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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).
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
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.
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Doctor of Science, Theoretical studies of ultrashort intense laser-plasma interaction, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics
Award Date: 1 Jan 1993
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1/04/22 → 31/03/25
Habib, A. F., Heinemann, T., Manahan, G. G., Ullmann, D., Scherkl, P., Knetsch, A., Sutherland, A., Beaton, A., Campbell, D., Rutherford, L., Boulton, L., Nutter, A., Karger, O. S., Litos, M. D., O’Shea, B. D., Andonian, G., Bruhwiler, D. L., Pretzler, G., Wilson, T., Sheng, Z., & 8 others, 31 Oct 2023, In: Annalen der Physik. 535, 10, 26 p., 2200655.
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Self-focusing, compression and collapse of ultrashort weakly-relativistic Laguerre Gaussian lasers in near-critical plasmaWilson, T. C., Sheng, Z-M., McKenna, P. & Hidding, B., 7 Mar 2023, In: Journal of Physics Communications. 7, 3, 11 p., 035002.
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Zhu, X. (Creator) & Sheng, Z. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 25 Mar 2020
Zheng-Ming Sheng (Speaker)17 Dec 2018 → 19 Dec 2018
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral 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 types › Invited talk