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A productive laser physicist with over 35 years experience in laser physics and nonlinear optics. A self-starting problem solver who works creatively with others in challenging environments (including seven years red-blue team participation). An Expert Witness.

"Method and Apparatus for Compression of Optical Laser Pulses," P. L. Kelley, R. A. Fisher, and T. K. Gustafson, U.S. Patent #3,720,884 (1973).

1983 -> present Owner, R. A. Fisher Associates, Santa Fe, NM

Consult on optical phase conjugation, nonlinear optics and laser technology, provide venture capital advisement, and present On-Site technical courses.

Clients include:
Sandia Laboratories RDA
System Planning Corp JPL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Kirtland Air Force Base
Eastman Kodak Rocketdyne
Aerospace Corporation NASA Langley
NASA Goddard US Army Night Vision Laboratory
Beckman Instruments US Army Missile Command
White Sands Missile Range Brooks Air Force Base


  • Spectroscopy of Laser Pulses
  • Principles of Optical Phase Conjugation
  • An Introduction to Nonlinear Optics
  • Beginning and Intermediate Topics in Polarized Light
  • Real and Imaginary Numbers and their applicability to Lightwave Propagation Problems



    1974 -> 1986 Physicist, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
    Inventor of numerous phase conjugators, phase conjugation techniques, and discoverer of other nonlinear optical effects.

    1971 -> 1974 Physicist, Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, Livermore, CA
    Co-discoverer of split-step numerical technique, first predictions of pulse squaring, extralinear chirping, dispersive shock instabilities.

    Prior to 1974: Instructor at Department of Applied Sciences, UC Davis; Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant UC Berkeley; Researcher at: Granger Associates, at Stanford Genetics Department, and at Lockheed.


    Optical Society of America (Fellow), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (Senior Member), SPIE International Society for Optical Engineering (Fellow).  Member of the Board Of Directors of SPIE (2002 - 2004)

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    Approximately 65 refereed publications in the field of nonlinear optics with a recent emphasis on optical phase conjugation.

    Presented 146 talks, 55 of which were invited talks.

    Editor of Academic Press book: OPTICAL PHASE CONJUGATION (1983).

    Editor of SPIE books:

    Served on program committees for several conferences, Associate Editor of two journals, Chair of several conferences, and Red-Blue panels, etc.