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Electrodynamics

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.

  • 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 lectures, exercise sessions, and feedback on homwork assignments.
    The course is given in English.

    Assessment

    The course is examined through written reports of home work assignments and  oral presentation of seminar assignment.

    Examiner

    Ingemar Bengtsson

    Phone: +468 5537 8732

    E-mail: Ingemar.Bengtsson@fysik.su.se

  • 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

  • More information

    More information about the course can be found on the course web page.

    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: Ingemar.Bengtsson@fysik.su.se

    Problem sessions:
    Nadia Flodgren, e-mail: nadia.flodgren@fysik.su.se

     

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: studievagledare@fysik.su.se

    Student office: studentexp@fysik.su.se