• 284 Phillips Hall, Department of Physics, CB 3255
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 USA
  • evans {AT} physics { DOT } unc { DOT } edu

Professional Data

  • Agnew H. Bahnson, Jr. Professor of Physics, 2015 -- present
  •     Associate Chair, 2012 -- present
  •     Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Chair, 2006-2009
  • Professor, 1999-2015
  • Associate Professor, 1994-1999
  • Assistant Professor, 1989-1994
  • Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, 1986-1989
  • Research Associate, University of Illinois, 1984-1986

  • Senior Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, 2013
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1991
  • Presidential Young Investigator, 1990
  • Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, 2014
  • Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Award, 1994
  • Associated Western Universities Graduate Fellow, 1982

Education

  • Ph.D. - University of Texas at Austin, 1984 (Physics)
  • B.A. - Vanderbilt University, 1976 (Physics and Mathematics)

Lecture Courses

  • Phys 701 - Classical Dynamics
  • Phys 712 - Classical Electrodynamics
  • Phys 832 - General Relativity
  • Phys 193 - Scientific Computation (Replaced by Phys 331)
  • Astr 702 - High-Energy Astrophysics
  • Astr 031 - Descriptive Astronomy (Replaced by Astr 101 and 102)
  • Astr 102 - Introduction to Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies & Cosmology

Present PhD Thesis Students

  • Kyle Slinker, Zach Nasipak, Chris Munna, Reece Boston

Recent PhD Students

  • Erik Forseth, PhD 2016
  •     Quant. Research Analyst, Graham Capital Management, L.P., 2016-
  • Thomas Osburn, PhD 2016
  •     Assistant Professor, Oxford College of Emory University, 2016-
  • Roseanne Cheng, PhD 2012
  •     Nicholas C. Metropolis Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2017-
  •     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Johns Hopkins, 2014-2017
  •     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Georgia Tech, 2012-2014
  • Seth Hopper, PhD 2011
  •     Assistant Professor, Earlham College, 2017-
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, 2015-2017
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, University College Dublin, 2014-2015
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, Max Planck, Albert Einstein Institute, 2011-2014
  • Michael Good, PhD 2011
  •     Assistant Professor, Nazarbayev University, 2014-
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, Nanyang Technological Univ, Singapore, 2011-2014
  • Valery Tenyotkin, PhD 2009
  •     Software engineer, San Francisco Bay Area, 2009-
  • Travis Garrett, PhD 2007
  •     Staff Physicist, Stellar Science, Inc., Albuquerque, 2011-
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, Perimeter Institute, 2009-2011
  •     Postdoc Res Assoc, LSU, 2007-2009
  • Mark Hannam, PhD 2003 (Co-advised by G. Cook and C. Evans)
  •     Professor, Cardiff University, 2015-
  •     STFC Advanced Fellow: Cardiff University, 2010-2015
  • Brian Brill, PhD 2001
  •     Ab Initio Software, 2001-

Research Interests

  • Gravitational physics & relativistic astrophysics
  • Self-force, gravitational waves, and binary black hole inspirals
  • Tidal disruption of stars by massive black holes
  • Numerical relativity, critical phenomena in gravitational collapse
  • Pulsars and compact binary systems
  • Computational fluid dynamics and magnetohydrodynamics

Recent Publications

Selected Publications