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Walter E. Lawrence

Professor of Physics and Astronomy


  • Cornell University: Ph.D., Physics 1970
  • Carnegie-Mellon: B.S., Physics 1964


  • 2011-present, Professor Emeritus, Dartmouth College
  • 2010-present, Visiting Scholar, University of Chicago
  • 1986-2011, Professor, Dartmouth College
  • 1977-1986, Associate Professor, Dartmouth College
  • 1971-1977, Assistant Professor, Dartmouth College
  • 1969-1971, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Stanford University

Visiting Positions

  • 2000: Visiting Scientist, University of Vienna
  • 1993: Visiting Professor, University of Lausanne
  • 1992: Visiting Professor, University of Lausanne
  • 1991-92: Visiting Professor, Ohio State University
  • 1985: Visiting Scientist, Michigan Technological University
  • 1984: Visiting Associate Professor, Oklahoma University
  • 1982: Visiting Scientist, University of Karlsruhe
  • 1979: Visiting Scientist, NORDITA, Copenhagen
  • 1977: Visiting Associate Professor, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • 1976: Dartmouth Junior Faculty Fellowship
  • 1976: Visiting Scientist, NORDITA, Copenhagen

Contact Information

Research Interests

Theoretical condensed matter and quantum information science: Correlated electrons and phonons, operator bases for quantum tomography, decoherence and quantum measurement.

Selected Recent Publications

Entanglement Patterns in Mutually Unbiased Basis Sets, Phys. Rev. A 84, 022338 (2011).
Compressional Mode Softening and Euler Buckling Patterns in Mesoscopic Beams, W.E. Lawrence, M.N. Wybourne, and S.M. Carr, New Journal of Physics 8, 223 (2006).
Buckling Cascade of Free-Standing Mesoscopic Beams, S.M. Carr, W.E. Lawrence, and M.N. Wybourne, Europhys. Lett. 69, 952 (2005).
Mutually Unbiased Bases and Trinary Operator Sets for N Qutrits, Jay Lawrence, Phys. Rev. A 70, 012302 (2004).
Persistence of Exponential Decay for Metastable Quantum States at Long Times, R. E. Parrott and J. Lawrence, Europhys. Lett. 57, 632 (2002).
Nonexponential Decay at Late Times and a Different Zeno Paradox, Jay Lawrence, J. Opt. B 4, S446 (2002).
Mutually Unbiased Binary Observable Sets on N Qubits, Jay Lawrence, Caslav Brukner, and Anton Zeilinger, Phys. Rev. A 65, 032320 (2002).
Accessibility of Quantum Effects in Mesomechanical Systems, with S. M. Carr and M. N. Wybourne, Phys. Rev. B 64, 220101-1 (2001).

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