Research Interests

I work at the interface of gravitational physics, astrophysics, and cosmology. My research is primarily focused on understanding strong field gravity, using the tools of numerical relativity.

Recent Publications

  • H. Yang, W. E. East, V. Paschalidis, F. Pretorius, and R. F. P. Mendes "Evolution of highly eccentric binary neutron stars including tidal effects" Phys. Rev. D 98, 044007 (2018) arXiv: 1806.00158
  • W. E. East and H. Yang "The magnetosphere of a spinning black hole and the role of the current sheet" Phys. Rev. D 98, 023008 (2018) arXiv: 1805.05952
  • H. Yang, W. E. East, and L. Lehner "Can we distinguish low mass black holes in neutron star binaries?" Astrophys. J. Vol 856, 110, (2018) arXiv: 1710.05891
  • W. E. East, R. Wojtak, and T. Abel "Comparing fully general relativistic and Newtonian calculations of structure formation" Phys. Rev. D 97, 043509 (2018) arXiv: 1711.06681
  • W. E. East and F. Pretorius "Superradiant Instability and Backreaction of Massive Vector Fields around Kerr Black Holes", Phys. Rev. Lett. 119, 041101 (2017) arXiv: 1704.04791
  • W. E. East, J. Kearney, B. Shakya, H. Yoo, K. M. Zurek "Spacetime dynamics of a Higgs vacuum instability during inflation", Phys. Rev. D 95, 023526 (2017) arXiv: 1607.00381
  • W. E. East "Superradiant instability of massive vector fields around spinning black holes in the relativistic regime", Phys. Rev. D 96, 024004 (2017) arXiv: 1705.01544
  • W. E. East, V. Paschalidis, and F. Pretorius "Equation of state effects and one-arm spiral instability in hypermassive neutron stars formed in eccentric neutron star mergers", Class. Quantum Grav. 33 no. 24, 244004 (2016) arXiv: 1609.00725
  • W. E. East "Massive boson superradiant instability of black holes: nonlinear growth, saturation, and gravitational radiation" arXiv: 1807.00043
  • F. Pretorius and W. E. East "Black hole formation from the collision of plane-fronted gravitational waves" arXiv: 1807.11562