Weiwei Zhu

Positions: Professor
Academic Title: Professor
Mailing Address: Weiwei Zhu
Education and Career History

2003 BSc Peking University
2006 MSc Peking University
2011 PhD McGill University
2011-2014 Postdoc British Columbia University
2014-2017 Postdoc Max-Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy
2017-present Researcher National Astronomical Observatory of China

Research Fields

Pulsar and Fast Radio Burst searching, pulsar timing, detection of gravitational waves and testing gravitational theories.


We developed the first deep-learning-based pulsar candidate classification system and discovered more than 10 new pulsars with its help.
We conducted the most-stringent test on the Gravitational constant’s constancy outside the Solar system using long-term timing of the pulsar binary J1713+0747.

Selected Publication

Spitler, L. G., Scholz, P., Hessels, J. W. T., et al. “A repeating fast radio burst” Nature, 531, Page 202 (2016)
Zhu, W. W., Stairs, I. H. Demorest, P. B. et al., “Testing Theories of Gravitation Using 21-Year Timing of Pulsar Binary J1713+0747” The Astrophysical Journal, 809, Page 41 (2015)
Zhu, W. W., Berndsen, A., Madsen, E. C., et al. “Searching for Pulsars Using Image Pattern Recognition” The Astrophysical Journal, 781, Page 117 (2014)
Zhu, W. W., Kaspi, V. M., McLaughlin, M. A., et al. “Chandra Observations of the High-magnetic-field Radio Plsar J1718-3718” The Astrophysical Journal, 734, Page 44 (2011)
Zhu, W. W., Kaspi, V. M. “Searching for X-ray Variability in the Glitching Anomalous X-ray Pulsar 1E 1841-045 in Kes 73” The Astrophysical Journal, 719, Page 351 (2010)
Zhu, W. W., Kaspi, V. M., Gonzalez, M. E., et al. “XMM-Newton X-Ray Detection of the High-Magnetic-Field Radio Pulsar PSR B1916+14” The Astrophysical Journal, 704, Page 1321 (2009)
Zhu, W. W., Kaspi, V. M., Dib, R., et al. “The Long-Term Radiative Evolution of Anomalous X-Ray Pulsar 1E 2259+586 After Its 2002 Outburst” The Astrophysical Journal, 686, Page 520-527 (2008)
Zhu, W. W., Xu, R. X. “GCRT J1745-3009: a precessing radio pulsar?” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 365, Page L16 (2006)