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: 



Multi-millijoule coherent terahertz bursts from picosecond laser-irradiated metal foils
Liao Guoqiang, Li Yutong, Liu Hao, Scott Graeme G, Neely David, Zhang Yihang, Zhu Baojun, Zhang Zhe, Armstrong Chris, Zemaityte Egle, Bradford Phil, Huggard Peter G, Rusby Dean R, McKenna Paul, Brenner Ceri M, Woolsey Nigel C, Wang Weimin, Sheng Zhengming, Zhang Jie
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol 116, pp. 3994-3999 (2019)
Laser pulse compression towards collapse and beyond in plasma
Wilson Thomas Cunningham, Li Fei-yu, Weng Su-Ming, Chen Min, McKenna Paul, Sheng Zheng-Ming
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Vol 52 (2019)
Absolute instability modes due to rescattering of stimulated Raman scattering in a large nonuniform plasma
Zhao Yao, Sheng Zhengming, Weng Suming, Ji Shengzhe, Zhu Jianqiang
High Power Laser Science and Engineering, pp. 1-11 (2019)
Very-long distance propagation of high-energy laser pulse in air
Wang Jingwei, Yu Wei, Yu M Y, Rykovanov Sergey, Ju Jingjing, Luan Shixia, Li Kun, Leng Yuxin, Li Ruxin, Sheng Zheng-Ming
Physics of Plasmas Vol 25 (2018)
Summary of laser plasma physics sessions at the first AAPPS-DPP conference
Sheng Zheng-Ming
Reviews of Modern Plasma Physics (2018)
Collimated ultra-bright gamma-rays from electron wiggling along a petawatt-laser-irradiated wire in the QED regime
Wang Wei-Min, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Gibbon Paul, Chen Li-Ming, Zhang Jie
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Vol 115, pp. 9911-9916 (2018)

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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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DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Nutter, Alastair
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Nutter, Alastair (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Boulton, Lewis
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Boulton, Lewis (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Accelerating the Middle East -- EPSRC GCRF Institutional Sponsorship
Hidding, Bernhard (Principal Investigator) McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator) Jaroszynski, Dino (Principal Investigator)
Compact plasma accelerators for applications e.g. in life and space sciences with sustainable socio-economic benefit for Turkey and the Middle East are being developed.
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
Harwell Imaging Partnership project | Frazer, Timothy
McKenna, Paul (Principal Investigator) Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Co-investigator) Frazer, Timothy (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Exploring Laser Interaction with Matters in the Quantum Electrodynamics Regime (ELIQED) MSCA-IF-2016
Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
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)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018

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