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


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.  


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

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An international team of astrophysicists has reported the discovery of a unique cosmological gamma-ray burst (GRB) that defies current theories of how the violent cosmic explosions form. This exceptional burst has resulted in a new proposed model, or source, for certain types of gamma-ray bursts.
An unusual bright blast of light detected by multiple telescopes in December 2021 was the result of a rare cosmic explosion that created a wealth of heavy elements such as gold and platinum.
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Astronomers have spotted a bright gamma-ray burst that upends previous theories of how these energetic cosmic eruptions occur.
Last December, astronomers caught sight of an extremely bright, extremely close gamma ray burst that lasted for a little under a minute — close as far as gamma ray bursts, anyways: about a billion light-years away. Ordinarily, it would be interesting, but nothing groundbreaking, something to be filed away with the tens of thousands of other long gamma ray bursts that have been observed over the past half-century. But then, something didn’t happen: the supernova required to create such a lengthy explosion was nowhere to be found.

Articles Featuring Bing Zhang

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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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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