Dr Charles Wang

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Department of Physics, University of Aberdeen

331 Meston Building, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3UE


BSc (National Taiwan University), CASM (Cambridge), PhD (Lancaster)

Dr Charles Wang

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Telephone: +44 (0)1224 272802
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272493



Department of Physics, University of Aberdeen

331 Meston Building, King's College, Aberdeen AB24 3UE


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2005 - present: Reader, Departmnet of Physics, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

2009 - present: Honourary Cruickshank Lecturer in Astronomy, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

2008 - 1013: Grampian Regional Organiser, Institute of Physics in Scotland 

1999 - 2004: Lecturer, Department of Physics, Lancaster University, England

1996 - 1999: Research Associate, Department of Physics, Lancaster University, England

1996: PhD in Mathematical Physics, Lancaster University, England

1993 - 1996: Research Student & President of Taiwanese Society, Lancaster University, England

1993: Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics, DAMTP/Magdalene College, Cambridge, England

1991 - 1992: Teaching Assistant in Physics, National Central University, Taiwan

1989 - 1991: Junior Lieutenant Commander, National Military Service in Tank Forces, Taiwan

1989: BSc in Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

1984: First Prize in Physics, Senior High School Section, National Science Exhibition, Taiwan

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Research Interests

Dr Charles Wang is interested in general relativity, quantum gravity, modified gravity, astrophysics and cosmology and pioneered methods of probing quantum gravity phenomenology using atom interferometry. He is also interested in experimental tests of classical and quantum gravity in the lab and in space. In applied and engineering mathematics, he is interested in differential geometry, Clifford algebra, Cosserat theory of rods and nonlinear dynamics. He has been collaborating with industries in microelectronics, defence and oil & gas and is developing applications of precision gravity sensing using quantum techniques.


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CERN Measurement of 44Ti-47V cross section to test core collapse supernovae theory - Collaboration with Edinburgh University and International Team.

GG-TOP: Gravity Gradient Atom Interferometry Project - Collaboration with Birmingham University.

STE-QUEST: ESA M3 mission candidate in fundamental physics - Collaboration with Astrium, Birmingham University, Glasgow University, National Physical Laboratory, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Scottish Sensors Systems Centre, Subsea Gravity Gradiometry Modelling - Collaboration with Fugro and TUE (Systems).


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Research Grants

2012-2016, MoD/Dstl, Gravitationally Smart Underwater Vehicles

2012-2016, SUPA, Astronomy and Space Physics

2012-2014, UKSA, STE-QUEST: Space-Time Explorer and Quantum Equivalence Principle Space Test

2012-2013, BP, Quatum Sensing with Subsea Applications

2011-2015, EPSRC, Technologies and Opportunities Programme - GG-TOP: Gravity Gradient

