Fall 2022 - PHYS 821 G100

Advanced Electromagnetism I (3)

Class Number: 4412

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 421 or equivalent.



Advanced topics in classical electromagnetic theory: review of Maxwell's equations in free space and in macroscopic media, with applications in contemporary research; relativistic unification of electromagnetism; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods in electromagnetism.


Advanced topics in classical electromagnetic theory: Review of Maxwell's equations, wave propagation, radiation theory, special relativity and electromagnetic theory, magnetohydrodynamics and plasma physics, radiation damping. More advanced topics if time permits (see below).

1) Review of Maxwell's equations.  
2) Special relativity and the covariant formulation of electrodynamics.  
3) Fields of moving charges.  
4) Radiation of electromagnetic waves. 
5) Scattering of electromagnetic waves.  
6) Electromagnetism and materials, Magnetohydrodynamics.  
7) Time permitting, specialized topics depending on time available and interest of students: The geometry of the Maxwell field (chains, cycles, forms and differential structure), Maxwell-Dirac system and gauge fields.


  • TBA



TEXTBOOK (recommended, non required, this list is not exhaustive):

1) Classical Electrodynamics, 2nd or 3rd ed., J. D. Jackson, Wiley and Sons.  
2) Modern Electrodynamics, A. Zangwill, Cambridge University Press.  
3) Classical Theory of Fields, 4th ed., L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, Pergamon.  
4) Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, Vol.8, 2nd ed., L. Landau and E. Lifshitz, Pergamon.  

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