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Professor 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: 



A flexible, on-line magnetic spectrometer for ultra-intense laser produced fast electron measurement
Ge Xulei, Yuan Xiaohui, Yang Su, Deng Yanqing, Wei Wenqing, Fang Yuan, Gao Jian, Liu Feng, Chen Min, Zhao Li, Ma Yanyun, Sheng Zhengming, Zhang Jie
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment Vol 887, pp. 54-58, (2018)
Efficient ion acceleration and dense electron-positron plasma creation in ultra-high intensity laser-solid interactions
Del Sorbo D., Blackman D. R., Capdessus R., Small K., Slade-Lowther C., Lou W., Duff M. J., Robinson A. P. L., McKenna P., Sheng Z.-M., Pasley J., Ridgers C. P.
New Journal of Physics, pp. 1-19, (2018)
Demonstration of laser-produced neutron diagnostic by radiative capture gamma-rays
Zhang Xiaopeng, Wei Wenqing, Fu Changbo, Yuan Xiaohui, An Songhai, Deng Yanqing, Fang Yuan, Gao Jian, Ge Xulei, Guo Bing, He Chuangye, Hu Peng, Hua Neng, Jiang Weiman, Li Liang, Li Mengting, Li Yifei, Li Yutong, Liao Guoqiang, Liu Feng, Liu Longxiang, Wang Hongwei, Yang Pengqian, Yang Su, Yang Tao, Zhang Guoqiang, Zhang Yue, Zhu Baoqiang, Xi Xiaofeng, Zhu Jianqiang, Sheng Zhengming, Zhang Jie
Review of Scientific Instruments, (2018)
Observation of terahertz radiation via the two-color laser scheme with uncommon frequency ratios
Zhang Liang-Liang, Wang Wei-M., Wu Tong, Zhang Rui, Zhang Shi-J., Zhang Cun-Lin, Zhang Yan, Sheng Zheng-Ming, Zhang Xi-Cheng
Physical Review Letters Vol 119, (2017)
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)
Acceleration and radiation of externally injected electrons in laser plasma wakefield driven by a Laguerre-Gaussian pulse
Shen Zhong-Chen, Chen Min, Zhang Guo-Bo, Luo Ji, Weng Su-Ming, Yuan Xiao-Hui, Liu Feng, Sheng Zheng-Ming
Chinese Physics B Vol 26, (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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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-Apr-2020
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

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