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Antonsen, Thomas M., Jr.

Antonsen, Thomas M., Jr.

ECE Professor of Electrophysics
Distinguished University Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
A.V. Williams 3339



Thomas M. Antonsen Jr. was born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1950.  He received his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1973, and his Master's and Ph. D. degrees in 1976 and 1977, all from Cornell University.  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.  In 1980 he moved to the University of Maryland where he joined the faculty of the departments of Electrical Engineering and Physics in 1984.  He is currently Professor of Physics and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor of Electrophysics.  Professor Antonsen has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Theoretical Physics (U.C.S.B.), the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Institute de Physique Theorique, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.  He served as the acting director of the Institute for Plasma Research at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 2000.  He was selected as a fellow of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society in 1986 and a fellow of the IEEE in 2011.  In 1999 he was a co-recipient of the Robert L. Woods Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics Technology, and in 2003 he received the IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award.  In 2004 Professor Antonsen was given the Outstanding Faculty Research Award of the Clark School of Engineering.  In 2010 he served as chair of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society.

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



  • University of Maryland Distinguished University Professor (2017)
  • John R. Pierce Award for Excellence in Vacuum Electronics (2016)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2012)
  • Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Research Award (2004)
  • IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award (2003)
  • Robert L. Woods Award for "Excellence in Vacuum Electronics" (1999)
  • American Physical Society Fellow (1986)



  • Theory of magnetically confined plasmas
  • Theory and design of high power sources of coherent radiation
  • Nonlinear dynamics in fluids
  • Theory of the interaction of intense laser pulses and plasmas

ECE Researchers Represented on Three 2020 MURI Awards

These five-year grants will be provided to teams located across 52 U.S. academic institutions, subject to satisfactory research progress and the availability of funds.

UMD Awarded Three Department of Defense MURI Grants

Research teams at UMD receive grants for multidisciplinary research initiatives.

Davis Awarded $4M Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives Contract

The Joint Technology Office will fund Professor Davis's research on laser beam propagation through the turbulent atmosphere over five years.

Fair Showcases Summer Undergraduate Research

Twenty-two top students from across the country demonstrate faculty-advised research projects.

Antonsen, Shneiderman Elected IEEE Fellows

International electronics association cites professors' work in plasmas, human-computer interaction.

Showcase of Undergraduate Summer Research

Clark School student wins Best Overall Project with automatic volume leveler.

Alumnus Named IEEE Outstanding Young Engineer

Honor recognizes work in stealth antennas, counter-IED technologies, electromagnetic weapons.

Fair Showcases Undergrads' Summer Research

Students present their accomplishments after 11-week research program.

Faghih Awarded NSF Graduate Fellowship

Undergraduate one of only 36 U.S. EE students to be awarded funding.

Gligor, Ott Win DoD MURI Awards

Major awards support cross-disciplinary research projects for up to five years.