Electomagnetic Theory (PHYS*7060)

Code and section: PHYS*7060*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Jim Martin


Course Information

DRAFT (to be finalized 1st week of lectures)


Maxwell’s equations and conservation laws; accelerated point charges and electromagnetic radiation; multipole expansions; electromagnetism and special relativity; selected applications.


Lecturer: Jim Martin, jddmartin@uwaterloo.ca
Teaching Assistant: TBA


Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am-11:30am, starting Tuesday, Jan. 11th
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Course Materials


“Modern Electrodynamics”, Zangwill
ISBN: 978-0521896979 (hardcover)

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Course Content

Detailed Course Content: - SR special relativity - Lorentz force law and relativistic motion of point charges - relativistic transformation of fields - fields of a uniformly moving charge - Thomas precession. - Maxwell’s equations in covariant form. Gauge - conservation laws, stress momentum energy tensor. - plane electromagnetic waves. - General solutions of Maxwell’s equations in Lorenz gauge (Green’s function) - electric and magnetic dipole radiation. - LW potentials and point charge fields. - point charge radiation — Purcell’s picture. - bremstrahlung - general relativistic radiation. - synchrotron (radiation by relativistic particles). - Feynman/Patterson approach. - frequency spectrum of synchrotron radiation. - astrophysical applications of synchrotron radiation. - wigglers, undulators, fels. - radiating structures, multipole radiation. - antenna theory, reciprocity, CMB. - radiation reaction.


Assessment Weight
Project 25%
Assignments (approximately weekly) 75%

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