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2 PhD positions: Many Body Quantum Simulations in Ultracold Molecules; Nonlinear Dynamics in Spin Waves

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Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO, USA
Two fully funded new PhD positions are available in the Carr Theoretical Physics Research Group (CTPRG) at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) for the Fall of 2010. Prospective students should apply by January 31, 2010 through the CSM admissions website at --> Admissions --> Graduate. Personal contacts with Prof. Lincoln Carr are also welcome (contact information above).

The Department of Physics at CSM has 21 faculty and 69 graduate students. Our main areas of research are condensed matter physics, nuclear and high energy astrophysics, ultrafast optics, renewable energy physics (CSM is a National Science Foundation Focus Center for Renewable Energy), and theoretical and computational physics. There are four national laboratories in the immediate vicinity (NREL, NIST, NCAR, NOAA), two other major research universities (CU Boulder and CSU), and two internationally renowned physics venues (Aspen and Telluride).

The CTPRG presently consists of 1 principal investigator, 1 post-doctoral researcher, 5 PhD students, 5 MS students, and 4 undergraduate researchers. A complete description of the scope of the group, including the career path of past members and a list of publications on the below topics, is available at Following is a brief description of the positions available.

Position 1: Many Body Quantum Simulations and Ultracold Molecules This is an open source code project together with applications to the dynamics of ultracold heteronuclear polar molecules. As molecules have many new degrees of freedom over atoms and are now on the edge of quantum degeneracy, they represent a leading edge of ultracold physics [see recent review paper L. D. Carr, David DeMille, Roman V. Krems, and Jun Ye, "Cold and Ultracold Molecules: Science, Technology, and Applications," New J. Phys. v. 11, p. 055049 (2009)]. In this project a recently invented numerical method based on matrix product states will be developed as part of an international community creating an open source library for quantum simulations. At the same time, we are applying our code to study the entangled quantum dynamics of ultracold molecules in optical lattices. See for the beta version of the open source code, together with numerous examples.

Position 2: Nonlinear Dynamics and Spin Waves in Ferromagnetic Films The main paradigm of physics taught in coursework is conservative systems. Damped driven systems offer an alternative which remains an outstanding issue in both quantum and classical physics. In this project we are studying chaos, fractals, randomness, integrability, solitons, and other key concepts in the nonlinear dynamics of open systems. We work closely with the experimental group of Prof. Mingzhong Wu at nearby CSU (see Our main goal is a deeper exploration of the meaning of chaos and solitons (at first sight irreconcilable) in this system.