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: 



Mitigating parametric instabilities in plasmas by sunlight-like lasers
Ma H H, Li X F, Weng S M, Yew S H, Kawata S, Gibbon P, Sheng Z M, Zhang J
Matter and Radiation at Extremes Vol 6 (2021)
Magnetic field amplification by high power lasers in underdense plasma
Wilson T C, Sheng Z-M, Eliasson B, McKenna P
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 63 (2021)
Polarized proton acceleration in ultraintense laser interaction with near-critical-density plasmas
Li X F, Gibbon P, Hützen A, Büscher M, Weng S M, Chen M, Sheng Z M
Physical Review E Vol 104 (2021)
Spin and polarization effects on the nonlinear Breit-Wheeler pair production in laser-plasma interaction
Song Huai Hang, Wang Wei Min, Li Yan Fei, Li Bing Jun, Li Yu Tong, Sheng Zheng Ming, Chen Li Ming, Zhang Jie
New Journal of Physics Vol 23 (2021)
Structure and transportation of electron vortices in near-critical density plasmas driven by ultrashort intense laser pulses
Yue D N, Geng P F, Yuan X H, Sheng Z M, Dong Q L, Kumar G R
Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion Vol 63 (2021)
Efficient bright γ-ray vortex emission from a laser-illuminated light-fan-in-channel target
Zhang Hao, Zhao Jie, Hu Yanting, Li Qianni, Lu Yu, Cao Yue, Zou Debin, Sheng Zhengming, Pegoraro Francesco, McKenna Paul, Shao Fuqiu, Yu Tongpu
High Power Laser Science and Engineering (2021)

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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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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
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Dickson, Alex
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Dickson, Alex (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Production of high quality electron bunches in AWAKE Run 2
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator) Hidding, Bernhard (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2022
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-2021

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