Lincoln began his career conducting research at Fermilab, America's preeminent particle physics laboratory, and home of the Fermilab Tevatron, once the world's most powerful particle accelerator.
After doing his Ph.D. research by scattering the world's highest energy photon beam, he moved to working on DZero, which was one of the two big experiments at the Fermilab Tevatron. It was there that he and his colleagues discovered the top quark, the heaviest subatomic particle discovered so far.
Lincoln is now a senior scientist at Fermilab. In 2008, he joined the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment, one of two large experiments using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland. The CMS collaboration involves 3,000 scientists from across the world. The detector is five stories high and weighs 14,000 tons. It is essentially a 100 megapixel camera, capable of taking 40 million photographs per second. The CMS collaboration co-discovered the Higgs boson, the final missing element of the Standard Model of particle physics.
Lincoln has co-authored over 1,000 scientific papers on a broad variety of topics, including supersymmetry, extra dimensions, searches for dark matter made in the laboratory, and a series of measurements that constantly test and probe known new phenomena for unexpected surprises. His expertise is the study of Quantum Chromodynamics and searches for new physics. His recent physics interest is the search for particles that are smaller than the quarks and leptons that are are the smallest and most fundamental particles currently known.