2011-2014, SFC Scottish Sensors Systems Centre, Subsea Gravity Gradiometry

2011–2014, Sonangol, Quantum Sensing of Gravity

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Teaching Responsibilities

PX2011 An Introduction to Space Science and Remote Sensing

PX2512 Cosmology, Astronomy and Modern Physics

PX4011 Physics Honours Project

PX4513 Advanced Modern Physics

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External Responsibilities

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Assessor

EPSRC Peer Review College Member

International Association of Engineers Board Member

Springer Briefs in Physics Series Editor

STFC Centre for Fundamental Physics Fellow

SUPA Prize Studentship Assessor


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Contributions to Journals


  • Reid, JA. & Wang, CH.-T (2014). 'Conformal holonomy in MacDowell-Mansouri gravity'. Journal of Mathematical Physics, vol 55, no. 3, 032501.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1063/1.4867337
  • Margerin, V., Murphy, ASJ., Davinson, T., Dressler, R., Fallis, J., Kankainen, A., Laird, A., Lotay, G., Mountford, DJ., Murphy, CD., Seiffert, C., Schumann, D., Stowasser, T., Stora, T., Wang, CHT. & Woods, PJ. (2014). 'Study of the 44 Ti(α,p) 47 V reaction and implications for core collapse supernovae'. Physics Letters B, vol 731, pp. 358-361.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2014.03.003
    [Online] AURA: Study_of_the_ti.pdf
  • Santos, MMD., Oniga, T., Mcleman, AS., Caldwell, M. & Wang, CH.-T (2013). 'Towards quantum gravity measurement by cold atoms'. Journal of plasma physics, vol 79, no. 4, pp. 437-442.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0022377813000202
    [Online] AURA: 1301.0494v2.pdf
    [Link] http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.0494
  • Wang, CH.-T, Hodson, AO., St J. Murphy, A., Davies, TB., Mendonca, JT. & Bingham, R. (2013). 'Dynamical trapping and relaxation of scalar gravitational fields'. Physics Letters B, vol 726, no. 4-5, pp. 791-794.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2013.09.002
    [Link] http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.0269
  • Crowley, BJB., Bingham, R., Evans, RG., Gericke, DO., Landen, OL., Murphy, CD., Norreys, PA., Rose, SJ., Tschentscher, T., Wang, CH.-T, Wark, JS. & Gregori, G. (2012). 'Testing quantum mechanics in non-Minkowski space-time with high power lasers and 4th generation light sources'. Scientific Reports, vol 2, 491.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1038/srep00491
    [Online] AURA: srep00491.pdf
  • McLeman, JA., Wang, CH.-T & Bingham, R. (2012). 'Gravitational stability of a cylindrical plasma with an azimuthal and an axial magnetic field'. Astrophysical Journal, vol 756, no. 2, 105.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/756/2/105
    [Online] AURA: 1201.0509v2.pdf
    [Link] http://arxiv.org/abs/1201.0509
  • Davies, TB., Wang, CH.-T, Bingham, R. & Mendonca, JT. (2012). 'Parametric instability in scalar gravitational fields'. Modern Physics Letters A, vol 27, no. 24, 1230023.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1142/S0217732312300236
    [Online] AURA: 1309.4260v1.pdf
    [Link] http://arxiv.org/abs/1309.4260
  • Cao, D., Song, M., Zhu, W., Tucker, R. & Wang, CH. (2012). 'Modeling and analysis of the in-plane vibration of a complex cable-stayed bridge'. Journal of Sound and Vibration, vol 331, no. 26, pp. 5685–5714.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jsv.2012.07.010
  • Wang, CH.-T, Bonifacio, P., Bingham, R. & Mendonca, JT. (2011). 'Parametric instability induced scalar gravitational waves from a model pulsating neutron star'. Physics Letters B, vol 705, no. 1-2, pp. 148-151.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.physletb.2011.09.111
    [Online] AURA: 0905.0706v2.pdf
  • Bonifacio, PM., Wang, CHT., Mendonca, JT. & Bingham, R. (2009). 'Dephasing of a non-relativistic quantum particle due to a conformally fluctuating spacetime'. Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol 26, no. 14, 145013.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0264-9381/26/14/145013
  • Mendonca, JT., Bingham, R. & Wang, CH.-T (2008). 'A new approach to the Sachs-Wolfe effect'. Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol 25, no. 9, 095015.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0264-9381/25/9/095015
  • Reid, JS., Wang, CH.-T & Thompson, JMT. (2008). 'James Clerk Maxwell 150 years on'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, vol 366, no. 1871, pp. 1651-1659.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2007.2196
  • Wang, CH.-T (2008). 'Gauge formulation of general relativity using conformal and spin symmetries'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, vol 366, no. 1871, pp. 1867-1874.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2007.2193
  • Liu, D., Cao, DQ., Rosing, R., Wang, CH.-T & Richardson, A. (2007). 'Finite element formulation of slender structures with shear deformation based on the Cosserat theory'. International Journal of Solids and Structures, vol 44, no. 24, pp. 7785-7802.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2007.05.011
  • Wang, CH.-T (2006). 'New 'phase' of quantum gravity'. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, vol 364, pp. 3375-3388.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2006.1904
  • Wang, CH.-T, Bingham, R. & Mendonca, JT. (2006). 'Quantum gravitational decoherence of matter waves'. Classical and Quantum Gravity, vol 23, no. 18, L59.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0264-9381/23/18/L01
  • Wang, CH.-T, Cao, DQ. & Liu, D. (2005). 'Nonlinear dynamic modelling for MEMS components via the Cosserat rod element approach'. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol 15, no. 6, pp. 1334-1343.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/15/6/027
  • Wang, CH.-T (2005). 'Unambiguous spin-gauge formulation of canonical general relativity with conformorphism invariance'. Physics Review D, vol 72, pp. 08750-1-08750-4.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVD.72.087501
  • Wang, CH.-T (2005). 'Conformal geometrodynamics: True degrees of freedom in a truly canonical structure'. Physics Review D, vol 71, no. 124026, pp. 124026-1-124026-7.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1103/PHYSREVD.71.124026
  • Wang, CH.-T & Gould, T. (2005). 'MEMS beams with defects: a model of non-ideal rods using a Cosserat approach for component level modelling'. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, vol 15, no. 1, pp. 76-80.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/15/1/012

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