Chris M. Ray


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School of Science » Physics and Astronomy
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Galileo Hall - 103C

Phone: (925) 631-4759
Mail: PMB 4237, Moraga, CA  94575


  • Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Davis, December 1994
    Advisor: Ling-Lie Chau; Dissertation: A Small Piece of a Large System
  • B.S. Physics & Mathematics, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, May 1987

Professional Experience

Teaching Experience:

  • Professor - Saint Mary's College (2007 - Present)
  • Director of 3+2 Engineering Program - Saint Mary's College (2000 - Present)
  • Associate Professor - Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA (2000 - 2007)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College, Moraga, CA (1996 - 2000)
  • Lecturer - University of California, Davis (1995 - 1996)
  • Instructional Lab Supervisor - University of California, Davis (1995 - 1996)
    Set objectives for labs, prepared and supervised TAs , rewrote lab manuals
  • Lecturer - Sonoma State University (1988 - 1995)

Research Experience:

  • Post-Graduate Researcher - University of California, Davis (1995)
    Development of experimental data analysis program
  • Graduate Research Assistant - Los Alamos National Laboratory, Center for Nonlinear Studies (1990 - 1994)
    Simulation of retarded potentials; Quantization of constrained systems; Simulation of the reduced density matrix time evolution into a decoherent state; Simulation of decoherence with a finite environment; Investigated relaxation of nonlinear systems in nonequilibrium environments
  • Research Assistant - University of California, Davis (1989 - 1994)
    Development of semiconductor pixel detectors; Consistent histories approach to self consistent quantum theory; Feynman-Vernon decoherence functionals; Coherent state path integrals

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Computational Physics
  • Greek Thought
  • Introductory Physics
  • Photonics
  • Quantum Mechanics


Selected Presentations

  • Cause of peak in the delay-doppler map. Ray, Chris (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Starlab Barcelona space based earth observation group
    (December 2007)
  • The Advantages of Not Doing Examples. Ray, Chris
    Spring Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Stanford University, Stanford CA
    (March 2000)
  • Student Directed Inquiry. Ray, Chris
    Fall Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Sacramento State University, Sacramento CA
    (November 1998)
  • Making Lab Practicals Practical. Ray, Chris
    Fall Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa CA
    (October 1997)
  • Verifying the Conservation of Mechanical Energy with the aid of Computer Data Acquisition. Ray, Chris
    Spring Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers , Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA
    (May 1997)


  • Ray, C, Ruffini, G, Marco-Pallares, J, Fuentemilla, L and Grau, C. 2007. Complex networks in brain electrical activity, Europhysics Letters, vol. 79, pg.38004, Institute of Physics
  • Millonas, Mark and Ray, Chris. 1995. Relaxation Kinetics of Nonlinear Systems Coupled to a Nonequilibrium Bath, Phys Rev Lett, vol. 75, pg.1110