Huan Yang

Dr. Huan yang
Assistant Professor
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519-824-4120 x53784
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BSc Physics (2007) California Institute of Technology
PhD Physics (2013) California Institute of Technology, Supervisor: Yanbei Chen

After obtaining my PhD I became a post-doctoral fellow at Perimeter Institute between 2013 and 2016. Before coming to University of Guelph in 2017, I spent one year as a postdoc at Princeton University, working under the supervision of Frans Pretorius.

I have broad interest in theoretical astrophysics. In the past I have conducted research on quantum  optomechanics, quantum measurement, gravitational-wave detector physics, black hole theories, etc. My current research interest mainly focuses on gravitational wave astrophysics, embracing the major opportunity of discovery in astronomy brought by detections of gravitational waves.

  • Strong-field gravitational astrophysics. The objective is to unravel physics buried within the data, provide new insights to guide observations and propose methods to improve data quality. Part of my research projects are related to the dynamics of compact binary and triple systems, as well as their associated gravitational–wave emissions. I am also studying electromagnetic counterparts of binary neutron stars or neutron star-black hole mergers, in relation to future multi-messenger observations.  
  • Fundamental physics with strongly gravitating systems. The goal is to examine dynamical signatures of modified theories of gravity and methods to measure or constraint violations of General Relativity based on observed gravitational-wave data. Such a task also benefits from measurements using electromagnetic-wave telescopes, e.g., the Event Horizon Telescope.
  • H. Yang, V. Paschalidis, K. Yagi, L. Lehner, F. Pretorius, N. Yunes, ``Gravitational wave spectroscopy of binary neutron star merger remnants with mode stacking", Submitted. arXiv:1707.00207
  • H. Yang, M. Casals, ``General relativistic dynamics of an extreme mass-ratio binary with an external perturber", Submitted, arXiv: 1704.02022
  • H. Yang, K. Yagi, J. Blackman, L. Lehner, V. Paschalidis, F. Pretorius, N. Yunes, ``Black hole spectroscopy with coherent mode stacking", Physical Review Letters 118, 161101, (2017). arXiv:1701.05808
  • C. Thompson, H. Yang, N Ortiz, ``Global crustal dynamics of magnetars in relation to their brightest X-ray outbursts", Astrophysical Journal 841, 54, (2017). arXiv:1608.02633
  • H. Yang, A. Nishizawa, U. Pen, ``Testing gravity with pulsar scintillation measurements", Physical Review D 95, 084049, (2017). arXiv:1606.03419
  • R. Mendes, H. Yang, ``Tidal deformability of dark matter clumps", Submitted, arXiv:1606.03035
  • H. Yang, F. Zhang, ``Plasma-wave generation in a dynamic spacetime," Astrophysical Journal  817, 183, (2016). arXiv:1508.02119.   
  • H. Yang, L. Price, N. smith, R. Adhikari, H. Miao, and Y. Chen, ``Towards the Laboratory Search for Space-Time Dissipation," Submitted, arXiv:1504.02545.
  • H. Yang, F. Zhang, and L. Lehner, ``Magnetosphere of a Kerr black hole immersed in magnetized plasma and its perturbative mode structure," Physical Review D  91, 124055, (2015). arXiv:1503.06788.       
  • H. Yang, F. Zhang, S. Green, and L. Lehner,  ``Coupled Oscillator Model for Nonlinear Gravitational Perturbations," Physical Review D  91, 084007, (2015). arXiv:1502.08051.
