Zheng-Ming Sheng


  • United Kingdom

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Attosecond electron bunches and attosecond light sources from relativistic laser-plasma


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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

Award Date: 1 Jan 1993

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Research Output

Efficient generation of relativistic near-single-cycle mid-infrared pulses in plasmas

Zhu, X-L., Weng, S-M., Chen, M., Sheng, Z-M. & Zhang, J., 20 Mar 2020, In : Light: Science & Applications. 9, 9 p., 46.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    2 Downloads (Pure)

    Extremely brilliant GeV γ-rays from a two-stage laser-plasma accelerator

    Zhu, X-L., Chen, M., Weng, S-M., Yu, T-P., Wang, W-M., He, F., Sheng, Z-M., McKenna, P., Jaroszynski, D. A. & Zhang, J., 29 May 2020, In : Science Advances. 6, 22, p. eaaz7240 21 p., eaaz7240.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    1 Citation (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)


    Fellow of American Physical Society

    Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Recipient), Oct 2013

    Prize: Election to learned society

    Fellow of Institute of Physics

    Sheng, Zheng-Ming (Recipient), Oct 2015

    Prize: Election to learned society


    • 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