Faculty & Staff

Richard Martin



Office Address: Moulton 314
Office Phone: (309) 438-.3427
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Web site: http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~rfm


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Teaching Interests:
Dr. Martin is one of the architects of the department's computational physics program and has developed modules, courses, and the Computer Physics degree program. He is currently working on guided Mathematica notebooks for use with upper division physics courses.
Research Interests:
Dr. Martin's research specialty is computational space plasma physics and nonlinear dynamics. He is currently involved in modeling the earth's magnetosphere and investigating charged particle dynamics in the geomagnetic tail and magnetopause regions. Dr. Martin is co-director of the Space Physics Research and Instruction group, a research group involved in space physics research and physics education.
Ph.D. 1983 University of Illinois


Selected Publications:
  • D. L. Holland, M. E. Presley*, R. F. Martin, H. Matsuoka, "The uncertainty dimension and fractal boundaries for charged particle dynamics in the magnetotail", J. Geophys. Res., 116, A08207, 2011.
  • Martin, R. F., Jr., "Computational Physics Education: Coming of Age?", Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Computational and Mathematical Methods in Science and Engineering, Bruce Wade, ed., (Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 2007), ISBN 978-84-690-6887-8, 279-288, 2007.
  • Martin, R. F., Jr., "The Computer Physics Bachelor's Degree Program at Illinois State University", Computing in Science and Engineering Web Extras (http://csdl2.computer.org/persagen/DLAbsToc.jsp?resourcePath=/dl/mags/cs/&toc=comp/mags/cs/2006/05/c5toc.xml), Vol. 8, No. 5, September-October 2006.
  • Martin, R. F., Jr., D. Delcourt, D. L. Holland, and M. J. Asbury*,"Magnetotail particle distributions associated with pitch angle isotropization", Journal of Atmospheric and Solar Terrestrial Physics, 62, 513-519, 2000.
  • Delcourt, D.C. and R.F. Martin, Jr., "Pitch angle scattering near energy resonances in the geomagnetic tail", J. Geophys. Res., 104 , 383, 1999.