  • Z. Mark, H. Yang, A. Zimmerman, and Y. Chen, ``The Quasinormal Modes of Weakly Charged Kerr-Newman Spacetimes,"  Physical Review D 91, 044025, (2015), arXiv:1409.5800.
  • F. Zhang,  H. Yang, and L. Lehner, ``Towards an understanding of the force-free magnetosphere of rapidly spinning black holes," Physical Review D  90, 124009, (2014). arXiv:1409.0345.
  • H. Yang, F. Zhang, ``Stability of force-free magnetospheres," Physical Review D  90, 104022, (2014). arXiv:1406.4602.
  • H. Yang, A. Zimmerman, and L. Lehner, ``Turbulent black holes," Physical Review Letters 114, 081101, (2015),   arXiv:1402.4859.   
  • H. Yang, M. Casals, ``Wavefront twisting by rotating black holes: orbital angular momentum generation and phase coherent detection," Physical Review D 90, 023014, (2014). arXiv:1404.0722.
  • H. Yang. F. Zhang, A. Zimmerman, and Y. Chen, ``The scalar Green function of the Kerr spacetime," Physical Review D 89, 064014, (2014). arXiv:1311.3380.
  • H. Yang, A. Zimmerman, A. Zenginoglu, F. Zhang, E. Berti, and Y. Chen, ``Quasinormal modes of near extremal Kerr spacetimes: spectral bifurcation and power-law ringdown," Physical Review D 88, 044047, (2013). arXiv:1307.8086.
  • H. Miao,  H. Yang}, R. Adhikari, and Y. Chen, ``Quantum limits of interferometer topologies for gravitational radiation detection," Classical and Quantum Gravity  31, 165010, (2014). arXiv: 1305.3957.
  • T. Hong,  H. Yang, E. K. Gustafson, R. X. Adhikari, and Y. Chen, ``Brownian Thermal Noise in Multilayer Coated Mirrors," Physical Review D  87, 082001, (2013). arXiv:1207.6145.
  • F. Khalili, H. Miao, H. Yang, A. H. Safavi-Naeni, and O. Painter, ``Quantum back-action in measurements of zero-point mechanical oscillators,"Physical Review A 86, 033840, (2012). arXiv:1206.0793.
  • H. Yang, H. Miao, and Y. Chen, ``Non-adiabatic elimination of auxiliary modes in continuous quantum measurements," Physical Review A 85, 040101(R), (2012). arXiv: 1108.0963.
  • T. Hong, H. Yang, H. Miao, and Y. Chen, ``Open quantum dynamics of single-photon optomechanics devices," Physical Review A 88, 023812, (2013). arXiv:1110.3348. 
  • F. Khalili, S. Danilishin, H. Miao, H. Muller-Ebhardt, H. Yang, and Y. Chen,``Preparing a mechanical oscillator in non-Gaussian quantum states," Physical Review Letters {\bf 105}, 070403, (2010). arXiv:1001.3738. 
  • A. D. Beyer,  V. S. Zapf,  H. Yang, M. S. Park, K. H. Kim, S. -I. Lee, and N. -C. Yeh,``Macroscopic evidence for quantum criticality and universal field-induced quantum fluctuations in cup rate superconductors,'' Physical Review B 76, 140506(R), (2007). [cond-mat/0612380].
  • H. Yang, H. Miao, and Y. Chen, ``First-order perturbative Hamiltonian equations of motion for a point particle orbiting a Schwarzschild black hole," Physical Review D  89, 104050, (2014). arXiv:1211.5410.
  • H. Yang, F. Zhang, A. Zimmerman, D. A. Nichols, E. Berti, and Y. Chen, ``Branching of quasinormal modes for near extremal Kerr black holes," Physical Review D {\bf 87}, 041502(R), (2013). arXiv:1212.3271.
  • H. Yang, H. Miao, D. Lee, B. Helou, and Y. Chen, ``Macroscopic Quantum Mechanics in a classical spacetime," Physical Review Letters 110, 170401, (2013). arXiv:1210.0457.
  • H. Yang, D. A. Nichols, F. Zhang, A. Zimmerman, Z. Y. Zhang, and Y. Chen, ``Quasinormal-mode spectrum of Kerr black holes and its geometric interpretation,"Physical Review D 86, 104006, (2012). arXiv:1207.4253.
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