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Christopher Ticknor

Christopher Ticknor

Phone (505) 665-5649


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • High performance computing
  • High Energy Density Plasmas and Fluids
  • High energy density physics (HED)
  • Materials
  • High explosive science
  • Equation of state (EOS)


 Warm Dense Matter. This work explores the properties of extreme states of matter. It combines a quantum theory of electrons (density functional theory) and classical theory of ions to simulate the behavior of WDM. My main interest is the study of mixtures and how multiple types of ions alter the system's properties. This work also covers the study of molecular fluids and their interesting properties.

 Many body theory of dipolar systems. This work explores the collective behavior of ultracold dipolar systems. Primarily, I am seeking to understand how the anisotropic interactions alter the collective behavior.  Quantum theory of atomic and molecular scattering. This work studies the interaction of ultracold atoms and molecules. It has shown how to control their interactions with external magnetic and electric fields.  Such theories are essential to the experimental and theoretical progress.


JILA/University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Ph.D., Physics (Aug. 2005)

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, USA B.S., Physics (May 2001)


Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Australian Postdoctoral Fellow  Jan. 2008 to Dec. 2009

Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Nicholas C. Metropolis Postdoctoral Fellowship  Dec. 2010 to Aug. 2012

Director's Postdoctoral Fellowship  Jan. 2010 to Dec. 2010


LANL Positions

Scientist  2012-present


Professional Societies




For recent work see Google: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=uD80YG8AAAAJ&hl=en

Selected papers:

Transport properties of an asymmetric mixture in the dense plasma regime Christopher Ticknor, Joel D. Kress, Lee A. Collins, Jean Clérouin, Philippe Arnault, and Alain Decoster, Phys. Rev. E 93, 063208 (2016)
Alternative first-principles calculation of entropy for liquids Edmund R. Meyer, Christopher Ticknor, Joel D. Kress, and Lee A. Collins Phys. Rev. E 93, 042119 (2016)
Unified Concept of Effective One Component Plasma for Hot Dense PlasmasJean Clérouin, Philippe Arnault, Christopher Ticknor, Joel D. Kress, and Lee A. Collins, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116, 115003 (2016)
Robust vortex lines, vortex rings, and hopfions in three-dimensional Bose-Einstein condensates R. N. Bisset, Wenlong Wang, C. Ticknor, R. Carretero-González, D. J. Frantzeskakis, L. A. Collins, and P. G. Kevrekidis, Phys. Rev. A 92, 063611 (2015)
Transport properties and equation of state for HCNO mixtures in and beyond the warm dense matter regime Christopher Ticknor, Lee A. Collins, and Joel D. Kress, Phys. Rev. E 92, 023101 (2015)
Number Fluctuations of a Dipolar Condensate: Anisotropy and Slow Approach to the Thermodynamic Regime D. Baillie, R. N. Bisset, C. Ticknor, and P. B. Blakie, Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 265301 (2014) - Published 24 December 2014
First principles nonequilibrium plasma mixing C. Ticknor, S. D. Herring, F. Lambert, L. A. Collins, and J. D. Kress, Phys. Rev. E 89, 013108 (2014)
Anisotropic Superfluidity in a Dipolar Bose Gas Christopher Ticknor, Ryan M. Wilson, and John L. Bohn, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 065301 (2011)
Three Body Recombination of Ultracold Dipoles to Weakly Bound Dimers Christopher Ticknor and Seth T. Rittenhouse Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 013201 (2010) - Published 2 July 2010
Binding energies of Li6 p-wave Feshbach molecules J. Fuchs, C. Ticknor, P. Dyke, G. Veeravalli, E. Kuhnle, W. Rowlands, P. Hannaford, and C. J. Vale, Phys. Rev. A 77, 053616 (2008)

Collisional Control of Ground State Polar Molecules and Universal Dipolar Scattering Christopher Ticknor, Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 133202 (2008)