Class Meets: Lectures 10:45 am - 12:40 pm, Monday and Wednesday, LS 107.
Instructor: Oleg Starykh, 304 JFB, Email: starykh `at' physics.utah.edu
Office Hours: Thursday, 3 - 4 pm, or by appointment.
Teaching Assistant (grading): Mr. Hassan Allami
Textbooks: the course is mostly based on my lecture notes. The recommended (but not required) textbook for the class is D. B. Melrose and R. C. McPhedran, Electromagnetic processes in dispersive media. [Book's info: ISBN-10: 052101848X ; ISBN-13: 978-0521018487 ; paperback version is published by Cambridge University Press (August 22, 2005). Amazon webpage of the book is here.]
This book provides a useful perspective which we plan to use in discussing waves in media. In addition, the following books might be helpful: Landau and Lifshitz, The Theory of Fields; Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics; Brau, Modern Problems in Classical Electrodynamics.
Course Description Electrodynamics II is a second part of the year-long graduate course.Homeworks are due on Wednesdays at 10:45 am (before the start of the class). There will be no homeworks in the weeks immediately after a midterm.
Course Objectives: This is a core first-year graduate class whose main objectives are
1. to lay down the foundations of the understanding of the field theory, including development of important math skills in applications of tensor algebra, partial differential equations, vector calculus, etc., essential for physicists of all later specializations;
2. to acquire working knowledge of the broad spectrum of electromagnetic phenomena, including practical ability to analyze them qualitatively as well as quantitatively; the problems to be addressed during this course will range from classical ones in electrostatics to modern applications, such as plasmonics.
Main topics to be covered: field of moving charges, radiation, waveguides, and electrodynamics of linear, dispersive media.
Previous semester's web page (Fall 2016, Electrodynamics I, taught by Prof. Pesin) is here.
Course requirements Lecure and discussion section attendance is expected. No late homeworks are accepted unless there is an explicit agreement with the instructor regarding this.
Grading policy and exams: 10 highest-score homeworks, 15 points each (33.3%); 2 midterms, 75 points each (33.3%); final test 150 points (33.3%); no make-up test/assignments unless for legitimate reasons: emergency (documented), university-approved travel, etc.
|1||Mon Jan 8||Wave equation, retarded/advanced Green's function Lect1||Review Chap1,2; read Chap.4,5 of Melrose and McPhedran "EM processes in dispersive media"||hw01||1/17 // sol01|
|2||Wed Jan 10||Lienard-Wierchert potentials, basics of scalar diffraction theory Lect2||Diffraction is described in Ch. 9.3. of Brau's book, pp.456-475|
|Mon Jan 15||no class: Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday|
|3||Wed Jan 17||Radiation, far-field approximation Lect3A and Lect3B||hw02||1/24 //|
|4||Mon Jan 22||Radiation, dipole approximation Lect4||Simple linear antenna Lect4B||5||Wed Jan 24||1/31 //|
|6||Mon Jan 29|
|7||Wed Jan 31||2/7 //|
|8||Mon Feb 5|
|9||Wed Feb 7||2/21 //|
|10||Mon Feb 12||midterm 1|
|11||Wed Feb 14||Mon Feb 19||no class: Presidents' Day holiday|
|12||Wed Feb 21||2/28 //|
|13||Mon Feb 26|
|14||Wed Feb 28|
|15||Mon Mar 5|
|16||Wed Mar 7||APS March meeting||3/14 //|
|17||Mon Mar 12|
|18||Wed Mar 14|
|Mar 18-25||no class: Spring break!|
|19||Mon Mar 26|
|20||Wed Mar 28||4/4 //|
|21||Mon Apr 2|
|22||Wed Apr 4||4/11 //|
|23||Mon Apr 9|
|24||Wed Apr 11||4/18 //|
|25||Mon Apr 16||midterm 2|
|26||Wed Apr 18|
|27||Mon Apr 23|
|Fri Apr 27||Final exam 10:30 am - 12:30 pm|