Bing Zhang

Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
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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Bing Zhang In The News

March 29, 2022
The global smart space market size is projected to grow from USD 9.4 billion in 2020 to USD 15.3 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.2% during the forecast period. The increasing venture capital funding and growing investments in smart space technology to drive market growth.
Noticias de la Ciencia
March 24, 2022
According to recent research results, polarization could hold key clues to unraveling the enigma of fast radio bursts (FRBs).
Trust My Science
March 21, 2022
The first fast radio burst detected dates back to 2007. Since then, nearly a hundred of these ultrashort cosmic “explosions” have been recorded, some of them being periodic. Despite these multiple observations, the origin of these signals remains unknown to this day. Black holes, simple neutron stars, pulsars or magnetars are among the sources considered. A new study conducted by an international team on five different sources of these strange signals could finally solve this mystery.
March 20, 2022
New study by international team of scientists identifies polarization as key trait that may reveal the origin of the powerful millisecond-long cosmic radio explosions.

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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Research | December 27, 2021

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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