Associate Professor

Phone: (027) 87543880


Academic Areas: Gravitational Waves, Relativistic Astrophysics, Radio Astronomy

Research Interests: Gravitational waves, relativistic astrophysics, and radio astronomy


Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Nanjing University in June 2011. Before that, he was a co-supervised graduate student between Nanjing University and the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB), and obtained his M.Sc. in physics in May 2009 from UTB. He received his B.Sc. in astronomy from Nanjing University in June 2006. Before joining the Huazhong University of Science and Technology as a faculty member in 2014, he was a NSF-PIRE postdoctoral research associate working in the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy at UTB. Dr. Wang’s research interest covers the gravitational waves, relativistic astrophysics, and radio astronomy. The astronomical system he has been concerned with includes pulsars, black holes and accretion disks. He is a member of the North American Nano-hertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves and the TianQin space-borne gravitational wave detector project, both of which are aimed to detect gravitational waves from the cosmos. 

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, 2011, School of Astronomy and Space Science, Nanjing University.

M.Sc. in Physics, 2009, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S.

B.Sc. in Astronomy, 2006, Department of Astronomy, Nanjing University.

Professional Experience

December 2014 - Present: Associate Professor, School of Physics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China

July 2015 - September 2015: Visiting Scholar, School of Physics, University of Western Australia, Australia

September 2011 - October 2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy, University of Texas at Brownsville, U.S.

Selected Publications

1. Yan Wang, Soumya Mohanty and Fredrick Jenet. "Coherent Network Analysis for Continuous Gravitational Wave Signals in a Pulsar Timing Array: Pulsar Phases as Extrinsic Parameters". The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 815, Issue 2, article id. 125, 13 pp. (2015).

2. Yan Wang, Soumya Mohanty and Fredrick Jenet. "A Coherent Method for the Detection and Parameter Estimation of Continuous Gravitational Wave Signals Using a Pulsar Timing Array". The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 795, Issue 1, article id. 96, 15 pp. (2014).

3. Yan Wang and Xiang-dong Li. "Strong field effects on emission line profiles: Kerr black holes and warped accretion disks". The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 744, Issue 2, pp. 186-197. (2012).

4. Yan Wang, Teviet Creighton, Richard Price and Fredrick Jenet. "Strong Field Effects on Pulsar Arrival Times: General Orientations". The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 705, Issue 2, pp. 1252-1259. (2009).

5. Yan Wang, Fredrick Jenet, Teviet Creighton and Richard Price. "Strong Field Effects on Pulsar Arrival Times: Circular Orbits and Equatorial Beams". The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 697, Issue 1, pp. 237-246. (2009).

Awards and Honors

National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant No. 11503007 (2016-2018)

Courses Taught

• University Physics

• Observational Astrophysics

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