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Eric D. Chisolm

Eric Chisolm

Phone (505) 665-5020


  • Information Science and Technology
  • Decoherence
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics
  • Materials
  • High pressure
  • High temperature
  • Thermodynamic
  • Statistical mechanics properties of materials
  • Equation of state (EOS)
  • Shock physics
  • Condensed matter theory
  • Weapons Science and Engineering
  • Multi-phase equation-of-state (EOS) models
  • Shock physics



Ph.D Physics, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998


LANL Positions

Scientist, Theoretical Division, Oct 2001 - present

Postdoc, Theoretical Division, Jun 1999 - Oct 2001


Professional Societies

Topical Group on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter, American Physical Society

  • Executive Committee, Jan 2014 - present
  • Newsletter Editorial Board, Dec 2012 - present


Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Under Secretary of Energy for Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation, 2013

Defense Programs Award of Excellence, 2012, 2013

Distinguished Performance Award, 2007



E. Chisolm, "A multiphase equation of state for cerium (IV) oxide," Journal of Physics: Conference Series 500, 032004 (2014). C. Benmore, H. Sheng, E. Chisolm, M. Guthrie, M. Lipp, C. Park, and C. Tulk, "Liquids and Amorphous Materials," Section II.6 of Advances in Matter Under Extreme Conditions: HPCAT Workshop Report (High Pressure Collaborative Access Team, Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 2012). N. Bock, E. Holmstrom, T. B. Peery, R. Lizarraga, E. D. Chisolm, G. De Lorenzi-Venneri, and D. C. Wallace, "Liquid-state properties from first-principles density functional theory calculations: Static properties,'' Phys. Rev. B 82, 144101 (2010). E. Holmstrom, N. Bock, T. Peery, E. Chisolm, G. De Lorenzi-Venneri, and D. Wallace, "Structure discovery for metallic glasses using stochastic quenching,'' Phys. Rev. B 82, 024203 (2010). D. C. Wallace, E. D. Chisolm, N. Bock, and G. De Lorenzi-Venneri, "Statistical mechanics model for the transit free energy of monatomic liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 81, 041201 (2010). E. Chisolm, "Decohering histories and open quantum systems,'' Journal of Physics: Conference Series 196, 012025 (2009). E. D. Chisolm, S. D. Crockett, and M. S. Shaw, "Shock Hugoniots of molecular liquids and the principle of corresponding states,'' AIP Conference Proceedings 1195, ed. M. L. Elert, W. T. Butler, M. D. Furnish, W. W. Anderson, and W. G. Proud, pp. 556-559 (2009). E. Holmstrom, N. Bock, Travis B. Peery, R. Lizarraga, G. De Lorenzi-Venneri, Eric D. Chisolm, and Duane C. Wallace, "Ab initio method for locating characteristic potential-energy minima of liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 80, 051111 (2009). T. F. Jordan and E. D. Chisolm, "Probability sum rules and consistent quantum histories,'' Phys. Lett. A 373, 3016 (2009). D. C. Wallace, E. D. Chisolm, and N. Bock, "Improved model for the transit entropy of monatomic liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 79, 051201 (2009). G. De Lorenzi-Venneri, E. D. Chisolm, and D. C. Wallace, "Vibration-transit theory of self-dynamic response in a monatomic liquid,'' Phys. Rev. E 78, 041205 (2008). E. Chisolm and D. Wallace, "Estimating the viscosity coefficient of liquid metals from vibration-transit theory," AIP Conference Proceedings 845, ed. M. D. Furnish, M. Elert, T. P. Russell, and C. T. White, pp. 53-56 (2006). E. Chisolm and D. Wallace, "Theoretical estimates of the logarithmic phonon spectral moment for monatomic liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 69, 031204 (2004). S. Crockett, E. Chisolm, and D. Wallace, "A comparison of theory and experiment of bulk sound velocities in Aluminum using a two-phase EOS,'' AIP Conference Proceedings 706, ed. M. D. Furnish, Y. M. Gupta, and J. W. Forbes, pp. 45-48 (2004).   E. Chisolm, S. Crockett, and D. Wallace, "Variation of thermal and cold curve contributions to thermodynamic functions along the Hugoniot,'' AIP Conference Proceedings 706, ed. M. D. Furnish, Y. M. Gupta, and J. W. Forbes, pp. 41-44 (2004).   E. Chisolm, S. Crockett, and D. Wallace, "Test of a theoretical equation of state for elemental solids and liquids,'' Phys. Rev. B 68, 104103 (2003). E. Chisolm and D. Wallace, "Dynamics of monatomic liquids,'' J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 13, R739 (2001). D. Wallace, E. Chisolm, and B. Clements, "Observation of single transits in supercooled monatomic liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 64, 011205 (2001). E. Chisolm, B. Clements, and D. Wallace, "Mean-atom-trajectory model for the velocity autocorrelation function of monatomic liquids,'' Phys. Rev. E 63, 031204 (2001); Phys. Rev. E 64, 019902 (2001). E. Chisolm, "Generalizing the Heisenberg uncertainty relation,'' Am. J. Phys. 69, 368-371 (2001). L. J. Boya, E. Chisolm, S. M. Mahajan, and E. C. G. Sudarshan, "Exotic Representations of the Isotropic Harmonic Oscillator,'' Intl. J. Mod. Phys. A 13, 3347-3360 (1998). E. Chisolm, E. C. G. Sudarshan, and T. F. Jordan, "Weak Decoherence and Quantum Trajectory Graphs,'' Intl. J. Theor. Phys. 35, 485-493 (1996).