Prof. Lincoln D. Carr

Department of Physics
Colorado School of Mines

fundamental questions

Where does the quantum world meet the classical world?  Does the full richness of classical and biological complexity originate in the very small with the postulates of quantum physics, or do we need a new, yet undiscovered physical principle? 

What kinds of quantum computers can we invent beyond the decoherence-avoiding quantum extension of the classical bit, gate, circuit model?  For example, can we make use of the environment to enhance our calculations, as nature seems to?

How can we teach students to think outside the box?  How can STEM students learn from the humanities to better solve outstanding hard problems like designing a more stable and just political and economic system, affordable renewable energy, or easily accessible and plentiful clean water?

Areas of Study

  • Complexity Sciences
  • Quantum Information Science and Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science
  • Bridging the Sciences and the Humanities
  • Science Policy and Science Diplomacy


323 CoorsTek
1523 Illinois St
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401