Bing Zhang

Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Director, Nevada Center for Astrophysics
Expertise: Astrophysics, Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs), Electromagnetic Radiation, Black Holes (Accretion Disks), Neutron Stars, Neutrinos, Gravitational Waves

Biography

Bing Zhang is a distinguished professor in UNLV’s department of physics and astronomy who researches high-energy astrophysics, which explores the energy emitted by powerful stellar masses, like black holes and neutron stars. Zhang is especially knowledgeable about fast radio bursts (FRBs) and gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the most luminous explosions in the universe.

Zhang’s main research interests include transient astrophysics, jet and accretion physics, multi-wavelength astrophysics, pulsars, gravitational waves, X-rays to low frequency radio waves, and other general topics relating to astrophysics. His research papers have been cited over 35,000 times by peers in his field, and his work has been recognized by NASA.

A frequent media source to top media outlets like CNN and Vice, Zhang is the author of The Physics of Gamma-Ray Bursts, a textbook that is taught today in graduate classes for students studying gamma-ray bursts and is frequently referenced by fellow researchers.

Prior to joining UNLV in 2004, Zhang did postdoctoral fellowships at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and Pennsylvania State University.  

Education

  • Ph.D., Astrophysics, Peking University
  • M.S., Astrophysics, Peking University
  • B.S., Geophysics, Peking University

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Bing Zhang In The News

Space.com
New observations are challenging a hypothesis about what produces these energetic bursts of radio waves.
Yahoo!
Mysterious fast radio bursts release as much energy as the Sun pours out in a year - and newly published research has deepened the mystery around them.
Sky & Telescope
A peculiar repeating fast radio burst seems to be coming from a dynamic environment in an otherwise uninteresting region, leaving researchers scratching their heads as to the burst’s origin.
Science Alert
We have detected a strange new signal from across the chasm of time and space. A repeating fast radio burst source detected last year was recorded spitting out a whopping 1,863 bursts over 82 hours, amid a total of 91 hours of observation.

Articles Featuring Bing Zhang

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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