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Evans, Charles R.


Office: 284 Phillips Hall
Phone: (919) 962-2171
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  • Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1999-present
  • Associate Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2012-present
  • Associate Professor, UNC-CH, 1994-1999
  • Assistant Professor, UNC-CH, 1989-1994
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1986-1989
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois, 1984-1986


  • University of Texas, Ph.D. Physics, 1984
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. Physics and Mathematics, 1976

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Teaching Award for Post-Baccalaureate Instruction, 2014
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1991
  • Presidential Young Investigator, 1990
  • Phillip and Ruth Hettlemen Prize, 1994
  • Associated Western Universities Graduate Fellow, 1981


  • Link to personal webpage

  • Gravitational physics
  • Binary black holes
  • Numerical relativity
  • Theoretical astrophysics
  • Computational physics
  • Publications

    • Cheng, R.M. and Evans, C.R., Relativistic effects in the tidal interaction between a white dwarf and a massive black hole in Fermi normal coordinates, 2013, Phys. Rev. D87, 104010, arXiv:1303.4129v1 [gr-qc]

    • Hopper, S. and Evans, C.R., Metric perturbations from eccentric orbits on a Schwarzschild black hole: I. Odd-parity Regge-Wheeler to Lorenz gauge transformations and two new methods to circumvent the Gibbs phenomenon, 2013, Phys. Rev. D87, 064008, arXiv:1210.7969v1 [gr-qc].

    • Hopper, S. and Evans, C.R., Gravitational perturbations and metric reconstruction: Method of extended homogeneous solutions applied to eccentric orbits on a Schwarzschild black hole, 2010, Phys. Rev. D82, 084010, arXiv:1006.4907v2 [gr-qc].