Fall 2021 - PHYS 822 G100

Advanced Electromagnetism II (3)

Class Number: 1926

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3511, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 421 or equivalent.



Advanced topics in electromagnetic waves: propagation and polarization in free space and in macroscopic media, including dispersive and anisotropic media; conducting and dielectric waveguides and resonators; radiation, scattering, and diffraction.


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Note that PHYS 821, Advanced Electromagnetism I, is not a prerequisite for PHYS 822, Advanced Electromagnetism II, and that either course satisfies the electromagnetism course requirements for the MSc and PhD programs.


The primary goal of this course is to provide basic training in classical electrodynamics at the graduate level. Below is a partial list of the things that you should be able to do by the end of the course.

  •  Describe, both physically and mathematically, how electromagnetic waves propagate in vacuum and continuous media, how they interact with media and the boundaries between them, and how they transport momentum and energy.
  •  Identify the basic technical strategies used to guide and confine electromagnetic waves, and describe, both physically and mathematically, the electromagnetic modes for standard waveguide and resonator geometries.
  •  Describe, both physically and mathematically, the process of electromagnetic radiation from electric and magnetic dipoles and multipoles.
  •  Describe the salient features of synchrotron radiation, radiation reaction, and Cherenkov radiation.
  •  Describe and use the basic approximations used in the theories of scattering and di ffraction.
  •  Solve graduate-level problems in the above topics.



Grading will be based on written assignments, in-class examinations, and a final examination.  Details to be announced at start of semester.



Required Textbook:

  •  Andrew Zangwill, Modern Electrodynamics, ISBN 978-0521896979.
Recommended Readings:
  • L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields, ISBN 0750627689.
  • L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, ISBN 9780750626347
  • J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, ISBN 047130932X.
  • A. K. Garg, Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell, ISBN 0691130183.
  • D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th ed., ISBN 1108420419.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.