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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
3339 A.V. Williams


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1977
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1976
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Cornell University, 1973


Thomas M. Antonsen Jr. was born in Hackensack, New Jersey in 1950.  He graduated from Cornell University where he received his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1973, and his Master'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.  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, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and 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 (currently the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics) at the University of Maryland from 1998 to 2000.


  • 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)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (1986)

Orcid: 0000-0002-2362-2430, Google Scholar

  • 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

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.

ECE Names 2019-2020 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Das, Demertziz, Nguyen, and Zou have been selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2019-20.

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.

ECE Names 2018-2019 Distinguished Dissertation Fellows

Three electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. students were selected as ECE Distinguished Dissertation Fellows for 2018-19.

Tom Antonsen Named Distinguished University Professor

Tom Antonsen Named Distinguished University Professor

Alumnus Ahmadi Wins Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship

Ahmadi is one of only 126 individuals in the US to win an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.

UMD Prof T.M. Antonsen Jr. Recognized by IEEE for Contributions to Vacuum Electronics

The IEEE EDS recognizes Antonsen for his "contributions to the theory of charged particle beam generation and the development of computational design tools for fast and slow wave devices.”

Professor Antonsen Appointed to ECE Professorship

Professor Antonsen unanimously appointed to Electrophysics Professorship.

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.

MERIT-BIEN and TREND Fair Showcases Undergraduate Research

More than 20 undergraduate students participate in research projects sponsored by ECE and IREAP.

Antonsen, Shneiderman Elected IEEE Fellows

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

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

American Physical Society (APS)