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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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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
Laser-driven radiation beamlines at SCAPA (EPSRC Capital Equipment Portfolio)
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Boyd, Marie (Co-investigator) Gray, Ross (Co-investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Co-investigator) McArthur, Stephen (Co-investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator)
We propose to create new capability and capacity for collaborative high power laser-plasma research to underpin the development and application of laser-driven radiation sources, using three new beamlines and experiment stations at the Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma-based Accelerators, SCAPA. Each of the beamlines will be configured in a unique way and with a focus on a specific category of laser-plasma interactions and secondary sources, to create a complementary suite of dedicated beamlines. This approach is required to enable the development and optimisation of laser-plasma sources from the realms of scientific investigation to real-world applications. It enables long-term investment in the optimisation and stabilisation of the beams and largely eliminates downtime for rebuilding experiments, thus enabling efficient and effective use of high power laser beam time.

The equipment will support an extensive research portfolio in laser-plasma physics and multidisciplinary applications, with an emphasis on radiation sources and healthcare applications. The unique properties of laser-driven radiation sources make them attractive both as tools for science (e.g. femtosecond X-ray sources for probing the structure of matter) and for applications in a variety of sectors including: healthcare (e.g. imaging and radiotherapy); industry (e.g. penetrative probing and assay) and energy (e.g. testing the integrity of stored nuclear waste). The strategic development of this field requires a balanced programme of dedicated university-scale and leading-edge national laser facilities. The proposed beamlines will complement existing and planned expansion of national facilities at the Central Laser Facility, providing new capability and capacity to enable UK research groups to remain at the forefront of this research area and help promote international collaboration.

The research will be performed collaboratively with groups from across the UK and sustained mainly through collaborative research grants. The new suite of beamlines will promote exchanges between academia and industry, and enable engagement of the UK research community with large international projects, such as the Extreme Light Infrastructure, ELI. It will also provide a unique interdisciplinary training platform for researchers.
Period 01-Apr-2017 - 31-Mar-2020
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Tooley, Matthew
Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Tooley, Matthew (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2017

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