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Classical electrodynamics

PHYS-324

Lecturer(s) :

Augusto Penedones Fernandes João Miguel

Language:

English

Summary

The goal of this course is the study of the physical consequences of Maxwell equations.

Content

I Maxwell equations: the laws of electrodynamics, differential and integral form of Maxwell equations, scalar and vector potential, gauge transformations, solutions of Maxwell equations using Green functions, Newmann and Dirichlet boundary conditions, vacuum solutions and solutions in the presence of charges and currents, retarded potentials, Liénard-Wiechert potentials, radiation emission by moving charges.

II Multipole expansion: electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, dipole radiation.

III Electric and magnetic field in matter: derivation of macroscopic electrodynamic equations, continuity boundary conditions, waves in a medium, reflection and refraction of waves.

IV Special Relativity: Maxwell equations and the birth of relativity, Galilean and Lorentz transformations, four-vectors and tensor calculus, covariant form of Maxwell equations, relativistic particle dynamics.

 

 

Keywords

Maxwell equations, electromagnetic field, multipole expansion, special relativity, Lorentz transformations.

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

General physics and mathematics courses of the physics bachelor cycle.

Important concepts to start the course

Differential and integral calculus. Newtonian mechanics. Electro and magnetostatics.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Lectures and problem solving sessions.

Expected student activities

Attendance at lectures, study of the lectures at home and problem solving during exercise sessions and at home.

Assessment methods

Final written exam. Optional written exam during the semester.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes

Resources

Bibliography

"Modern electrodynamics", Andrew Zangwill, Cambridge University Press 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0521896979

"Classical electrodynamics / John David Jackson". Year:1999. ISBN:978-0-471-30932-1

"Le cours de physique de Feynman / [Richard] Feynman, [Robert] Leighton, [Matthew] Sands". Year:1995. ISBN:2-10-004504-0

"Théorie des champs / L. Landau, E. Lifchitz; [traduit du russe par Sergueï Medvédev]". Year:1999. ISBN:5-03-000641-9

 

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In the programs

    • Semester
       Fall
    • Exam form
       Written
    • Credits
      4
    • Subject examined
      Classical electrodynamics
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11  CE5  
11-12  GRB330 
12-13    
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German