Chao-Chin Yang

Chao-Chin Yang (楊朝欽)

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

About Me

Welcome to my homepage. I am an assistant research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the United States. My research has been broadly in theoretical astrophysics, including planet formation and migration, galactic dynamics, the interstellar medium, and computational astrophysics. My studies primarily involves computer simulations, using state-of-the-art high-end computing facilities. I am one of the core developers for the Pencil Code, a high-order finite-difference code for compressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) coupled with solid particles. Recently, I joined the development team of Athena++, a radiation (GR)MHD code using high-order finite-volume methods and constraint transport.

Currently, I am focusing on understanding processes that may affect the formation of kilometer-scale planetesimals in protoplanetary disks, one of the most difficult stages in the course of planet formation. These processes include, but are not limited to, dust-gas dynamics, dust coagulation, and MHD turbulence.


2020–present Assistant Research Professor University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2017–2020 Postdoctoral Scholar University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2014–2017 Senior Research Fellow Lund University
2012–2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Lund University
2010–2012 Postdoctoral Scholar University of California, Santa Cruz
2010 Ph.D. University of Illinois
2003–2004 Research Assistant Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Academia Sinica
2003 M.S. National Taiwan University
1998 B.S. National Taiwan University

Research Interests