Ming Sheng

Physics

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: http://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=GBjZ0pYAAAAJ). 

 

Publications

Ionization injection in a laser wakefield accelerator subject to a transverse magnetic field
Zhao Q., Weng S. M., Sheng Z. M., Chen M., Zhang G. B., Mori W. B., Hidding B., Jaroszynski D. A., Zhang J.
New Journal of Physics, (2018)
QED cascade saturation in extreme high fields
Luo Wen, Liu Wei-Yuan, Yuan Tao, Chen Min, Yu Ji-Ye, Li Fei-Yu, Del Sorbo D., Ridgers C. P. , Sheng Zheng-Ming
Scientific Reports Vol 8, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26785-8
Attosecond electron bunches from a nanofiber driven by Laguerre-Gaussian laser pulses
Hu Li-Xiang, Yu Tong-Pu, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Vieira Jorge, Zou De-Bin, Yin Yan, McKenna Paul, Shao Fu-Qiu
Scientific Reports Vol 8, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-25421-9
QED effects induced harmonics generation in extreme intense laser foil interaction
Yu J Y, Yuan T, Liu W Y, Chen M, Luo W, Weng S M, Sheng Z M
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 60, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6587/aaae35
Bright attosecond gamma-ray pulses from nonlinear Compton scattering with laser-illuminated compound targets
Zhu Xing-Long, Chen Min, Yu Tong-Pu, Weng Su-Ming, Hu Li-Xiang, McKenna Paul, Sheng Zheng-Ming
Applied Physics Letters Vol 112, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.5028555
Multistage coupling of laser-wakefield accelerators with curved plasma channels
Luo J., Chen M., Wu W. Y., Weng S. M., Sheng Z. M., Schroeder C. B., Jaroszynski D. A., Esarey E., Leemans W. P., Mori W. B., Zhang J.
Physical Review Letters Vol 120, (2018)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.154801

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Teaching

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
2016
Nature Communications (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2016
Journal of Applied Physics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2015
Physical Review Letters (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2014
Physical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (Journal)
Referee
2014
Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2014

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Projects

Cockcroft Institute / R160525-1
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Cockcroft Institute
Riis, Erling (Principal Investigator) Cross, Adrian (Co-investigator) Eliasson, Bengt (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McKenna, Paul (Co-investigator) McNeil, Brian (Co-investigator) Ronald, Kevin (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2018
Harwell Imaging Partnership project | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
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
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Davidson, Zoe
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Davidson, Zoe (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Jul-2020

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