Dr. Anzhong Wang

Professor of Physics


  • Ph.D. - Physics, Ioannina University - 1991
  • M.S. - Physics, Northeast Normal University - 1986
  • B.S. - Physics, Shandong Normal University - 1983


Dr. Wang joined the Baylor faculty in August, 2003. Prior to coming to Baylor he taught at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (1996-2003), the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro (1994 - 1996), and the State University of Sao Paulo at Campinas (1992 - 1994). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universities of Crete and Ioannina from 1991 - 1992. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in Physics from Shandong Normal University at Liaocheng (currently Liaocheng University) and M. Sc. degree in theoretical physics from Northeast Normal University, before earning his Ph.D. in theoretical physics at University of Ioannina. He has traveled frequently throughout the world to work with colleagues, in particular Brazil, China, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Wang's research areas currently include the late cosmic acceleration of the universe, the hierarchy and cosmological constant problems, the early universe, the large-scale structure formation, CMB, brane cosmology in string/M theory, the Horava-Lifshitz theory of quantum gravity and its applications to cosmology and astrophysics, black holes, and their formation and thermodynamics.

Research Interests


  • Gravitational Collapse and Critical Phenomena
  • Black Holes and Their Formation in N Dimensions
  • Braneworld Scenarios and Brane Cosmology
  • Physical Interpretations of Solutions to Einstein's Field Equations

Selected Publications

Scalar field perturbations in Horava-Lifshitz cosmology, A. Wang, D. Wands, and R. Maartens, arXiv:0909.5167.

Cosmological perturbations in Horava-Lifshitz theory without detailed balance, A. Wang and R. Maartens, arXiv:0907.1748.

Growth factor parametrization in curved space, Y. Gong, M. Ishak, A. Wang, Phys. Rev. D80, 023002 (2009) [arXiv:0903.0001].

Brane cosmology in the Horava-Witten heterotic M-Theory on $S^{1}/Z_{2}$, Q. Wu, Y. Gong, and A. Wang, JCAP, 06, 015 (2009) [arXiv:0810.5377].

Colliding branes and formation of spacetime singularities in string theory, A. Tziolas, A. Wang, and Z.C. Wu, JHEP, 04, 038 (2009) [arXiv:0812.1377].

The cosmological constant in the brane world of string theory on $S^{1}/Z_{2}$, A. Wang and N.O. Santos, Phys. Lett. B669, 127-132 (2008) [arXiv:0712.3938].

Cosmological constant and late transient acceleration of the universe in the Horava-Witten Heterotic M-Theory on $S^{1}/Z_{2}$, Y.-G. Gong, A. Wang, and Q. Wu, Phys. Lett. B663, 147-151 (2008) [arXiv:0711.1597].

Dark energy and cosmic curvature: Monte-Carlo Markov Chain approach, Y.-G. Gong, Q. Wu, and A. Wang, Astrophys. J. 681, 27-39 (2008) [arXiv:0708.1817].

Friedmann equation and thermodynamics of the apparent horizon, Y. Gong and A. Wang, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 211301 (2007) [arXiv:0704.0793].

Reconstruction of the deceleration parameter and the equation of state of dark energy, Y. Gong and A. Wang, Phys. Rev. D75, 043520 (2007) [arXiv:astro-ph/0612196].

Observational constraints on the acceleration of the Universe, Y.-G. Gong and A. Wang}, Phys. Rev. D73, 083506 (2006) [arXiv:astro-ph/0601453].

Crossing $w=-1$ in Gauss-Bonnet Brane World with Induced Gravity, R.-G. Cai, H.-S. Zhang and A. Wang, Comm. Theor. Phys. 44, 948-954 (2005) [arXiv:hep-th/0505186].

Cosmology with Interaction between Phantom Dark Energy and Dark Matter and the Coincidence Problem, R.-G. Cai, and A. Wang, JCAP, 0503, 002 (2005) [arXiv:hep-th/0411025].

Current Undergraduate Student

Jannie Hoormann

Current Ph.D. Students

Michael Devin
Yongqing Huang

Former Undergraduate Student

Amy Webber, 2006
Ryan Rios, 2006
Pamela Vo, 2008

Former Master Students

Jaime F. da Rocha, the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, 1996
Paulo R. Pereira, the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, 1996
Elon M. de Sa, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1997
Alexandre Yasuda Miguelote, the State University of Rio de Janeiro, 2001
Victor Jose Vasquez Otoya, the State University of Rio de Janeiro, 2004
Lei Zhao, Baylor University, 2006
Rui Wu, Baylor University, 2007
Te (Hart) Ha, Baylor University, 2009

Former Pd.D. Students

Jose A.C. Nogales Vera, the Federal University of Fluminense, 1998
Jaime F. da Rocha, the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, 2000
Paulo R. Pereira, the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, 2001
Carlos Frederico Brandt, the National Observatory, Rio de Janeiro, 2002
Alexandre Yasuda Miguelote, the Federal University of Fluminense, 2007
Andreas Tziolas, Baylor University, 2009
Qiang (Bob) Wu, Baylor University, 2009

Former Postdoctoral Research Assistants

Filipe de Moraes Paiva (Jan. - Dec., 1998), the State University of Rio de Janeiro
Gil de Oliveira Neto (Aug., 1997 - Aug., 1999), the State University of Rio de Janeiro
Jaime F. Villas da Rocha (Apl., 2000 - Dec., 2004), the State University of Rio de Janeiro
Yun-Gui Gong (Oct., 2005 - May 30, 2007), Baylor University


No outer apparent horizons in Einstein's four-dimensional spacetimes with two commuting spacelike Killing vectors

Comment on "Absence of trapped surfaces and singularities in cylindrical collapse"

Topological Charged Black Holes in High Dimensional Spacetimes and Their Formation from Gravitational Collapse of a Type II Fluid,
With Yumei Wu, M.F.A. da Silva and N.O. Santos. To appear in Phys.Rev.D.

Critical Collapse of Cylindrically Symmetric Scalar Field in Four-Dimensional Einstein's Theory of Gravity,
Phys.Rev. D68 (2003) 064006.

Gravitational Collapse of Self-Similar Perfect Fluid in 2+1 Gravity,
With A.Y. Miguelote and N.A. Tomimura.

Collapse of a Scalar Field in 2+1 Gravity,
With Eric W. Hirschmann and Yumei Wu.

Thick de Sitter 3-Branes, Dynamic Black Holes and Localization of Gravity,
Phys.Rev. D66 (2002) 024024.

Critical Phenomena in Gravitational Collapse: The Studies So Far,
Braz.J.Phys. 31 (2001) 188-197.

Dynamics of Rotating Cylindrical Shells in General Relativity,
With P.R.C.T. Pereira. Gen.Rel.Grav. 32 (2000) 2189-2218.

Gravitational Collapse of Cylindrical Shells Made of Counter-Rotating Dust Particles,
With J.F. Villas da Rocha. To appear in Class.Quantum Grav.

Courses Taught

PHY 1408 - Physics for Natural and Behavioral Sciences I
PHY 1V95 - Special Research Problems in Physics
PHY 3372 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 3373 - Introductory Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 5180 - Graduate Physics Colloquium
PHY 5351 - General Relativity
PHY 5370 - Quantum Mechanics I
PHY 5371 - Quantum Mechanics II
PHY 6351 - Cosmology
PHY 5V95 - Graduate Research
PHY 5V99 - Thesis
PHY 6V99 - Dissertation
Honor's College - Honor's Research Projects in Physics
PHY 5370 - Quantum Mechanics I


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