David Eimerl is a Ph.D. physicist with over thirty years experience in lasers and optics, in both government and industry. He is a former chief scientist and program manager of the Laser Science and Technology Program in the ICF program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also has over ten years experience developing semiconductor products and laser products for the Telecom, consumer electronics and wafer processing sectors. He has several years' experience developing commercially successful applications of lasers in medicine, especially laser dermatology. He is a well-known expert in lasers, nonlinear optics and electro-optics. He is also an experienced expert witness patent matters and laser injury matters. Since 2001, he has been the managing director of EIMEX, a company he founded, providing custom scientific computer models and consulting services in laser science, plasma physics, laser injury and patent prosecution.
Dr Eimerl graduated "Summa Cum Laude" from the University of Oxford UK in 1969, with specialties in nuclear physics, solid state physics, and mathematical physics. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1973, in theoretical physics applied to sub-nuclear particle physics. In 1976 he joined the newly-formed ICF program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, until leaving to work in industry in 2001.
At Livermore, Dr. Eimerl worked on a variety of topics in the general area of laser fusion drivers, including glass lasers, advanced lasers such as KrF, and nonlinear optical processes. From 1982 to 1990, he was the group leader of the world-class Frequency Conversion Material and Devices group, which was internationally recognized for developing materials and advanced concepts for optical harmonic generation. Between 1990 and 1995, he was a Program Leader and a Chief Scientist for the Laser Science and Technology Program in the ICF Directorate, with responsibility for development of the science and technology of fusion lasers. He is a co-inventor of StarDriver, a completely new concept for laser-driven commercial thermonuclear energy production.
Dr Eimerl has been an expert witness in patent litigations and laser injury matters in many cases. He is a member the San Francisco chapter of the Forensic Expert Witness Association, an organization dedicated to educating potential experts in their proper role in the legal system. Her served as president and secretary of FEWA in the mid-2000's. He is also a member of PATCA, the professional and technical consultants association, and served on the board for several years in the same time frame.
Dr Eimerl is currently retired from the DoE, but continues to run his consulting business. He is married to Carol and has three children and five grandchildren.