Michael G. Raymer received his PhD from the University of Colorado in 1979. After a tenure on the faculty at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, he moved to the University of Oregon in 1988, where he later served as founding Director of the Oregon Center for Optics, now the Center for Optical Molecular and Quantum Science. His research focuses on the quantum mechanics of light and its interaction with atoms and molecules, with applications in nonlinear optics, quantum communications technology, and quantum information. In 1993, his group reported the first instance of experimental quantum-state tomography of light. He has held visiting appointments in Colorado, Germany, and Norway.
He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Optical Society of America. He served on the Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America and as Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters. He has served on the Committee on AMO Science, National Research Council, and on the Executive Committee of the Division of Laser Science, APS. He was a recipient of the University’s 2015 Outstanding Career Award.
He developed a new university course and textbook for nonscience students called The Physics Behind the Internet that covers the physical basis for information technology, at a level suitable for students with little or no physics background. The course teaches, at a conceptual level, the basics of information, communication, atomic physics, semiconductor device physics, and optical physics and technology. In support of this course, he authored a textbook, The Silicon Web: Physics for the Internet Age. The book was published by Taylor and Francis in 2009.