Lincoln D. Carr received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Ph.D. from the University of Washington. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, a National Science Foundation Distinguished International Fellow, a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, and an Honors Faculty Fellow at the Colorado School of Mines, where he is a Professor of physics. His research brings together complexity theory, quantum physics, condensed-matter physics, atomic, molecular, and optical physics, nonlinear dynamics, computational physics, and applied mathematics, pushing the frontiers of complexity theory in the quantum world. To date he has mentored over 100 students in research and received over 7 million in grant funding and fellowships, as well as being an external collaborator on over 10 million in international grants. He has taught for over 25 years in both the sciences and the humanities on topics ranging from quantum physics to revolution. Other career paths he has explored include ranching, theatre actor, and dishwasher. Besides physics, he enjoys poetry, philosophy, mountain climbing, yoga, and world travel.
- B.A. in physics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. (1990-1994)
- M.S. in physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A. (1996-1998)
- Ph.D. in physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A. (1998-2001)
Selected Honors and Awards
- Dean’s list for excellence in academics. U.C. Berkeley, CA, U.S.A. (1991-1994)
- Weis prize for outstanding theoretical research. Dept. Physics, U. Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. (May 2000)
- Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, U.S.A. (Feb. 2001)
- National Science Foundation Career Grant. National Science Foundation, U.S.A. (Jan. 2006)
- Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. (Jan. 2011)
- Junior Excellence in Research Award. Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A. (April 2011)
- Kavli Fellow. National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A. (Nov. 2011)
- Honors Faculty Fellow. Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A. (Aug. 2013)
- American Physical Society Fellow, U.S.A. (Nov. 2014)
- Dean’s Excellence Award, Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A. (April 2015)
- Payne Institute Faculty Fellow. Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A. (May 2018)
- Senior Excellence in Research Award. Colorado School of Mines, U.S.A. (April 2019)
Summary of Professional Activities
- Employed at five universities and five government laboratories. Visiting researcher or affiliate faculty at five international institutes and seven universities. Taught for over 25 years in physics, math, scientific computation, and the humanities.
- Published 130 articles in refereed journals, 3 edited books, 4 book chapters, 10 invited articles, and 10 technical reports. Total of 13,970 citations, with an h-index of 55, according to Google Scholar.
- Gave 203 invited seminars at conferences, workshops, and universities. Gave 60 additional presentations in seminars and posters.
- Collaborated with over 100 research scientists from 13 countries. Mentored over 100 undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in research, who won 120 awards, fellowships, and honors.
- Awarded over $7.1 million in external grants and fellowships as PI/co-PI, external grant collaborator on > $10 million.
Present Research Interests
General: Complexity theory, Quantum many body physics, Condensed matter theory, Atomic, molecular, and optical theory, Nonlinear dynamics, Artificial materials, Applied mathematics, Computational physics.
Specific/Recent: Quantum complex networks and cellular automata, Matrix product state quantum simulations, Far-from-equilibrium entangled quantum dynamics in open and closed quantum systems, Quantum degenerate ultracold molecules, Exciton transport and quantum coherent FETs, Fractals, chaos, and disorder in spin waves, Solitons and vortices.
Highlights of Scientific Accomplishments
Developed event-by-event data analysis software for high energy heavy ion collisions at CERN.
Produced an exhaustive enumeration of solutions to the nonlinear Schrödinger equation for trapped one-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates.
Developed theory to describe the first observation of a matter-wave bright soliton in the laboratory.
Developed theory that led to the creation of a strongly interacting atomic Fermi superfluid.
Developed the Molecular Hubbard Hamiltonian to describe the quantum many body physics of ultracold polar and symmetric top molecules.
Developed the nonlinear Dirac equation, leading to a new kind of relativistic nonlinear dynamics with novel emergent phenomena.
Developed open source matrix-product state code for entangled quantum many body simulations.
Discovered complex networks in entangled quantum states.
Selected Academic and Professional Positions
Research Assistant II. PhD advisors: Profs. Kutz (Applied Mathematics), Reinhardt (Chair, Physics and Chemistry) and Thouless (Physics). Dept. of Physics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A. (1999-2001)
NSF Distinguished International Fellow. Advisor: Dr. Yvan Castin. Department of Physics, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France. (2001-2004)
NIST Associate. Sponsor: Dr. Charles W. Clark. Joint Quantum Institute, NIST, Maryland, U.S.A. (2002 – Present).
Visiting Researcher. Sponsor: Dr. (now Prof.) Joachim Brand. Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany. (Winter 2003)
Professional Research Associate. Advisor: Prof. Murray J. Holland. JILA, NIST and University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, U.S.A. (2003-2005)
Visiting Member. Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, U.S.A. (Spring 2004, Fall 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2019)
Visiting Member. Sponsors: Prof. Gora Shlyapnikov. Institut Henri Poincaré, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France. (Summer 2007)
Visiting Lecturer and Researcher. Sponsor: Prof. Dr. Markus K. Oberthaler. Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany. (Spring 2009)
Humboldt Fellow. Sponsors: Prof. Dr. Matthias Weidemueller, Prof. Dr. Markus K. Oberthaler, and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schollwöck. Physics Institute, University of Heidelberg, Germany. (2011 – 2014)
Affiliate Faculty. Sponsor: Prof. Mingzhong Wu. Colorado State University, Ft. Collins. (2015 – Present)
Visiting Researcher. Sponsor: Prof. Richard Scalettar. University of California, Davis. (2018 – Present)
Professor. Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO, U.S.A. (Professor, Apr. 2013 – Present; Associate Professor, March 2009 – Apr. 2013; Assistant Professor, Aug. 2005 – March 2009)