Lincoln Carr
Professor, Department of Physics

Lincoln CarrI have a broad range of theoretical interests covering many disciplines, using an even balance of analytical and numerical methods, and often work closely with experimentalists. Subjects I have worked on include entangled quantum dynamics, quantum phase transitions, and ultracold quantum gases; artificial lattice systems, from optical lattices to graphene to millimeter waves; solitons, vortices, chaos, fractals, and other nonlinear phenomena in nonlinear Schrodinger and nonlinear Dirac equations as realized in Bose-Einstein condensates, spin waves in ferromagnetic films, and optics; the quark-gluon plasma at CERN and RHIC; and a variety of topics in mathematical physics and the physics of complex systems. I am honored to mentor an intense, active, diverse research group averaging 15 persons and including undergraduates, MS and PhD graduate students, and post-docs.


Labs and Research Centers


Research Interests

  • Quantum physics
  • Complexity theory
  • Theoretical condensed matter physics
  • Theoretical atomic, molecular, and optical physics
  • Computational and mathematical physics
  • Nonlinear dynamics


  • PhD, University of Washington
  • MS, University of Washington
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished International Fellow of the National Science Foundation
  • National Science Foundation Career Award
  • Colorado School of Mines Research Excellence Award
  • Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Alexander von Humboldt Fellow
  • Colorado School of Mines McBride Honors Faculty Fellow
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society