• MacKay, R. S. and J.D. Meiss, Eds. (1987). Hamiltonian Dynamical Systems: a reprint selection. London, Adam-Hilgar Press, 784pp., ISBN 0-85274-205-3. (Buy from Amazon)
  • Hazeltine, R. D. and J.D. Meiss (1991). Plasma Confinement. Redwood City, CA, Addison-Wesley, 394 pp., ISBN 0201-53353-5.
  • R.D. Hazeltine and J.D. Meiss, Plasma Confinement, (2003) 2nd Edition, Dover Press, 480 pp., ISBN 0486432424. (Buy from Amazon)
  • J.D. Meiss, Differential Dynamical Systems, (2007) SIAM, Philadelphia 412 pp., ISBN 978-0-899816-35-1.

Pedagogical Articles

Fields of Research

Computational Topology

Fluid Dynamics

Hamiltonian Dynamics

Plasma Physics

  • A. Aydemir, R.D. Hazeltine, J.D. Meiss, and M. Kotschenreuther, "Destabilization of Alfvén-Resonant Modes by Resistivity and Diamagnetic Drifts", Physics of Fluids 30 4-6 (1987).
  • J.D. Meiss, "Transport Near the Onset of Chaos", Physics Today, Physics News of 1986, January (1987).
  • A. Y. Aydemir, R.D. Hazeltine, M. Kotschenreuther, J.D. Meiss, P.J. Morrison, D.W Ross, F. L. Waelbroeck, J.C. Wiley, "Nonlinear MHD Studies in Toroidal Geometry", Plasma Physics and Controlled Nuclear Fusion Research 1988, Lausanne, Switzerland (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1989), 131-143.
  • J.D. Meiss, "Comment on Microwave Ionization of H-atoms: breakdown of classical dynamics for high frequencies", Phys. Rev. Lett 62 1576 (1989).
  • J.D. Meiss and R.D. Hazeltine, "Canonical Coordinates for Guiding Center Particles", Physics of Fluids, B2 2563-2567 (1990).
  • Hayashi, T., T. Sato, H.J. Gardner and J.D. Meiss, "Evolution of Magnetic Islands in a Heliac", Physics of Plasmas 2 752-759 (1994).
  • J.L. Tennyson J.D. Meiss and P.J. Morrison, "Self-Consistent Chaos in the Beam-Plasma Instability", Physica D 71 1-17 (1994). (PDF reprint).


Classes of Dynamical Systems

Area-Preserving Maps

Symplectic Maps

Volume Preserving Maps

Phemomena and Methods


Invariant Tori

Piecewise Smooth Bifurcations

Polynomial Maps



Twistless Bifurcations

Transitory Dynamics