Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS*4180)
Code and section: PHYS*4180*01
Term: Fall 2011
Instructor: Bernie Nickel
Radiation from localized charge-current distributions (atoms, molecules, nuclei, antennae), electromagnetic potentials, gauge transformations, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalisms, multipole expansions of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields, and a selection of topics from radiation damping. Lorentz electron theory, wave guides, plasmas, relativistic electrodynamics, radiation scattering.
- Introduction to Electrodynamics by D. J. Griffiths is an excellent source for review and most of the topics covered in this course.
- The book Classical Electrodynamics by J. D. Jackson covers rather more than what is in this course but it does describe all topics very clearly and is an excellent reference.
- The Feynman Lectures on Physics (vol 2) are also worth looking at for their very nice physical descriptions.
Important Times and Dates
|M W F||11:20-12:30||MacN 118|
Dec 14, 2011 7:00-9:00pm
The course will roughly follow the order of topics listed below. Some, like the waves section will be very brief to avoid duplication with other courses.
- Electromagnetics (static E, B fields)
- Multipole fields (spherical harmonic expansion)
- Maxwell’s eqn’s. (time dependent E, B fields; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian for particle motion)
- Waves (mostly special effects in conducting media; waveguides)
- Retarded potentials and radiation from point charges
- Radiation from harmonically oscillating charges
- Scattering of EM radiation (dispersion in gases and liquids)
- Special relativity and Maxwell’s eqn’s. (transformation properties of EM fields)
Midterm to be scheduled in week 8, 9 or 10
I encourage discussion among students on assignments but whatever is submitted must be independently written up. I am available for consultation most days and most hours.
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