Saturday, November 26, 2011

UNLV Astrophysicist Helped Discover a Black Hole Swallows a Star – Sept 29th

Dr. Bing Zhang is a world leader in the field of gamma-ray bursts He has published over 140 papers in refereed journals, including 6 articles in nature and two articles in science. As a main author, his discovery paper on the first x-ray afterglow of short duration gamma-ray bursts was ranked as #4 "breakthrough of the year" in 2005 by the Science magazine. Zhang had worked at NASA and Penn State University before joining UNLV in 2004. He has since earned tenure as a professor.

UNLV Astrophysicist Bing Zhang was part of an international team of scientists who discovered evidence of a supermassive black hole swallowing a star.Luncheon & Talk, Thursday, September 29th. Check-in 11:30 AM, Lunch 12 PM. Cost is $30.

Zhang is one of the world's leading researchers on gamma ray bursts. It was Zhang's analysis of the satellite data of the gamma ray bursts which helped the scientists determine that they were seeing something very unusual and unique. The results of the discovery were published in the August 2011 issue of Nature in an article titled, "Relativistic Jet Activity from the Tidal Disruption of a Star by a Massive Black Hole".

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