Phys 312, Electrodynamics, Fall 2014

The outline of the course is as follows:

Maxwell's equations for electrodynamics, gauges (Coulomb and Lorentz), retarded potentials, Jefimenko's equations
(parts of Chapter 6 (sections 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5) of Jackson, Chapter 10 (sections 10.1, 10.2 ) of Griffiths)

Energy and momentum associated with an EM wave, Poynting flux (Chapter 6,  (section 6.7) Jackson, Chapter 8,  (section 8.1, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3) Griffiths)


Problem set 1


Wave propagation: polarization, dispersion, concept of group velocity, Kramers-Kronig relations
(parts of Chapter 7 (section 7.1, 7.2, 7.5, 7.8, 7.9) of Jackson)


Problem set 2


Quiz 1


Basics of waveguides and resonant cavities: normal modes in waveguides and cavities, cavity Q
(parts of Chapter 8 of Jackson (sections 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.7), parts of Chapter 9 of Griffiths (section 9.5) ) 


Midterm exam


Physical Optics: Scalar diffraction theory, Babinet's principle (Parts of Chapter 10, Jackson, chapter 8, Principles of Optics, Born & Wolf)

Born & Wolf sections 8.3.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.3, 8.5.1, 8.5.2


Problem set 3

Radiation from a moving point charge: the Lienard-Wiechert potentials, introduction to special relativity, four vectors. (Rybicki & Lightman sections 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 4.2)


Quiz 2

Basics of tensor calculus, the covariant formulation of electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations in covariant form (Sections 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7 of Rybicki & Lightman. Also Chapter 1, parts of Chapter 3, 4 and 8 of Landau & Lifshitz; Chapters 10 and 12 of Griffiths)


Problem set 4


Final Exam

15% each for quiz 1 and quiz 2, 35% for midterm, 35% for final


The texts that will be useful are:

An Introduction to Electrodynamics, Griffiths Prentice Hall India)

Classical Electrodynamics, J. D. Jackson (Wiley Eastern, third edition).

The Classical Theory of Fields, Landau & Lifshitz (Butterworth & Heinemann, fourth revised edition).

Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Rybicki & Lightman (Wiley Interscience) 

Papers