Huan Yang

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University of Guelph - Department of Physics

Area of Research:

Research Interests

My current research interest mainly focuses on gravitational wave astrophysics, with strong connection to gravitational wave observations. There are two main themes:

1. Strong-field gravitational astrophysics. The objectives are 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 (neutron stars and black holes) 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.

2.Fundamental physics with strongly gravitating systems. The goals are to examine dynamical signatures of modified theories of gravity and develop methods to measure or constrain violationsof General Relativity based on observed gravitational-wave data. As more and more detections are expected in the next a few years, there are unprecedented opportunities to search for "unknown unknowns" in fundamental physics with gravitational waves.

Positions Held

  • 2008-2013. PhD: California Institute of Technology. 2013-2016: Postdoc Fellow: Perimeter Institute 2016-2017: Postdoc Fellow: Princeton University 2017- : Assistant Professor: University of Guelph

Recent Publications

  • Alexander Y. Chen, Yajie Yuan, Huan Yang, Physics of Pair Producing Gaps in Black Hole Magnetospheres, The Astrophysical Journal Letters, 863:L31, 2018, arXiv: 1805.11039.
  • Huan Yang, William E. East, Vasileios Paschalidis, Frans Pretorius, Raissa F. P. Mendes, Evolution of Highly Eccentric Binary Neutron Stars Including Tidal Effects, Phys. Rev. D 98, 044007 (2018), arXiv: 1806.00158
  • Beatrice Bonga, Eric Poisson, Huan Yang, Self-torque and angular momentum balance for a spinning charged sphere, arXiv: 1805.01372
  • William E. East, Huan Yang, Magnetosphere of a spinning black hole and the role of the current sheet, Phys. Rev. D 98, 023008 (2018), arXiv: 1805.05952
  • Emanuele Berti, Kent Yagi, Huan Yang, Nicol├ís Yunes, Extreme Gravity Tests with Gravitational Waves from Compact Binary Coalescences: (II) Ringdown, General Relativity and Gravitation 50 (5), 49, (2018). arXiv: 1801.03587
  • Haixing Miao, Huan Yang, Denis Martynov, Towards the Design of Gravitational-Wave Detectors for Probing Neutron-Star Physics, Phys. Rev. D 98, 044044 (2018), arXiv: 1712.07345
  • Huan Yang, Denis Martynov, Testing Gravitational Memory Generation with Compact Binary Mergers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 121, 071102 (2018), arXiv: 1803.02429
  • Huan Yang, Vasileios Paschalidis, Kent Yagi, Luis Lehner, Frans Pretorius, Nicolas Yunes, Gravitational wave spectroscopy of binary neutron star merger remnants with mode stacking, Phys. Rev. D 97, 024049 (2018), arXiv: 1707.00207
  • Kent Yagi, Huan Yang, Probing Gravitational Parity Violation with Gravitational Waves from Stellar-mass Black Hole Binaries, Phys. Rev. D 97, 104018 (2018), arXiv: 1712.00682
  • Huan Yang, William E. East, Luis Lehner, Can we distinguish low mass black holes in neutron star binaries?, The Astrophysical Journal 856, 110, (2018), arXiv: 1710.05891
  • Jun Zhang, Huan Yang. Gravitational floating orbits around hairy black holes. arXiv: 1808.02905
  • Quasinormal modes beyond Kerr, Proceedings of the Sant Cugat Forum on Astrophysics (2014). Session on 'Gravitational Wave Astrophysics.'


  • Kilo-Herhz Gravitational Wave Astronomy, Beijing Normal University, July 2018
  • Gravitational Wave Astronomy: Chapter One, University of Guelph, November 2017
  • Gravitational wave spectroscopy of compact binary merger remnants with mode stacking, Lights, Sounds, Action in Strong field Gravity, November 2017