News since Jan 2018:

  • Aug. 15, 2018, finished and submitted a new paper on FRB energetics and detectability from high redshifts (Here).
  • Aug. 15, 2018, a paper with Yuan-Pei Yang accepted for publication in ApJL (Here). This paper suggests that the ultimate synchrotron "line of death" is at Fnu ~ nu^{2/3} rather than nu^{1/3}. However, in order to achieve this harder spectrum, one needs to have significant anisotropy in the emission region.
  • Jul. 24-27, 2018, attended Workshop on Gravitational Waves in Beijing and gave an invited talk.
  • Jul. 9, 2018, New graduate student Jiawei Luo arrived to start his PhD journey. Welcome Jiawei!
  • Jul. 1-5, 2018, attended the Fifteenth Marcel Grossman Meeting (MG15) in Rome and delivered 1 plenary talk, 1 invited talk, and 2 contributed talks.
  • Jun. 25-29, 2018, attended a Psi2 scientific program of the Paris-Saclay University entitled "Gamma-Ray Bursts and Supernovae: From Central Engines to the Observer" and gave an invited opening talk.
  • Jun. 19, 2018, paper led by visiting student Shaoze Li (Here) accepted for publication in ApJL. This paper suggests that the optical transient AT2017gfo associated with GW170817 is better interpreted as being partially powered by a long-lived neutron star at the central engine.
  • May 23-25, 2018, attended 2nd Gravitational Wave Astrophysics Workshop in Xiamen, gave an invited talk and workshop summary.
  • May 15-18, 2018, attended the 3rd SVOM workshop at Les Houches and gave an invited talk.
  • Apr. 19, 2018, h-index hit 80 according to ADS.
  • Apr. 6, 2018, UNLV student Jared Rice successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. Congratulations, Jared!
  • Apr. 2, 2018, Wang et al. accepted to ApJ. (Here). This paper reports a reinvestigation of GRB jet breaks.
  • Mar. 23, 2018, Huang et al. accepted to ApJ. (Here). This paper reports the possible external shock origin of one GRB (GRB 120729A).
  • Feb. 6, 2018, FRB 121102 - cosmic comb paper accepted for publication in ApJL.
  • Jan. 31, 2018, short visit to Arizona State University, delivered a Cosmology Seminar entitled "Fast radio bursts and their possible origins".
  • Jan. 23, 2018, The paper entitled "Are there multiple populations of Fast Radio Bursts?" accepted for publication in ApJL (Here). This paper was started by Divya Palaniswamy and finished by Ye Li. We show that the only repeating FRB 121102 is abnormously active. Other FRBs either repeat much less frequenctly or do not repeat at all.
  • Jan. 22, 2018, formally starting a new job as Associate Dean for Research, College of Sciences, UNLV.
  • Jan. 19, 2018, The paper entitled "Relativistic Astronomy" finally accepted for publication in ApJ (Here). In this paper, we (together with Kunyang Li at Georgia tech) proposed that the "Breakthrough Starshot" project may be developed into an astronomy observatory to study the universe.
  • Jan. 11, 2018, a paper published in Nature reporting the discovery of strong and variable rotation measure of the bursts detected from the repeating FRB 121102 (Here). All the data seem to be interpretable within the framework of my "Cosmic Comb" model (Here). A paper was written in four days, which was submitted for publication on Jan. 15. (Here).
  • Jan. 4, 2018, the paper on the short GRB 170817A associated with the first NS-NS merger gravitational wave event GW170817 (led by Bin-Bin Zhang and contributed by 8 former UNLV associates as well as other coauthors) formally accepted for publication in Nature Communications (Here).
  • Jan. 1, 2018, our paper on GRB 160625B formally published in Nature Astronomy (Here). In this paper. we found a clear jet composition transition within a same burst, from a fireball in the first sub-pulse to a Poynting-flux-dominated jet in the second sub-pulse. First author is Bin-Bin Zhang.

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