Phys 7120
Electrodynamics II
Spring 2017

Class Meets: Lectures 10:45 am - 12:40 pm, Monday and Wednesday, LS 107.

Instructor: Oleg Starykh, 304 JFB, Email: starykh `at'

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.

Class #
Required Reading
Date due // Solutions
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

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