Daniel Carney

"We have to remember that what we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning." -Heisenberg

Research

I am a nomadic theoretical physicist (my formal job title is "postdoc"). I am jointly affiliated to and split my time between

I have broad interests in the intersection of quantum information science and fundamental physics. I am particularly interested in using theoretical ideas and experimental techniques developed for quantum information applications to learn about high energy physics and quantum gravity. Central lines of work and some relevant papers:

My full list of papers (plus one from my undergraduate days)

Recent/upcoming talks

5/19: APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics annual meeting, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Gravitational direct detection of dark matter with quantum non-demolition measurements

5/19: University of Chicago experimental high energy lunch, Chicago.
Tabletop experiments for quantum gravity

4/19: Purdue high energy seminar, West Lafayette.
Quantum sensor arrays for dark matter detection

4/19: APS April Meeting, Denver.
Tabletop experiments for quantum gravity
(Invited talk in topical session on quantum gravity)

3/19: University of Chicago high energy theory seminar, Chicago.
Quantum sensor arrays for dark matter detection

1/19: TRIUMF theory seminar, Vancouver, Canada.
Lab-scale experiments for quantum gravity and gravitational dark matter detection

1/19: University of British Columbia string theory seminar, Vancouver, Canada.
Lab-scale experiments for quantum gravity and gravitational dark matter detection

1/19: Simon Fraser University workshop "Testing Gravity 2019", Vancouver, Canada.
Tabletop experiments for quantum gravity

10/18: Dartmouth University, Hanover.
Tabletop experiments for quantum gravity

8/18: Los Alamos National Lab Quantum Lunch, Los Alamos.
Tabletop experiments for quantum gravity

8/18: Benasque Workshop "Gravity in the Quantum Lab", Benasque, Spain.
Massive non-classical states and the observation of quantum gravity

7/18: Santa Fe Summer Workshop in Particle Physics, Santa Fe.
Massive non-classical states and the observation of quantum gravity

6/18: Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto.
Massive non-classical states and the observation of quantum gravity

6/18: Perimeter Institute Quantum Discussions, Waterloo.
Soft photons, gravitons, and their information content [video recording]

5/18: Northwestern University Center for Fundamental Physics on Tabletops, Chicago.
Low-energy quantum gravity in mechanical systems: a user's guide

5/18: Fermilab Theory Seminar, Chicago.
Soft photons, gravitons, and their information content

4/18: Johns Hopkins University High Energy/Cosmology Seminar, Baltimore.
Soft photons, gravitons, and their information content

History

2014-2017: Postdoctoral research fellow, Pacific Institute of Theoretical Physics @ University of British Columbia. (Supervisors: Philip Stamp, Bill Unruh).

2007-2014: PhD Physics, Weinberg Theory Group @ University of Texas at Austin. (Supervisors: Willy Fischler, Sonia Paban).

2003-2007: BS Physics, BA Math, University of Cincinnati.

Teaching

I have a strong interest in teaching using methods supported by modern education research. In particular, I have been heavily involved with a number of inquiry-based learning projects (notably the UTeach program). I directly incorporate my research interests in teaching activities. Two good examples:

Contact

Email: carney@umd.edu

Mailing address: 3105 Atlantic Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2420