Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS*4180)

Code and section: PHYS*4180*01

Term: Fall 2017

Instructor: De-Tong Jiang


Course Information

Calendar Description

Radiation from localized charge-current distributions (atoms, molecules, nuclei, antennae), electromagnetic potentials, guage 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.


Lecturer Office Extension Email
De-Tong Jiang MacN-223 53982

Course Materials


  • “Introduction to Electrodynamics” by D.J. Griffiths (4th Ed.), will be used as the primary text.


  • 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. Selected contents from the book “Modern Electrodynamics” by A. Zangwill will also be used as complementary material to the teaching.


Assessment Scheme 1 Weight Scheme 2 Weight
Assignments 30% 30%
Midterm Exam 30% 20%
Final Exam 40% 50%

Assignment deadlines will be enforced with a late penalty of 10% per day.

Midterm Examination

Friday, October 20th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Room TBA

Final Examination

Monday, December 11th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Room TBA


Day Time Location
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:30 am - 10:20 am MacN 318


  1. Electromagnetics (static E, B fields)
  2. Multipole fields (spherical harmonic expansion)
  3. Maxwell’s eqn’s. (time dependent E, B fields; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian for particle motion)
  4. Waves (mostly special effects in conducting media; wave guides)
  5. Retarded potentials and radiation from point charges
  6. Radiation from harmonically oscillating charges
  7. Scattering of EM radiation (dispersion in gases and liquids)
  8. Special relativity and Maxwell’s eqn’s. (transformation properties of EM fields)

Course Policies

Consideration for Illness, etc.

If you request academic consideration due to illness of a physical, psychological or emotional nature, or due to compassionate reasons, you may be required to provide suitable documentation (e.g., a medical certificate from a physician) at the discretion of the lecturer. See the Undergraduate Calendar for details.

Getting Help

No fixed office hours set at this time, however, should it become necessary, I will inform you of these hours in class or via the course D2L site. You’re encouraged to drop by my office anytime during the day to look for help or make an appointment to see me.

Collaboration versus Copying

Students are encouraged to discuss with each other during working on the problem assignments. However, the work that you submit as your assignment must not be a copy of someone else's work. Identical scripts will be given a mark of zero and plagiarism will be dealt with severely. Proper citations should be provided when books and other articles are used in your works.

Course Assessment

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