Dr. Ken-ichi Nishikawa (Univ. of Alabama, Huntsville) visit our group and give colloquium speech

Sep 30, 2011

Radiation from accelerated particles in shocks and reconnections”

Plasma instabilities are responsible not only for the onset and mediation of collisionless shocks but also for the associated acceleration of particles. We have investigated particle acceleration and shock structure associated with an unmagnetized relativistic electron-positron jet propagating into an unmagnetized electron-positron plasma.

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Prof. Edo Berger (Harvard Univ.) visit our group and give colloquium speech

Sep 23, 2011

“Short GRBs:  Environments, Afterglows, and Prospects for Gravitational Wave Detections”

The bimodality of GRB durations points to distinct progenitor classes.  While the progenitors of long GRBs are now known to be massive stars, the progenitors of short GRBs remain unidentified.  In this talk I will discuss the discovery of short GRB afterglow and host galaxies, detailed studies of their environments from parsec to galactic scales, and initial studies of their afterglows. 

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UNLV professor gets to observe rare astronomical event —– News from Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sep. 3, 2011

Sep 5, 2011

Astrophysicist Bing Zhang, a University of Nevada, Las Vegas professor, was part of an international team of scientists who discovered evidence of a supermassive black hole swallowing a star. The results of the discovery were published last week in the science journal Nature.

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UNLV astrophysicist key in NASA discovery

University professor part of research team that observed  black-hole engulfing star

Sep 2 ,2011

A UNLV astrophysicist was part of a team of scientists that recently discovered the first evidence of a super-massive black hole swallowing a star.

Professor Bing Zhang was one of 58 authors involved in detailing the observations in the Aug. 25 edition of the journal, Nature.

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