Physics & Astronomy Colloquium – Spring 2020 – Yang
February 26 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Chao-Chin Yang (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)
Speaker Biography: Dr. Chao-Chin Yang is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the United States. His research is in in theoretical astrophysics, including planet formation and migration, galactic dynamics, the interstellar medium, and computational astrophysics. His studies primarily involves computer simulations, using state-of-the-art high-end computing facilities. He is one of the core developers for the Pencil Code, a high-order finite-difference code for compressible magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) coupled with solid particles.
Currently, his work is focused 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.