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Thomas M. Antonsen, Jr.

Antonsen, Thomas M., Jr.

Distinguished University Professor (2017)
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
3339 A.V. Williams Building

Research Interests: 

Professor Antonsen's research interests include the theory of magnetically confined plasmas, the theory and design of high power sources of coherent radiation, nonlinear dynamics in fluids, and the theory of the interaction of intense laser pulses and plasmas.


Professor Antonsen joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in 1984.  He currently holds a joint academic appointment as professor of physics and professor of computer and electrical engineering.  His research is in the Institute of Research for Electronics and Applied Physics. Professor Antonsen has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (UCSB), the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Institute de Physique Theorique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.


Professor Antonsen graduated from Cornell University where he received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering in 1973 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1976 and 1977, respectively.  He was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1976-1977 and a research scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT from 1977 to 1980.

Selected Publications: 

Professor Antonsen is the author or co-author of over 400 journal articles and co-author of the book "Principles of Free-Electron Lasers."   He has served on the editorial board of Physical Review Letters, the Physics of Fluids, and Comments on Plasma Physics.

Honors and Awards: 

Professor Antonsen's awards include the Robert L. Woods Award for "Excellence in Vacuum Electronics" (1999), the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award (2003), the Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2004), the ECE Professor of Electrophysics (2013), the 2016 John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics, and the University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor (2017)..

Professional Memberships: 

He was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society, Division of Plasma Physics, in 1986 and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2012.

Recent Publications