Martin Reiser received his doctorate in physics in 1960 from the Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz in Germany with experimental studies on the design of the sector-focusing cyclotron for the Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Center. From 1961 to 1964 he was Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of Michigan State University and co-designer of the MSU cyclotron. In 1965, he joined the University of Maryland as Associate Professor, with a joint appointment in the Electrical Engineering Department and the Department of Physics, and he has been a Full Professor there since 1970. He founded the Charged Particle Beam Research Group and was co-founder of the University of Maryland's Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics (IREAP), established in 1979 (with a different name then).
Martin Reiser's experimental and theoretical research is in the area of charged particle beam physics and accelerator design. His research work and interests range from cyclotrons and collective accelerators (in the sixties and seventies) to advanced accelerator applications (in the years since 1975) in high-energy physics, the energy field (e.g., heavy ion inertial fusion), material science, and in other areas. A major focus of the research with his graduate students and collaborators in Europe and the USA is the physics of space charge dominated beams and sources of beam quality deterioration due to mismatch, lack of thermal equilibrium, nonlinear forces, instabilites, dispersion, and other effects. The experiments are performed with low-energy electron beams, and the results, which are scalable to ion accelerators and transport systems, are used to check theory and particle simulation codes. The current major new project is the University of Maryland Electron Ring (UMER), conceived by Martin Reiser about 10 years ago. It permits the study of beams ranging from space charge dominated to temperature dominated conditions and was commissioned in May 2005.
Professor Reiser is author or co-author of more than 300 research papers, co-editor of two books, and the author of the book Theory and Design of Charged Particle Beams published in 1994 (Wiley and Sons), with second printing in 1996 (see errata) and third printing scheduled for 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and of the IEEE, recipient of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior U.S. Scientist Award, 1992, and of the 2003 U.S. Particle Accelerator School Prize for Achievements in Accelerator Physics and Technology. He has served on numerous national and international committees and was Chair of the Executive Committee of the APS Division of Physics of Beams (DPB), from May 1997 to April 1998. From May 1998 to May 2000 he has been President of the Washington DC Chapter of the Alexander von Humboldt Association of America.