Electromagnetic Waves

Course #PH3352

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Maxwell's equations, energy density and Poynting vector, boundary conditions. Polarization. Propagation of uniform plane waves in vacuum, dielectrics, conducting media (with emphasis on sea water) and low-density neutral plasmas. Reflection and refraction at plane dielectric and conducting boundaries, at normal and oblique incidence. Rectangular waveguides.

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  • 124


  • PH2351

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the concepts of conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum in electrodynamics to calculus-based physical problems.
  • Apply Maxwells equations in linear media to understand the properties of electromagnetic waves, reflection and transmission of electromagnetic waves across boundaries, and guided waves.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the potential formulation of electrodynamics and apply these principles to solve problems related to gauge invariance, the equivalence between the field and potential formulations, and related topics.
  • Apply basic principles of radiation to solve problems relating to simple antenna performance and radiation patterns.
  • Use space-time four vectors and the matrix formulation of special relativity to solve relativistic problems involving electrodynamics.
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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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