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


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).

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Physics of laser plasma interactions
  • Laser plasma based particle acceleration and radiation
  • Physics of inertial confined fusion
  • Theory and numerical simulation

Teaching Interests

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics

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Projects 2013 2022

DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Nutter, Alastair

Hidding, B., Sheng, Z. & Nutter, A.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Boulton, Lewis

Hidding, B., Sheng, Z. & Boulton, L.

EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)


Project: Research Studentship - Internally AllocatedResearch Studentship (Internally Allocated)

Research Output 2008 2019

Absolute instability modes due to rescattering of stimulated Raman scattering in a large nonuniform plasma

Zhao, Y., Sheng, Z., Weng, S., Ji, S. & Zhu, J., 29 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : High Power Laser Science and Engineering. p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
nonuniform plasmas
Stimulated Raman scattering
Raman spectra
light speed

Laser pulse compression towards collapse and beyond in plasma

Wilson, T. C., Li, F., Weng, S-M., Chen, M., McKenna, P. & Sheng, Z-M., 23 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pulse compression
electron acceleration


Generation, acceleration and measurement of attosecond electron beams from laser-plasma accelerators

Author: Weikum, M. K., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Sheng, Z. (Supervisor) & Jaroszynski, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Optimisation and control of ion acceleration in intense laser-foil interactions

Author: Higginson, A., 1 Apr 2018

Supervisor: McKenna, P. (Supervisor) & Sheng, Z. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Fellow of American Physical Society

Zheng-Ming Sheng (Recipient), Oct 2013

Prize: Election to learned society

plasma physics

Fellow of Institute of Physics

Zheng-Ming Sheng (Recipient), Oct 2015

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2010 2018

  • 11 Journal peer review
  • 6 Invited talk
  • 2 Editorial board member
  • 2 Oral presentation

Multistage coupling of laser wakefield accelerators

Zheng-Ming Sheng (Speaker)
17 Dec 201819 Dec 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Relativistic laser plasma for physics at extreme: from attosecond light sources to nonlinear QED physics

Zheng-Ming Sheng (Speaker)
5 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk