Dr. Christopher A. Rice

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Dr. Christopher A. Rice currently serves as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT).  He earned his B.S. from Cedarville University in Electrical Engineering, his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from AFIT, and his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences and Engineering, also from AFIT.  Dr. Rice is interested in topic areas related to high energy lasers, remote sensing, laser lethality, and optical diagnostics.  His work on specific research topics currently include atmospheric propagation of high energy lasers; diode pumped alkali and rare gas laser gain cell construction; novel laser demonstration; aerosol field measurements; modeling, simulation, & validation of directed energy simulations; pulsed laser ablation of titanium and carbon; and new techniques of turbulence characterization over open paths.


PhD, Optical Science and Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2012

MS, Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 2006

BS, Electrical Engineering, Cedarville University, 2004




  1. Christopher A Rice, Kevin Lapp, Anthony Rapp, Wooddy Miller, and Glen P. Perram, “Rubidium D1 and D2 far wing line shapes induced by rare gases”, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 224, 550-555, Feb 2019
  2. Miller, W. S., Rice, C. A., & Perram, G. P. (2018). Temperature dependence of the helium induced broadening and shift of the Rb D1 and D2 lines. Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 206, 151-156. http://doi.org/10.1016/J.JQSRT.2017.11.001
  3. Fletcher, A., Turner, D., Fairchild, S., Rice, C., & Pitz, G. (2018). ToF-SIMS Characterization of Robust Window Material for Use in Diode Pumped Alkali Lasers. Physica Status Solidi (A), 215(2), 1700728. http://doi.org/10.1002/pssa.201700728
  4. Eshel, B., Rice, C. A., & Perram, G. P. (2018). Saturation spectroscopy of an optically opaque argon plasma. Applied Physics B, 124(2), 33. http://doi.org/10.1007/s00340-017-6869-6
  5. Fiorino, S., Keefer, K., Rice, C., Burley, J. L., & Schmidt, J. E. (2017). Characterizing multispectral vertical profiles of aerosol extinction with surface-based measurements. In Imaging and Applied Optics 2017 (3D, AIO, COSI, IS, MATH, pcAOP) (p. PTu1D.1). http://doi.org/10.1364/PCAOP.2017.PTu1D
  6. Wooddy S, Miller, Christopher A. Rice, Gordon D. Hager, Mathew D. Rotondaro, Hamid Berriche, and Glen P. Perram, High Pressure Line Shapes of the Rb D1 and D2 lines for 4He and 3He collisions,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, 184, 118-134, Nov 2016.
  7. Paul J. Moran, Ryan M. Richards, Christopher A. Rice, and Glen P. Perram, “Mid-infrared Rubidium 6 2P 3/2,1/2 → 6 2S1/2 Laser,” Optics Communications, 374, 51-57, Aug 2016.
  8. Ben Eshel, Christopher A. Rice, and Glen P. Perram, “Pressure broadening and shift rates for Ar (s-p) transitions observed in an Ar-He discharge,” Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 179, 40-50 Aug 2016.
  9. C. A. Rice, K. C. Gross, and G. P. Perram, “Investigation of atmospheric Oxygen X-B using open-path tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy,” Appl. Phys. B, 111(2), 173, Mar. 2013.
  10. C. A. Rice and G. P. Perram, “Atmospheric transmission for cesium DPAL using TDLAS,” in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012.
  11. C. A. Rice, G. E. Lott, and G. P. Perram, “Open-path atmospheric transmission for a diode-pumped cesium laser,” Appl. Opt., 51(34), 8102, Dec. 2012.
  12. S. T. Fiorino, R. J. Bartell, G. P. Perram, D. W. Bunch, L. E. Gravley, C. A. Rice, Z. P. Manning, M. J. Krizo, J. R. Roadmap, and Y. Jumper, “The HELEEOS Atmospheric Effects Package: A Probabilistic Method for Evaluating Uncertainty in Low-Altitude, High-Energy Laser Effectiveness,” J. Dir. Energy, vol. 1, no. 4, 2006.
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