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Electrodynamics is the theory of changing electric and magnetic fields and their interactions, and can be widely used to describe many of the phenomena we encounter in our everyday lives.

The course covers a wide range of topics in electrostatics, electrodynamics, relativity and optics, including Gauss law, Poisson and Laplace equations, Boundary value problem, Green’s functions, Method of images, Orthogonal functions and the solution of boundary value problems, Legendre and associated Legendre polynomials and Spherical harmonics, Multipole expansion, Dielectric media and displacement vector, Continuity equation, Magnetostatics in vacuum and media, Faraday's law of induction, Maxwell's equations in vacuum and media, Scalar and Vector potentials, Gauge transformations, Wave equation, Electromagnetic energy densities and Poynting's theorem, Rotations and discrete symmetries, Special relativity and the Lorentz group, Covariant formulation of electrodynamics. Solutions of Maxwell's equations: Plane waves, Greens functions, Jefimenko's equations, Radiation from oscillating sources, Dipole fields, Reflection and Refraction of electromagnetic waves.

Teaching during the autumn term 2020

The focus of the course Electrodynamics in the autumn of 2020 will be on hand-in problems not subject to grading. Each week there will be zoom lectures, as well as a question/exercises session given on campus. Note that the on campus sessions can be moved to zoom if necessary, information about this will in that case be communicated on the course web page. The course is examined through take home assignments as well as an oral examination. More information can be found on the course web page.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced course given during the daytime. It may be included in a master degree program, or taken as an elective course. It can also be taken as part of the Ph.D. program.

    Teaching format

    The course consists of both lectures and exercises sessions.
    The course is given in English.


    The course is examined through written examination and voluntary oral examination.


    Ingemar Bengtsson

    Phone: +468 5537 8732


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition. ISBN 9780471309321

  • Course reports

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  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:
    Ingemar Bengtsson, phone: +468 5537 8732, e-mail:

    Problem sessions:
    Nadia Flodgren, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: