Dr. Robert A. Fisher is Manager and Senior Laser Physicist with R A Fisher Associates, LLC. Dr. Fisher received his Ph.D., M.A., and B.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Starting in 1971, he worked in the Laser Fusion Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and he taught graduate courses in nonlinear optics and solid state physics at the University of California, Davis. He also supervised the work of graduate students. Joining Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1974, he was affiliated with the laser fusion and laser isotope separation programs. He was a member of seven Red-Blue government panels, and he teaches numerous professional advancement courses. He formed RA Fisher Associates in 1983 to serve a growing number of consulting and teaching requests.
His expertise includes: nonlinear optics, laser technology, carbon dioxide lasers, molecular spectroscopy, x-ray lasers, optical phase conjugation, and modern optics. He has authored over 60 publications. He is the Editor of the book "Optical Phase Conjugation," and he chaired six SPIE Conferences on Nonlinear Optics. He is editor of four SPIE books: Phase Conjugation, Beam Combining, and Diagnostics, SPIE (1987); Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation, Beam Combining, and Atmospheric Propagation, SPIE (1988); Nonlinear Optical Beam Manipulation and High Energy Beam Propagation Through the Atmosphere, SPIE (1989); Nonlinear Optics, SPIE (1990). He served on the Program Committee of the 1982 International Quantum Electronics Conference and the Program Committee of the 1981 Optical Society of America Meeting. He served on the Program committee for the 1981 Gordon Conference for Nonlinear Optics. He was Associate Editor for the journal "Applied Optics," and and for the journal "Optics Letters." For the Journal of the Optical Society of America ("OSA) he was guest Editor of a special issue on Optical Phase Conjugation, and he was a member of the Special Advisory Committee to the Provost, University of New Mexico. He served for three years as a member of the Board of Directors of SPIE, and for three years as Topical Editor of the journal “Optics Letters.” He served on the board of Directors for SPIE (2002-2004). He serves the legal community as an Expert Witness. He served on the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Nonlinear Optics Subcommittee for the CLEO Conference, and in 2006 and 2007 served as the Chairman of that Subcommittee. He served on the OSA's Excellence in Engineering award Committee for 2002 and 2003, and as Chair of that Committee in 2004. He served 2002-2004 on SPIE's Scholarship Committee, and in 2005 on SPIE's Education Committee. He is the 2010 Program Chair for the CLEO Conference, and the 2012 General Chair for the CLEO Conference.
Dr. Fisher is a Fellow of the Optical
Society of America, a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a fellow of SPIE.
For further information, his biography appears in Who's Who in America.